Freshman summer melt

Freshman summer melt

It’s the summer before freshman year of college, a time your student has anticipated for months (or even years). You’re both busy ticking things off checklists — they’ve filled out umpteen required forms and been in touch with their new roommate; you’re starting to outfit the residence hall room. And then your student decides they don’t

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Why college orientation matters

Why college orientation matters

The transition to college can be disorienting. Students move from the familiar routine of high school and home into a new and unfamiliar world. It’s a big change for their families, too. Fortunately, most colleges and universities recognize this dis-oriented state and support new students and families by offering orientation sessions before the official start of

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Second semester fresh start

Second semester fresh start

Your student completed the first semester of college. Congratulations! Time to build on that success to make the second semester even better. Recognizing the opportunity that a new start brings can be both encouraging and intimidating. Your student wants to build on any successes from last semester, but they may also need to re-evaluate and readjust

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Transition reality check

Transition reality check

In spite of the heart-tug that we feel as we drop our freshmen off at college, we send them with optimism and a hope that they will adjust and thrive. We also worry, but assume that as time passes we will worry less, and most of us do. However, for some parents, it becomes increasingly

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Senior year — The road to graduation

Senior year — The road to graduation

College parents, do you remember your student’s senior year of high school? The angst over applications and essays and letters of recommendation, and the pressure around what felt like the most important decision in your student’s life so far? Even after the final decision was made, your student (and you) worried about classes, the roommate,

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