Austin-based SchooLinks helps high school­ers, col­leges find match

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN 260 LIFE - Ni­cole Vil­lal­pando Rais­ing Austin Rais­ing

This col­lege thing is loom­ing in my house. Ev­ery day, a new brochure from some school ar­rives in the mail­box with my 10th-grader’s name on it. And while we’ve had gen­eral “what do you want to be when you grow up, young man?” con­ver­sa­tions and even “any idea what school you’d like to go to?” we haven’t re­ally dipped our toes into the con­fus­ing pool of what seems to be end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties. It feels very over­whelm­ing.

This spring break seems like a good time to start. Ac­tu­ally open up the brochures, son. Look on­line at some of the schools you think you might want to at­tend. Con­sider meet­ing with them when they come to a school fair. Ac­tu­ally talk to the col­lege coun­selor at your school. Make a list of schools we should visit in per­son. That all feels so 1990, the year I was a sopho­more in high school.

Surely there’s a bet­ter way to do it.

Austin-based SchooLinks, schoolinks.com, thinks it is cre­at­ing that bet­ter way. Its on­line plat­form is kind of like Tin­der, but the stu­dent is pick­ing a col­lege, not a date. Stu­dents swipe right if they are on a touch screen and agree with a state­ment, swipe left when they don’t or up if they aren’t sure. Or they can use SchooLinks on a reg­u­lar computer and make choices click­ing on an X or a check in­stead of swip­ing.

CON­TRIB­UTED BY SCHOOLINKS

SchooLinks was cre­ated by Katie Fang.

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