February 15, 2021
How Do I Nudge My Student to Go to Virtual Activities?
Dear Adina, How do I get my son, who began college as a freshman this past September during the "COVID era," to get involved in campus activities even though they are currently all being held virtually? How do I get him to meet some new people at school and become […] Read More
February 10, 2021
How Do I Encourage My Student to Reach Out to Professors?
Dear Adina, How do you get your college student to go out of their comfort zone and reach out to their professors and foster relationships with them? Dear Parent, So many professors I’ve talked to over the years feel very sad that more students don’t come to office hours. Students […] Read More
February 8, 2021
Sad About My New Grad Moving Away
Dear Adina, My son is a senior in college and his current job search is really on my mind. I’d love to know how to remain excited about and supportive of his future opportunities, when it’s highly likely he will be moving very far away. I want to be so […] Read More
February 3, 2021
Concerned for My Daughter's Safety
Dear Adina, My daughter is struggling with her sexual identity and I am not sure how to handle the situation. I worry about her safety later in life if she goes through with the transition. I'm a little upset with her decision. How do I deal with this? Dear Parent, […] Read More
February 2, 2021
What's the Best College Major for a Good Career?
Dear Adina, My student hasn't declared a major yet. Do you have advice about the best college majors for a good career (including salary) five or ten years in the future? Dear Parent, There are people who spend their time pondering and predicting just this sort of thing, and to […] Read More
January 27, 2021
Uneasy About the Long Drive to College
Dear Adina, My 2021 high school senior will be attending college three states and eight hours away from home starting next fall. As an out-of-state student, she is allowed to have a car on campus, and she will. She is a safe, responsible, careful driver, but I'm uneasy about her […] Read More
January 12, 2021
Do I Have to Treat My Two Children the Same?
Dear Adina, My youngest daughter is a freshman engineering major at a small private university. She wants to work spring semester to earn money to cover her (expensive!) sorority dues and has her eye on a job at the campus COVID-19 testing center. I'm worried about two things: her health […] Read More
January 5, 2021
Wondering About My Student's Sexual Identity
Dear Adina, On a phone call this fall my son really surprised me by confiding that he's bisexual. I was pretty floored because he's had relationships with girls and only recently was very sad about it not working out with a girl he'd liked for a long time. He hasn't […] Read More
December 28, 2020
What Should I Do About My Smelly Son?
Dear Adina, We have a 20 and a 22 year old. This season has been so much more challenging than I ever knew to prepare myself for. A friend recently shared your resources with me and they have been incredibly helpful! So first of all, thank you! Secondly, I would love any advice […] Read More
December 22, 2020
Mad About an "F"
Dear Adina, My sophomore just announced that she failed a class this semester! We had no idea this was coming. I know it was a tough fall and it's hard to stay excited about online classes (she had no in-person classes), but I'm frustrated (okay, I’ll say it — mad!) […] Read More