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Summer Homework for College Parents

You have a new college student headed to school for the first time in late August or September.  You may be feeling relieved that the college search and application process is over, but also a bit anxious about what may lie ahead.  Your student is busily connecting with new friends on Facebook and saying goodbye to old friends at home.  In between, your student may be shopping for cool dorm room furnishings and possibly even reading an assigned summer book.

You may wonder what you should or could be doing this summer to stay involved, while letting your student take the lead for the college process.  Here is a short list to get you started.  Spend some time this summer getting familiar with your student’s school, and also having some important conversations with your student.  Let your student take the lead, but be armed with some information and ideas just in case you’re needed.

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July 30, 2011   No Comments

Amazon Kindle Textbook Rental May Save Your College Student Money

Amazon.com has just announced a new program of textbook rentals for its Kindle e-reader.  If you have a college student who is facing the purchase of textbooks this year, you may want to discuss this new program with him.  For students who already own an e-reader or similar device, this is especially exciting news.  Students who do not own a Kindle may now want to consider purchasing one.  The good news, however, is that textbooks rented through this rental program may also be viewed through Amazon’s “rent once, read everywhere” philosophy on other devices such as a PC, IPad, IPhone, Android, Mac, Blackberry, and others through the Kindle application.

Amazon’s new Kindle rental program claims that it will have “tens of thousands of textbooks” available for this 2011-2012 school year.  Most books are being offered for rental at up to 80% off of the list purchase price of the hard copy of the book. Students will only need to pay for the time that they need the book.

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July 22, 2011   No Comments

Summer Before College a Summer of Decisions: Financial Decisions

This is the third of three posts about decisions new college students may face during the summer before freshman year. As a college parent, you can help your student consider some of these important issues.(Read the post about academic decisions here, and the post about student life decisions here.) This post looks at some financial decisions students may face.

Your student has been accepted to college and made the choice of which college to attend.  You’ve paid the deposit and your student is now happily, if somewhat nervously, connecting with new friends on Facebook as she prepares to head off to college at the end of the summer.  You may be feeling relief that the decisions are over and you can all settle in for the ride.

It may not be that easy.  The summer before freshman year of college is still a time of many decisions for both you and your soon-to-be college student.  Some of the decisions will be easy, some may have been discussed previously, and some may take you by surprise.

It is natural for both you and your student to feel somewhat overwhelmed by the number of things that you need to think about and prepare during this busy summer. But starting now, and making some decisions early, will help both you and your student feel more in control of this transition process. We hope that you and your student will think about some of these issues – and follow the links for further reading.

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July 18, 2011   No Comments

Summer Before College a Summer of Decisions: Student Life Decisions

This is the second of three posts about decisions new college students may face during the summer before freshman year.  As a college parent, you can help your student consider some of these important issues.(Read the post about academic decisions here.)  This post looks at some student life decisions students may face.  The final post will discuss student financial decisions.

Your student’s been accepted to college and made the choice of which college to attend.  You’ve paid the deposit and your student is now happily, if somewhat nervously, connecting with new friends on Facebook as she prepares to head off to college at the end of the summer.  You may be feeling relief that the decisions are over and you can all settle in for the ride.

It may not be that easy.  The summer before freshman year of college is still a time of many decisions for both you and your soon-to-be college student.  Some of the decisions will be easy, some may have been discussed previously, and some may take you by surprise.  Being prepared for making some of these decisions will help both you and your student anticipate some issues that might arise. 

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July 15, 2011   No Comments

Summer Before College a Summer of Decisions: Academic Decisions

This is the first of three posts about decisions new college students may face during the summer before freshman year.  As a college parent, you can help your student consider some of these important issues.  This post looks at some academic decisions students may face.  The next two posts will discuss student life decisions and financial decisions.

 

Your student has been accepted to college and made the choice of which college to attend.  You’ve paid the deposit and your student is now happily, if somewhat nervously, connecting with new friends on Facebook as she prepares to head off to college at the end of the summer.  You may be feeling relief that the decisions are over and you can all settle in for the ride.

It may not be that easy.  The summer before freshman year of college is still a time of many decisions for both you and your soon-to-be college student.  Some of the decisions will be easy, some may have been discussed previously, and some may take you by surprise.  Being prepared for making some of these decisions will help both you and your student anticipate some of the issues that might arise.

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July 11, 2011   No Comments

Encourage Your College Student to Join a Professional Association

As you send your student off to college, or as your student is settling into the college routine in his first year or two, it is difficult to imagine that joining a professional organization or two could possibly matter.  You and your college student may still be adjusting to college life and that professional career may seem a long way off.

Joining a professional association or organization related to your student’s chosen career may seem something that should be considered during your student’s senior year or as he is about to begin his professional career.  However, there are many benefits of joining professional associations early.  Although both you and your student may initially feel that adding the cost of membership to the already expensive college years may not be worth it, consider some of the following reasons why membership may be a good idea.  Then, talk to your student about his goals, interests, and opportunities.

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July 7, 2011   No Comments

Roundup of Helpful Posts for July 2011

Summer is in full swing and your college student – or soon to be college student – is probably busy with a summer job and spending time with friends.  She may have attended an orientation, or that may not happen until the end of the summer.  As exciting as the prospect of college is, for many parents and students, the summer before college begins is a stressful time.

If your student has already spent a year at college, he knows what to expect in the fall.  He will be one of the upperclass students who seems to know it all – envied by the new first year students.  However, even your returning college student may have a few things that he should be thinking about over the summer to make next year even better.

July is an interesting month in the college process for your student.  He may still feel more like a high school student than a college student.  There may not yet be an urgency to prepare for the fall.  The college search and acceptance process is over (finally!) and everyone may be welcoming some down-time before preparations begin in earnest in August.  However, July may provide a good time to lay some groundwork for a successful fall.

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July 4, 2011   2 Comments