#111 – What’s Next? No Longer “Almost” a College Student: the Job Starts Now!

Once your student makes their final college decision and puts down that important deposit, they enter a new leg of the college journey. Sure, you know there will be lots of preparation work ahead – summer decisions, shopping, good-byes, packing – but your student may be thinking they’ll really become a college student at Move-in Day in the fall. Your student may still be a high school student, but the college knows there’s work to be done now. In this episode, Sarah and Vicki talk about your student’s strange mental place with one foot in each world and why it’s important for your student to begin to connect with the college soon after depositing. The work of being a college student starts now, in early summer, and Sarah and Vicki explain why and share what students, and their parents, should expect and why it matters.

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Our topic for this episode came from a parent question about what to do once your student has been accepted to college, made their decision and made their deposit.  It can feel as though everything you’ve been so busy doing as part of the admission process comes to a halt.  What’s next?

It’s a tough time because students are still in high school but the college needs your student to start doing some important tasks to get ready for their fall semester. Students need to start checking their official college e-mail for important time-sensitive information. (Parents, don’t ask your student to share their passwords so you can check up on what information their receive!)

Because Sarah not only works with incoming students during the summer but also has one son in college and another heading to college in the fall, she has first-hand experience with what can be important during this summer before college.

We also mentioned three earlier episodes that are all about getting ready during this transition summer.

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

#044 – Summer Conversations to Help Your Student Prepare for College — Part 2

#045 – Transitioning from Summer to College: The Importance of the First Six Weeks – Part 3

Some of the other topics we touch on include the importance of placement tests, what happens with AP tests and results, advising and/or housing surveys, reaching out to the college with questions over the summer, and the importance of orientation for both students and parents.

We also shared some information about important health and safety forms that parents and students should consider such as HIPPA release and Medical Power of Attorney or Health Care Proxy. One good place to find more information about this is mamabearlegalforms.com.

Don’t forget that you can listen to all of our previous podcast episodes here or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also go to followthepodcast.com/collegeparentcentral to add our podcast (it’s free!) so that you’ll receive each new episode as we release it.

Let us know what you’d like to hear about on future podcasts! Leave a comment below or email us at podcast@collegeparentcentral.com.

Related articles:

The Summer Before College: How Eight Questions Can Help Your Student Reflect — and Help You Know Your Student Better

Summer Homework for College Parents

Summer Before College a Summer of Decisions: Academic Decisions

Summer Before College a Summer of Decisions: Student Life Decisions

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