Holiday Gifts for College Students: Some Suggestions

Last holiday season we made some recommendations for some gift book suggestions for college students — or about to be college students.  Some of these books will help them navigate into, through, and beyond college.  We still think that they are good suggestions for holiday gifts for your college student.  Some of these books are just for fun, and some provide plenty of helpful hints for surviving college.  They cover everything from general advice to cooking, money management and career advice.  Check out our Recommended List of Gift Books and find something for your student.

This year, in addition to our book recommendations, we’d like to suggest a few other possible gift ideas for about-to-be college students, current college students, or almost-graduate college students.  Of course, you know your student best, and you know what may or may not interest him, but here are a few ideas to stimulate your imagination.

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Colleges Are Working to Keep Your Student Enrolled

Retention is not a new topic, but it is an important topic for colleges.  Your student’s college wants him to stay enrolled. It is good for your student, and obviously, it is good for the college.  Many students transfer to a different college — often after a semester, a year, or two years.  Roughly 55% of students who start college finish school in six years at the same school.  There are hundreds of reasons why a student may transfer, some of which are better than others.

If your student talks about transferring, it is important that you help her think about her reasons.  Talk to her about whether things will be different in a different place, or whether she might make some changes in her approach in her current school. Many students consider a transfer at some point during their first or second year, but many choose to remain where they are.   As you and your student think about the transfer question, keep in mind that most colleges are working hard to help your student succeed and find satisfaction.  Your student chose this college initially, and the college selected your student.  The college wants this to work.  Your student might think about whether she is taking advantage of all of the opportunities provided.

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Book Review: College Survival Tips for Parents

From time to time, we like to review some of the books available for parents of college students.  There is a wealth of literature available to help parents cope with the transition to college and the changes that occur throughout the college years.  We’ve created lists of recommended reading.  Check out our Resources and Tools page for suggestions.

This review looks at College Survival Tips for Parents by Ceil Hall.  The book is a companion piece for the author’s book, College Survival Tips, which is geared to students.  The subtitle for this book is Fostering Growth and Independence in Your Kids.

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Reasons Why Your College Student May Need to Come Home for a Weekend

There are many important reasons why you should encourage your student to stay on campus on the weekends and not come home every weekend.  Research indicates that those students who are engaged and involved on campus not only do better in school, but also experience higher satisfaction with the college experience.  It is important to help your student understand why she should not return home most weekends if that is an option.

However, if your student attends school at a distance that makes coming home for a weekend a possibility, there are some reasons why an occasional visit home for a weekend may make sense.

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