College Parent News and Views – October 2021

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.

Junior Year: Navigating Big Changes

The junior year of high school is a pivotal year for those students heading to college. It’s helpful to know what to expect and what you need to do during this important year.

The College Search: Part 1 – Finding the Right Fit

This is a comprehensive guide produced by author Jeff Selingo (Who Gets In and Why) that will help students and their families think about what makes the right fit in a college – a crucial element of success.

What to Know About Stranded Credits

Colleges can hold your transcript until you pay all fees, library fines, parking tickets, etc. Be careful – and be in the know.

Evaluate the Mental Health Support of a College

This is such an important topic. Don’t shy away from this on a college tour.

It’s Time to Talk About Money with Your Tweens and Teens. Here’s How.

For some reason, it’s a topic we’re often not comfortable with. But starting early means that it will be easier when we need to talk about the big topics (like tuition and loans) later.

We Must Do More

This is a poignant article about teen suicide. It’s not a comfortable topic, but one we need to think about – especially when it happens on campus.

Supporting Teen Mental Health: Back to School During a Pandemic

We are continuing to learn how the pandemic has affected our teenagers’ mental health. There is important information and advice here.

U.S. Students Who Should Weigh a Degree Abroad

A good option for just the right student. Be sure to explore programs carefully.

Mental Health Warning Signs to Look Out For This Semester

It’s been a tough time for so many. Stay “in touch” with your student.

Find these articles from around the web interesting and useful?  Sign up for our mailing list (below) and receive a new list in your inbox each month.  The more you know, the more you can help your student.


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