The College Parent Central Year in Review: Articles of Interest for 2014

It’s that time of year when we can’t quite decide whether to look backwards at the year that is just ending or to look ahead at the year about to begin.  We probably need to do a little bit of both.  Looking back gives us some perspective to look ahead, and think about our goals and plans for the new year based on where we’ve come.

So before we look ahead, make plans, make resolutions we probably won’t keep, or set goals for 2015, we’d like to take a moment to look back at some of our articles for 2014.  These are the articles that, to us, speak most about the essence of the college parent role and/or speak to those ideas and issues that most affect the way we relate to our college sons and daughters.

We invite you to take a few minutes to review these articles, and to think about how you view your role.  How have you grown into the role over the past year?  Where might you and your college student go next year?

Five Most Popular Posts in 2014

All of these posts were published prior to 2014.  However, they still remain the most read posts this year.  Clearly they speak to a need for college parents.

What to Do If Your Student Is Academically Dismissed from College

Should My Student Consider Withdrawing from a Class?

Academically Dismissed from College?  Ten Steps to Move On

Should My Student Consider Retaking a Course?

What to Do If Your College Student Is On Academic Probation


 Five Important Posts in 2014 for High School Parents

If your student is still in high school, your questions and interests are different than they will be in a year or two when your student heads to college.  But college related questions are still in the forefront of many high school parents’ minds.

Beyond Admission: Preparing Your High School Senior for College

Getting to Know You: 15 Ways to Learn About a College

Your Student Is Going to College!  What Do You Do Now?

What Is a High School Postgrad Year?

Is a High School Postgrad Program Right for Your Student?


Five Important Posts in 2014 for New College Parents

As a new college parent, you have many, many questions.  Here are five important posts for parents whose students are just getting started in the college experience.

Managing Time, Managing Self: College Freshman Challenge — Part 1

Managing Time, Managing Self: College Freshman Challenge — Part 2

Are You Sending a Shy Student to College?

Your College Student’s Health: Important Paperwork That Can Make a Difference

Parents, Is Your Student Off to College?  Here’s Some Homework for You


Five Personal Favorites for 2014

It is always difficult, if not impossible, to pick favorite posts.  We write about topics of interest, and we always produce the best posts that we can.  However, these five posts of 2014 stand out as topics of particular interest and/or importance for this past year.

Do You Have a Super Senior? Making the Most of the Fifth Year of College

Three Steps to Take If Your College Student Is Forced to Change Major

More Than a GPA: Seven Qualities That Matter

Going With the Flow: Why College Students’ Ability to Adapt Matters

Why Your Student Should Consider an On-Campus Internship


Important Series in 2014

Occasionally, an issue is so broad — and important — that it lends itself to a series of posts.  This year, we wrote a series of posts about student well being based on the important study done by Purdue University and Gallup, Inc.

 Taking Control of Your College Experiences Now Can Affect Your Well-Being After College

College Experiences That Lead to Well-Being After Graduation: Getting Excited About Learning

College Experiences That Lead to Well-Being After Graduation: Having Someone Care

College Experiences That Lead to Well-Being After Graduation: Making the Most of a Mentor

College Experiences That Lead to Well-Being After Graduation: Working on a Longer Project

College Experiences That Lead to Well-Being After Graduation: An Internship or Job

College Experiences That Lead to Well-Being After Graduation: Participating in Extracurricular Activities


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