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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

 

Why Has My First Year College Student Been Assigned Summer Reading?

Eight Decisions You and Your College Student Should Make Before College Begins

Why Summer Orientation is Important for Your College Freshman

Eight Life Skills You Should Teach Your College Freshman Before He Heads to College

Helping Your College Student Select a Meal Plan

Summer Preparations for Your Student’s Transition to Freshman Year

Should My Student Consider Deferring Enrollment for College?

Your College Student’s Roommate Match

What is a College Summer Bridge Program?

 

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


Parenting Your College Student Through the Transfer Process

Can My College Student Dispute a Course Grade?

Should My College Student Live Off Campus?

 

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.

 

Affirming Helicopter Parents: Redefining the Title

Affirming Helicopter Parents: A Look in the Mirror

Affirming Helicopter Parents: How to Hover Constructively

College Parent Orientation: A Key Beginning

Yes, You’re a College Parent, But What Exactly Does That Mean?

Your Role as a College Parent: Sideline Coach

Parent Relations Offices Offer Parents an Opportunity for Involvement

Your Five Most Important Jobs as a College Parent

 

Additional resources

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!

2 comments

1 Encharter Insurance { 03.05.14 at 3:56 pm }

This website is so helpful! As a “fairly” recent college grad from UCONN, I know that my parents would have loved to have this information before shipping me off to school. There’s no handbook for this stuff and this is the closest you’ll get! I just recently wrote a blog post about sending your child off to college safely with their car with CT Car Insurance…All while saving the parents some money. Since you seem to be an expert in this area, I would love your feedback. Thanks for your help!
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2 Heidi Warner { 07.14.11 at 9:50 am }

This website is so helpful! As a “fairly” recent college grad from UCONN, I know that my parents would have loved to have this information before shipping me off to school. There’s no handbook for this stuff and this is the closest you’ll get! I just recently wrote a blog post about sending your child off to college safely with their car with CT Car Insurance…All while saving the parents some money. Since you seem to be an expert in this area, I would love your feedback. Thanks for your help! http://ct.encharter.com/about-us/our-blogs/Save_Money_on_Your_College_Students_CT_Car_Insurance

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