When you do something once, it is interesting. When you do something twice, it suddenly becomes a tradition. We’re now in the third year of sharing a look back at College Parent Central’s year. Clearly a tradition. Reflection is always a good exercise.
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 really 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 2016, we’d like to take a moment to look back at some of our articles for 2015. 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.
This year we’ve decided to give some of our articles awards. (If we don’t, who else will?) See whether you agree with our choices.
We invite you to take a few minutes to review these articles, and to think about how you view your role as college parent. How have you grown into the role over the past year? Where might you and your college student go next year?
Most helpful preparation article:
Most reassuring article:
Most surprising article:
Most empathetic article:
Best article for transition:
Most unexpected topic:
Best admission advice:
Strangest twist of a topic:
Most difficult advice to follow:
Most inspiring story:
Most practical advice:
If these articles sound helpful, we invite you to take time to look through our archives. We’ve covered topic after topic that may be helpful to you as you parent your college student. Our most popular articles of all time continue to be some of those written several years ago. Here are our top five. They don’t go out of date!