You worry about a lot of things when you send your student off to college for the first semester — and then you think you’re done. You and your student may be taken by surprise when the start of the second semester of college seems so difficult. In this episode Vicki and Lynn explore why some students may experience the ”second semester blues” and why some parents feel they need to increase their involvement. This episode focuses on strategies you can use to calm your fears and help your student make the most of this fresh start. There are some wonderful aspects to the second semester of college and knowing what to expect can help you send your student off more thoughtfully.
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In this episode, we discussed some of the unique qualities of the second semester of college. Some students, and their parents, may be surprised at some of the emotions and stumbling blocks that this semester can bring. But it is also a wonderful new start for many students.
One topic we discussed was that this is a time when many students think about transferring, although most of those who consider it do not and up making a change. But just weighing the options can be helpful. We mentioned a great book for students and parents by Harlan Cohen, The Naked Roommate. Consider sharing the book with your student (and then borrowing it to read yourself.)
Here are a few articles on topics we mentioned in the podcast.
Talking to Your College Student About Grades
When Your College Student Changes Majors
Friends Along the Way: Your College Student’s Search for Friends
Why Some Parents’ Involvement Increases During the Second Semester
Sending Your Student the Best College Care Package Ever
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