#043 – Using Summer to Help Your Student Prepare for College – Part 1

So many decisions! The summer before college is filled with a flood of information, decisions to be made, and a roller coaster of emotions. In this episode, Lynn and Vicki share advice about what to expect during this crossroads summer. They suggest ways you can help your student organize their tasks and make important decisions about the fall.

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When it comes to the summer before college and helping your student get ready, there’s so much to say that we’ve divided the topic into three episodes!  There’s a lot to digest, and you may even want to listen twice. Be sure to take some notes, too.

The work of getting ready for college belongs to your student, but they may need some guidance and help from you. The more you and your student know about what to expect, and the earlier you get started, the more smoothly the summer will go.  But be prepared – it’s a roller coaster of a summer and comes with a certain amount of stress and mixed emotions.

In this first episode of the Summer Prep series, we talk about some of the feelings your student may be experiencing and some of the questions they may have. We talk about the important information that your student will be receiving from the school over the summer – with a reminder that most of the information will come to your student, not to you.

We also talk about some of the important decisions you and your student need to make – and we encourage you to get started early in the summer so you don’t have to cram everything into those last few weeks or days.

Summer Prep Part 2 will be our next episode (#44) and we’ll talk about some of the important topics to cover and conversations you and your student should have as the summer moves along. Sharing your expectations – and listening carefully to what your student has to say – will put you both on the same page as college begins.

Finally, Summer Prep Part 3 (#45) covers the transition to those first days and weeks of college. We’ll start with preparing for and living through Move-in Day and then discuss the importance of the first six weeks of the semester, potential homesickness, and how to be ready for some of the phone calls or texts you may get.

Be sure to listen to all three episodes to get the full picture of the summer (and fall) transitions.

We covered a lot of topics in this episode. If you’d like to follow up on some of the topics, here are some earlier podcast episodes and articles that will help.

#005 – Communicating with Your College Student

#009 – The Importance of Anticipating the Key Differences Between High School and College

#010 – Tips for Using Senior Year to Prepare for College

#019 – Students with Learning Differences: What Are the Key Changes Between High School and College?

Summer Homework for College Parents

Your College Freshman: The Summer Flood of Information

Summer Before College a Summer of Decisions: Academic Decisions

Summer Before College a Summer of Decisions: Financial Decisions

Summer Before College a Summer of Decisions: Student Life Decisions

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