College Parent News and Views

The more that college parents know and understand about the college experience, the less we worry and the better we will be able to help our students to succeed and thrive throughout their college career.  However, there is an overwhelming amount of information out there on the web.   We’d like to help you find some of the information that might be most interesting and useful to you as a college parent.

In News and Views we share recent college related news and sources we’ve found as we do our research.  We hope that this feature will help to introduce you to new ideas and to help you keep up with some of the current issues that may affect your college student — and you.

We invite you to read some of the articles suggested below — and to let us know what you think of some of the ideas included here.

Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health

This is a guidebook published by the National Association on Mental Illness intended for both students and parents. We all hope we won’t need it, but it’s good to be prepared. Stress, anxiety, and mental illness are growing problems for today’s college students.

Tips for Students — and Their Parents — Navigating the Start of College

Listen to this, but then be sure to scroll down to the 15 tips for parents.  Great advice for what is sometimes a stressful time for everyone.

6 Ways Parents Can Help Students with the Application Process

There’s a fine line between supporting your student through the process and taking over the process.  This article offers some good suggestions for becoming that supporting presence.

Three Reasons to Skip Applying to College Early

This article is worth reading if your student is considering early application. It’s a great option — sometimes.

Should You Go to College In England?

This option certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s worth knowing what your student might be saying yes — or no — to.

If You Want Your Kid to Go to College, Start Assembling the Village Now

It’s become almost clichÁ© to talk about taking a village to raise a child, but most of us know it’s true. This is a good reminder of the ”village” that it takes to get that child to college.  And yes, parents are part of that village, too.




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