Talk about transfer or time off

Talk about transfer or time off

When that thermometer thing pops up out of the Thanksgiving turkey, maybe it should come with another kind of signal for the families of first and second year college students:  Get ready for the “I think I want to transfer/take time off” text or phone call! My middle son spent Thanksgiving break with relatives in

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Emergencies on campus

Emergencies on campus

Part of our college students’ everyday lives is learning how to prepare for and react in case of an emergency on campus. Campus emergencies may be weather-related (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, winter storm) or involve serious accidents (fire) or an active shooter or other kind of attack. Colleges and universities devise emergency plans for all of these scenarios

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Sophomore slump — Fact or fiction?

Sophomore slump — Fact or fiction?

Depending on who you talk to, sophomore slump is either “ubiquitous” and “unavoidable” or a total non-issue. If your second-year student isn’t experiencing it, you can feel grateful. However, if you sense a slump, you’re not alone. Here’s what may be going on and how you can help your sophomore turn things around (or fend

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The first six weeks of college

The first six weeks of college

You may have heard that the first six weeks can set the tone for your student’s entire freshman year. There’s truth in that, but it’s important for students and parents not to panic if the start of the year is a bit rough. By understanding what your new college student is experiencing, you’ll feel better able

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The send-off to college

The send-off to college

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Now that my older sons are upperclassmen, move-in day is a breeze. Evan, a sophomore, will fly by himself from Colorado to Massachusetts and travel lightly, having left most of his stuff in campus storage. Josh stayed on campus this summer to do research for his senior thesis. But I vividly remember getting ready for that first

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  • Loved this write up. Sounds so much like me but am most of the time questioning them about their health and studies and your article gave me new ideas of staying connected.... Thank you. Will put it to good use soon since my son is going across the country to attend your alma mater 😀

  • Fun but also useful article. I will keep the town crier technique in mind when my second Daughter leaves for college - as well as the Alexa Dot Joke tip! I love that Marlene's son told her her news was Often "inane". Clearly his education is paying off in an evolved vocabulary AT the very least!