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Happy Anniversary: A Reflection

College Parent Central celebrated its first birthday on April 1, 2010.  We’ve reached a milestone.  Launching on April Fool’s Day in 2009 seemed somehow appropriate since we were not sure what to expect.  We’re pleased to know that, in the past year, so many people have found the information here at College Parent Central helpful.

We believed a year ago, and we continue to believe even more firmly today, that parents have an important place in the college experience of their sons and daughters, but that many parents may need to learn how to be most helpful.  We believe that the more that parents understand about the college experience the more supportive they can be.

Our purpose

The five basic principles with which we began College Parent Central continue to drive us a year later.  Quite simply, they are the following:

  • We believe that parents can be important partners in their child’s education from pre-school through college.
  • We believe that most parents want to be involved in their child’s college experience.
  • We believe that parents do have a place in their child’s college experience.
  • We believe that many parents don’t know how to be involved in their child’s college experience.
  • We believe that many parents don’t understand today’s college experience. (Those of us who attended college ourselves may need to learn how the college experience has changed in the twenty-first century.)

We continue to hope that we can help parents understand the college experience and how they can best be involved in order to be partners with both their student and the college, in order to help their student succeed.

Most popular posts

As we look back over the year, it is interesting to see the posts that have been most popular – perhaps because the information is most needed.  Here are the seven posts that have been read most during the past year.

Favorites

It is literally impossible to choose favorite posts.  Each post was carefully written to provide information, answer an important question that many parents have, or give a new perspective on an issue. We’ve tried to cover topics which include everything from summer preparations, scheduling, college lingo, transfer options, choosing a major and study abroad. We hope we’ve offered lots of practical advice.

An important theme that has emerged over the year, however, is the importance of the relationship between parents and students in helping students be most successful.  In reflecting on a year’s worth of posts, this theme seems to be foundational to all of the practical advice.  So, if we had to choose some favorite posts, they would definitely include the following:

We hope that you will continue to find College Parent Central a place which will validate your role in your child’s college experience. We hope that you will find information, support, and a celebration of the amazing experience of having a child in college. It can be an incredible journey for your child – and for you.

3 comments

1 Nichelle { 04.11.10 at 12:00 am }

We share the same blogging birthday, Vicki! Except Dance Advantage turned two!

I think you’ll see your blog grow with social media, particularly facebook! It is a commitment in addition to blogging but for me it has led to a lot of positive growth and feedback. Wishing you all the best in your second year of blogging. Keep up the great work!

2 Vicki { 04.06.10 at 6:47 am }

Thanks for your feedback, Nancy. I’m glad that you find the articles helpful. Who knows what year two will bring for College Parent Central? Perhaps this will be the year of social media for us. You may see CPC on Facebook before you know it! In the meantime, I hope you keep checking back – and share a link with your family and friends.

3 Nancy Mullen { 04.05.10 at 6:31 pm }

Vicki, Congratulations on your one year anniversary. Your articles are insightful and helpful to parents like myself. Keep up the good work. Any chance you could add an upload feed to Facebook or Twitter? I would love to share your articles with my family and friends.

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