Chloe Farmer knew from a young age that she wanted to go to college, and her mother, Jennifer decided she would do whatever it took to help her achieve her goals. It wasn’t easy: there were a lot of meetings, a lot of resistance, and many other obstacles. However, by learning and understanding Chloe’s rights and becoming a highly educated and staunch advocate, Jennifer paved the way for Chloe to do what she had to do to go to college. After applying to and being accepted to 3 colleges, Chloe decided on Vanderbilt, where she is today. Participants will learn: a) how to work with high school educators and staff to do self-determined, self-directed post-secondary planning; b) what specific goals to include in the planning, and how to work towards achieving them; c) how to conduct a personalized college search and go through the application & admissions process; and d) making the final decision.