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.
How to Help Your College Student Cope With Loneliness, Without Hovering
Students will often feel loneliness in college. The problem is that they think they are the only one experiencing it.
3 Ways Parents, Students Can Prepare for College Interviews Together
Your student may need some guidance preparing for college interviews. This article has some good advice about preparing to answer — and to ask — questions that matter. Parents might enjoy what they learn as they help students with practice interviews.
Insider Advice for New College Parents
Parents who’ve been there offer their best advice to parents just beginning the journey. There’s a lot of wisdom collected here.
Beyond the College Drinking Game
This article contains important advice about how parents and students can talk about alcohol. We may like to think this won’t be an issues for our kids, but have the conversation anyway.
How to Talk With Your Millennial Kids About Work
As your student graduates and moves into the world of work, here are some suggestions about conversations — and role modeling.
Rather than an individual article, this is an entire website. Created by the Maryland Collaborative, this site provides topics and scripts for parents to talk with their college students about drinking and related problems. Be sure to check this one out.
This isn’t a new topic, but it is one more reminder that things may be a little rocky when your college student returns home for the long winter break. Give some thought and planning to how you will handle communication and living arrangements.
Five Ways to Share College Costs with Your Kids
This article gives several options to parents. Bottom line is that expecting students to help with the costs of college is not only important, it may be a necessity. But there are differing ways of going about that ”share” plan.