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.
Here are a few posts with specific things to consider in July. Check out our previous post for a more comprehensive summer list.
Time to begin to think ahead and to prepare
Real preparations may come later in the summer, but this is a good time to get started on understanding requirements and laying a foundation
For continuing college students
Some students returning to college may need to use summer to reflect on the year past and consider changes for next year
Your role as a college parent
You will have an important role to play – but it may require a new way of thinking. This is a god time to begin to think about how you will proceed.
Summer is also a great time to do some extra reading. As a college parent, you may want to get more advice from the experts. Be sure to check out our Reading Lists and Reviews section in the right hand side bar of this site. Stock up on some beach reading!