Addiction in college

Addiction in college

Substance abuse is prevalent among college students, according to the 2015 Monitoring the Future national survey (a comprehensive evaluation of substance use among young people and adults in the United States). Many college students have access to illicit substances, such as stimulants, marijuana or alcohol. These drugs can be found in dorm rooms, off-campus apartments

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Whose life is it, anyway?

Whose life is it, anyway?

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As a mom with two sons in college, I often find myself wondering where they will be a few years from now when they have jumped through the last hoop that their father and I have set for them. Reflecting on my own time in college, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of choices

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Supporting mental health from a distance

Supporting mental health from a distance

For most young people, going to college is the first time they’ve lived away from home. The experience is exciting, maturing and hopefully fun. It is also a big step and almost inevitably it will bring up some degree of anxiety for them. Students aren’t the only ones who might be anxious. For parents who up

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A secure digital life for your college student

A secure digital life for your college student

From social media to coding, college students today are more technologically savvy than ever before. Though they can navigate any device or application with their eyes closed, they don’t necessarily protect those devices as well as they should. Constant proximity to others — in the dorm, classes and the library — makes it essential that they take

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Trust Me

Trust Me

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There is some part of me that has wanted to be an adult all my life. If not every eighteen-year-old has felt this way, they are likely experiencing it now. I anticipated the summer before freshman year would be trying, as should all parents and students — students are neither children nor full adults and

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The summer sponge experience

The summer sponge experience

If your college student is working, interning or volunteering this summer, he or she has an opportunity to get an extra benefit from these weeks or months of “outta classroom” experience. Encourage your student to be a sponge: “A person having a sponge-like capacity, as for drink, knowledge, etc.” (Webster’s New World Dictionary) The summer

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I want to take a gap year

I want to take a gap year

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By this point in early summer you’re probably thinking that, as the parent of a newly-graduated high school senior, you’re home free. Your student has committed to a college for the fall and all the stress and indecision of the past year is behind both of you (although who suffered more remains to be seen).

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Last best summer

Last best summer

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I remember the summer between my daughter’s high school graduation and when she headed to college in the fall. The last summer. I was full of heartache, memories, angst and excitement for what lay behind her and what lay ahead. What’s a parent to do? How do you turn this “last” summer into the best

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  • I had several friends who got most of their general education courses out of the way through community college. They were then able to graduate from their 4-year school in 2-3 years, which ends up being much more cost-efficient!

  • Some students decide to stay on campus for the summer. An opportunity may come up — a position with the admission office or another department, a chance to do research with a professor, or they may want to work in their college town.