Austin-based SchooLinks helps high schoolers, colleges find match
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.
SchooLinks was created by Katie Fang.