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Your College Senior: Preparing to Finish College

There’s a lot of focus on the transition for students from high school to college.  We know that students heading off to college face a whole new world.  But sometimes we underplay – or completely forget – that as students prepare to graduate from college, they are also entering a time of tremendous transition – and the whole new world of employment or graduate school.

As parents, we’ve worked throughout our student’s college career to loosen our grip, at least a little, and to recognize and celebrate our child’s growing independence and responsibility.  We know that the college senior year transition is our student’s transition to handle.  Hopefully, they will keep us informed of their progress along the way, but our role is (or at least should be) much less.  However, it helps to know what’s ahead and to be prepared.  Perhaps we can still do at least a little bit of nudging in the right direction.

We’ve collected a list of our posts that should be most helpful to parents of rising seniors.  Take a little time to read some of them and think about how you might help your student make the most of this final year – and prepare for the transition ahead.

Getting ready for the world of work

Probably the thing most on the minds of college seniors, and their parents, is finding a job after graduation.  The process often begins earlier than we think.

Eight Factors That Can Help Your Student Land a Job and Build a Career

What Do Employers Want from Your College Student? A Liberal Education

Whose Responsibility Is It to Find Your College Graduate a Job?

The College Parents’ Role in the Job or Internship Hunt

How Does Your Student Feel About His First Job?

What Your College Student May Be Looking for in a Job

Why Your College Student Should Consider an Internship

Encourage Your College Student to Join a Professional Association

 

Making the most of that final year – and preparing for graduation

Before your senior is going to be ready for that first job, she’ll need to finish her final year.  Help her make sure everything is on track.

Fall Preparations for Your College Senior’s Transition Out of School

Are You Ready for the Pomp and Circumstance?

College Commencement’s Coming!  Is Your Student Ready?

Is Your College Senior Suffering from Senioritis? 13 Reasons Why It May Not Be What You Think.

Your College Student’s Senioritis: Recognizing and Addressing It

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

 

And then they return . . .

You may have been a little sad when you dropped your freshman off on move-in day.  Or perhaps you celebrated your now empty nest.  Either way, there’s a good chance that your college graduate will be back re-populating that nest – at least for a little while.  Are you ready?

Boomerang Kids: When Your College Student or College Graduate Moves Back Home

When Graduation Means a Move Back Home

 

Read more about it . . .

If you’d like even more information about this phase in your student’s college career, or you’d like to recommend a book or two to your student, here are some lists of  helpful books. And of course, there’s always a graduation gift . . .

Reading List: When Your College Student Graduates

Recommended Reading for College Graduates

25 Gift Ideas for Your College Graduate

 

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