College mom care package party!

College mom care package party!

It was even more fun than we thought it would be! CollegiateParent recently hosted a get-together that included nine women, a dozen USPS medium flat-rate Priority Mail boxes (the kind that self seal), and a table overflowing with student-approved treats: Betty Crocker Mug Treats (microwavable cake) Gum and Gummi bears Microwavable Kraft mac n’ cheese cups Individual

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A parent’s guide to Greek life today

A parent’s guide to Greek life today

Many parents have a predetermined positive or negative opinion of Greek life based on their own experience. When my daughter began her college search, she wanted a campus with an active Greek presence. I had reservations, influenced by stories I heard and read about partying, drinking, hooking up and more. My daughter was barely 18

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Dear First-Time College Parent

Dear First-Time College Parent

Congratulations on getting to this point! Despite some bumps in the road, you produced a son or daughter who is ready for college and that’s no small feat. It’s likely that you’re filled with strong and possibly conflicting emotions: pride in your student and their accomplishments, sadness about leaving them and concern about their ability

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Here comes move-in day!

Here comes move-in day!

The weeks leading up to your freshman leaving for college are a virtual amusement park (i.e., beyond just a roller coaster) of emotion and activity. Shopping and packing, paperwork and appointments, connecting with new roommates, saying goodbye to old friends… Some students — and parents — embrace the chaos while others resist and procrastinate. To

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Summer orientation programs — 6 reasons why parents should attend

Summer orientation programs — 6 reasons why parents should attend

As I trudged into the auditorium, sleep-deprived and a few cups of coffee short of a full attention span, I couldn’t help wondering why I’d agreed to attend another freshman orientation. Granted my youngest was going to a different school than his older brother, but one glance at the two-day itinerary and I was pretty sure

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  • I've been through the process twice, and you are so right: it is stressful! However, everything works out for the best. My daughter ended up attending a school she didn't even want to see. In fact, the day we went to visit, she decided to leave the tour early, rather than going to the question and answer session. Well, it was the best four years of her life thus far, and she has made lifetime friends and had many wonderful experiences because of her education there. Thanks for sharing. I always love reading your pieces.