A college acceptance isn’t a cure-all, get-out-of-jail-free card, where untold riches and lifelong prosperity are as plentiful and readily flowing as red cups filled from a college party keg.


  • FACT: 37% of all students transfer colleges at least once in a six year period.
  • FACT: 33% of first year students don’t re-enroll for the second year at the same four year college.
  • FACT: between 2010-2016, only 61% of college students reported seeking assistance at the career services office, the greatest percentage since the 1940’s. 
  • FACT: Nationwide, only 63% of students complete college after six years, while only 43% graduate in four years.

To avoid such pitfalls, effectively reducing the risk of educational malinvestment, prudent families can use the quiet lull of summer to reflect, reassess, and regroup before the next school year. Then, students can reorient the pursuit of their vision, if needed, or at the least, recommit to their vision with greater confidence in their aptitude. 

Yet, college students may not ask their parents’ advice, resistant to confessing confusion, nor have trusted college advisors to candidly analyze their uncertainty. Since elementary school, many college students feign self-reliance, a facade hardened after years competing in the modern American academic meritocracy, thus partnering with others, even for one’s self-gain, is an anathema

Thus, families often need objective advisors, specialists in the bewilderment of any maturing young adult who’s defining their purpose in this life. Then, college students can sort and analyze their views, reducing the risk of missteps which can reverberate well-beyond their 20’s. 

Jill Yoshikawa has dedicated her professional life to assisting teenagers and their families in the complicated transition from childhood to adulthood, first as a classroom teacher and now as educational counsel. Contact her to schedule an appointment today. 

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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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