Second semester fresh start

Second semester fresh start

Your student completed the first semester of college. Congratulations! Second semester is an opportunity for a fresh start. Your student can build on their successes from last semester, but they may also need to re-evaluate and readjust based upon lessons learned. What can I expect as my student heads toward a new semester? Returning to school for second

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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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Transfer advice

Transfer advice

First, don’t panic. It can be painful (and frustrating) to see your student unhappy, but the fact that they’re actively reflecting on their education and goals is a sign of personal investment and maturity. A 2015 study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that over a third of college students transferred at least once. Transferring doesn’t

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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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Parties, sex and substances

Parties, sex and substances

Got your attention, didn’t I?! My goal is not to cause panic, but to share information I hope will help you have honest, empowering conversations with your students. Because the fact is, college kids will encounter substance use, partying and sexual activity. By continuing the kinds of “talks” we had while they were growing up

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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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FERPA and HIPAA

FERPA and HIPAA

Many parents view their sons’ and daughters’ college years as a gradual transition from dependent childhood to independent young adulthood. However, there are a few areas where college students are considered adult under the law and parents’ rights to information are restricted. It helps to understand two federal laws: HIPAA and FERPA. Health Records The

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