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College is Serious Business

April 2013

mothers_logo_final_CS4But first, let’s have some SERIOUS FUN. Join in this fun, fast-paced interactive event where professionals, moms and dads mentor high school students on April 23.

The scariest thought about choosing a college is that after all the searching, selection and tuition, will our children be happy with their choice, and find a major that will bring them success upon graduation? The alternative is an expensive mistake.


April 23, 6pm-9pm, Maryland Golf & Country Club.

To register, visit For additional information, contact Vicki Franz, 410-584-9960 or

It has never been more important to focus college education on outcomes (employment). But, at the age we are asking our teens to make life decisions, they often have no idea where to focus their academic interests. They may also be unclear what careers have in common with college majors. How many of us have a career that relates to our college major?

After years of teaching our young children to not talk to strangers, we now must teach our teens the art of starting conversations, asking questions and communicating with confidence. Adults hold the keys to their success – summer jobs, now. And, in the near future, there will be their college professors, providing internships, guidance and ultimately, jobs. Communication skills, personal growth and confidence are lifelong skills.

The goal of Parents Mentoring Children™ is to help teens become more prepared for college, especially as it relates to thinking about a career. Students will learn how to meet adults, talk about careers and college. Adults will illustrate the art of conversing, model appropriate behavior, and teach communication and etiquette skills while sharing their own professional experience.

In high school, teens have many friends and spend a lot of time with other parents. These connections can be valuable once in college when seeking support for a project, an internship or future reference or connection. The time to learn how to communicate is now, while they are at the kitchen tables of their friends.

At check-in, each student will receive a name badge and business cards to use for networking. Adults will facilitate this learning process. Each name tag will include conversational clues to get the conversation started. Once the adult feels that the student has connected with them, made eye contact, asked questions and engaged in conversation for about five minutes, they earn a business card exchange. The goal would be to earn a minimum of five cards.
Building a network of professional contacts can be a powerful resource for their college career. They will leave with the beginnings of their own professional network, meeting professionals that can be impactful as mentors or as contacts in college for projects and internships.

We will have a plated dinner and hear from several local professionals who will bring their own careers to life, illustrating the importance of education, initiative and opportunity.

Kristi Breslin, WJZ and Bel Air resident, took a rather straight line to her career in broadcast television. Rob Weinhold, Principal of The Fallston Group in Bel Air, had a more diverse, circuitous career path.

By the end of the evening, students will have learned about many different career perspectives, and walk away with the beginnings of their own professional networking group.