“My son thinks Saturday night is the future. He’s not a bad student but he just does what’s needed and then he’s off with his friends or playing video games. Whenever I want to talk about college, he grunts. I told him that getting into UCONN would be great but he needs higher scores than his PSATs and that I wasn’t going to pay for a mediocre private college” so said a parent of a Guilford High School student a few years back.
Liam came to our fall SAT class with that vacant look of “why am I in a classroom in Madison on a Sunday? During my opening lecture in SAT class, I discuss the future in ways that most students either haven’t heard or haven’t paid attention to before. I don’t recall noticing that Liam had paid more attention than any other student during this part of class.
But, something must have clicked. When he came home, he asked his mom if they could discuss visiting college. His father was stunned. “I hope his SAT scores go up. But just making him think about the future made the course worth every penny.”