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.
This is a vital topic. Don’t let the potential awkwardness of the topic tempt you to skip it.
Whether or not your student will have a credit card in college is a personal decision and your family should consider the pros and cons carefully. Although published by a credit card organization, this article does contain helpful information about extracurriculars and their costs.
Last year was anything but a normal year of college. Whether students were learning remotely or socially distanced and masked on campus, it was a strange year. This year’s sophomores will hopefully experience their first ”semi-normal” year.
These myths can be dangerous. Be sure you understand the realities.
Any parent can tell you that motivating a teenager can be a herculean task. These are great suggestions — although not always easy to do.
If your student is in the admission process and is looking at schools, these are good things to ask about. How committed is each school to helping students succeed? That can matter more than getting into a ”name” school.
This year many colleges have two first-year classes. Some students may be sophomore in terms of credits, but they are experiencing their first year on campus. This article has some good suggestions for those students.
We all want our students (and ourselves) to be resilient. But sometimes understanding exactly what we’re aiming for and how to get there is difficult. This article unpacks both of these questions for parents.
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