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

Here at CollegiateParent, quite a few of us are the parents of high school and college students. A year ago, three of us had high school seniors who’d applied to college and were spending late March/early April finalizing their college choices. Campus visits had taken us to both coasts and points in between and the

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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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