Top 10 Questions NOT to Ask a High School Senior


  1. Where are you applying to college?
  2. You must be excited to graduate high school, aren’t you?
  3. Isn’t senior year the best time of your life?
  4. What is your GPA?
  5. What are your SAT scores?
  6. Why do you want to apply there? (referring to a particular college)
  7. My son/daughter/nephew/co-worker’s daughter’s boyfriend’s cousin went to _____ (fill-in-the-blank with a college name). Why don’t you go there?
  8. What’s going to be your major?
  9. What do you want to do for the rest of your life?
  10. Why aren’t you going to become a ______, like your mom or dad?

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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