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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How to decide? Making the final college choice

How to decide? Making the final college choice

CollegiateParent is a small company but as it happens three of us are parents of current high school seniors who have applied to college and are spending this month finalizing their college decisions. Campus visits have taken us to both coasts and points in between. Now we are sifting through the impressions, photos and facts.

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Finals survival strategies for college students

Finals survival strategies for college students

It’s that time of year again, when college students across the country go into full-on panic mode: cramming into libraries, pulling all-nighters and drinking way too much caffeine. It doesn’t help that the last few weeks of the semester tend to coincide with longer, warmer days making it even harder to stay on task. Fortunately, with

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Emergencies on campus

Emergencies on campus

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 for all of

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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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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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  • another ‘to do’ idea - re visit career counseling / advisor to take meaningful steps to secure a summer internship (especially for undergrad juniors)

  • Thank you for this revealing article. My freshman daughter will be home in a few days and I was wondering how things would go. She already announced her friend event schedule - which did not include us for the most part. I guess I will need to take a back seat to her social life and be there when she comes home. I feel much more prepared.