So, your daughter comes home and says those dreaded words you and your husband never thought you'd hear from one of your darling children: "Mom. Dad. I want to study Industrial Design."
The horror! Mom's a biology tech. Dad's a computer scientist. No words could be more foreign unless she said she wanted to study International Relations or Musical Theater. What is this degree? Where does one go to study this? What skills do you need for admission? Does any school in our state offer such a degree? Where are good schools for this? You'd have her covered if she went into a STEM field, but this?
Don't panic. There are some steps you and your daughter can take get a handle on this decision.
The search is more than just rifling through some college books or consulting with one expert or resource. You need to really spread it around to figure out what's the best fit for you. Talk to everyone (counselors, department heads, former students) and search multiple references (Fiske, College Data, Naviance, Google, departmental websites, university tours) to winnow down your search. Be organized. Be fearless. Be yourself. Good luck!
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