As a senior in high school, I stared down the barrel of a problem: I had three incredible options to choose from. And that felt like two too many. I had a gray cloud of pros/cons/neutrals running around in my head and no way to really, truly decipher between them.
When I started helping high school students navigate the college search process, I found time and time again they dealt with this issue. And, while it seemed most apparent when faced with a life-altering decision such as “Where should I attend college?” I’ve realized that high school students of all ages (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) often struggle with decision-making for much simpler choices (Ex: “Which elective should I take next semester, pottery or video production?”).
My self-created decision matrix
might not help you or your child...but it also might. And, like many items I offer in my program, if you think of it as just one tool in the larger toolbox, it may be something that can help.
The goal of the decision matrix is to turn an often subjective decision into a slightly more objective one: place schools (or options) on the left hand side, list the characteristics you value across the top, below it list the % value you want to apply for each characteristic (ex: does “prestige” make up 10% of your value? 90% of your value? Only the student can answer that truthfully for themselves)... and then lastly rank 1-10 for each school and each category. The matrix will multiply and provide a final answer.