Help prepare your college senior for post-graduation responsibilities

Help prepare your college senior for post-graduation responsibilities

I remember well what it was like to be expecting my first child. All the anticipation and preparation were focused on the upcoming birth. But when I had some physical challenges in the first couple weeks after he arrived, my midwife gently reminded me of something I haven’t forgotten, more than two decades later: “You

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The Games Your Kids Are Playing

The Games Your Kids Are Playing

I was curious what the hottest games these days are among teens and college students, so I asked around and compiled this list of the top ones. I’ve included a brief description, so you can be in the know. You may even want to try some of the games yourself! Card and Board Games Apples to Apples

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Emergencies on campus

Emergencies on campus

Updated February, 2018 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, flood, mudslide) or involve serious accidents (fire) or an active shooter or other kind of attack. Colleges and universities devise emergency plans

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When to visit the campus health center

When to visit the campus health center

The health center is right on campus, convenient, and staffed with professionals who will know when a problem is treatable or when your student should be referred to a specialist or sent to the emergency room. Students should feel comfortable taking advantage of campus health resources, and parents should feel confident that they will receive

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Working with professors

Working with professors

Your student’s college professor is more than just an educator. The professor can be a valuable asset both during college and after graduation. The relationship between your student and their professors is also an important mentoring opportunity. It’s important for your student to establish relationships with their professors early in their college career. Where does

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Freshman year of life

Freshman year of life

I recently had the opportunity to spend time with my oldest son’s girlfriend and a group of her friends. (They had just returned from a camp reunion and were bringing back a car they’d borrowed for their weekend adventure.) We began talking about the difficulties transitioning from school to the real world can present; they

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A money talk with your new graduate

A money talk with your new graduate

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Money can be a tricky topic to raise with a newly-minted college graduate but there are few subjects more important. If you haven’t had “the talk” about budgets, saving and financial planning before graduation day, you’ll want to bring it up soon. Where do you start? In the car or plane on the way home

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Career coaching for your college student

Career coaching for your college student

Earlier this spring, I wrote about the process my older daughter (who graduates this weekend!) was going through applying for jobs and considering offers. She’s always been very focused on what she wants to do after college, and so although time consuming and challenging, her job search was relatively straightforward. What if your student is still trying to figure

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Advice on saving for new college graduates

Advice on saving for new college graduates

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Welcome to the first installment in our three-part series of financial advice excerpted from Coin: The Irreverent Yet Practical Guide to Money Management for Recent College Graduates by Judy McNary, CFP®, MBA. Judy has been CollegiateParent’s go-to money expert for years and we are delighted to share her very accessible tips. Forward this evergreen wisdom to

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  • Great article. It reminded me to ask my high school senior about which of her preferred colleges have reached out about a regional event. We attended an event like this with our older daughter who was attending school far from home and it was very valuable.