College Parent News & Views – April 2022

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.

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It’s Graduation Gift Season!

If you have a high school or college graduate this year, it’s time to think about a gift. Sometimes, the occasion seems so momentous (It is!) that we are paralyzed trying to come up with just the right gift.

The truth is that your student will probably be pleased with anything you choose to give them to mark this special occasion. And you know your student better than anyone else, so you’re the best person to make the decision.

But in case your creativity needs a jump-start, we’ve put together several lists of suggestions to get you started.  Check out the lists below and then let your own imagination take off.

And maybe you’ll want to gift something to yourself as well. After all, this is a big event in your life as well.


Check our these collections!

Gift Ideas for Your College Graduate

Gift Ideas for Your High School Graduate

Beyond Bedding and Mini-Fridges: 12 Dorm Furnishings You May Not Have Thought Of

10 Non-Essentials (But Fun!) for Your Student’s Dorm Room

7 Gift Books for Your College (or soon to be college) Student

And don’t forget to check out our holiday gift suggestions as well. Many of them would also make great graduation gifts.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Student – 2021

Over 100 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your College Student

#063 – Get Real and Get In: An Interview with Dr. Aviva Legatt

The college admission process can be overwhelming, anxiety-producing, and thrilling all at the same time. We had a conversation with Dr. Aviva Legatt founder of Ivy Insight College Counseling and author of the book Get Real and Get In: How to Get Into the College of Your Dreams by Being Your Authentic Self. Dr. Legatt shared advice for how students can avoid working to impress admissions officers and focus who they truly are in order to find the college that is right for them. This conversation will help parents think about how to be a facilitator in their student’s college search.

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#062 – Understanding College Senioritis and How Parents Can Help

Although the transition into college in a common topic, we don’t talk enough about college seniors and their transition out of school. In this episode Lynn and Vicki explore the reasons so many college seniors feel paralyzed, disconnected, and anxious. Understanding the factors that influence a student’s ability to cope with the changes they are experiencing can help parents support their student through this time. Parents can help their student recognize this transition as a normal part of a whole developmental journey and encourage them as they take their next steps.

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College Parent Central Celebrates Another Birthday!

April 1. April Fool. The ideal day to start a new, crazy adventure.

Thirteen years ago, on April 1, 2009, College Parent Central was born.  It felt right. Launch something that seems as though it might be a good idea and see what happens. Who knows?

Now, on April 1, 2022, we’re proud to say that we still think it’s a good idea and we’re still here. Still growing. Still finding new and interesting ways to reach out to parents. Still providing information and support.

We’re celebrating our birthday!

When we began College Parent Central thirteen years ago, there wasn’t much of anything available to help college parents understand their role and how to support their student. There were a few books out there and a very few articles online. In the years since, we’ve been joined in this space by many websites, organizations and a host of books for parents and students. College parents matter and knowing how best to help your student can make a difference.

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