The college admission process begins earlier and earlier and sometimes seems to go on forever. When those highly anticipated acceptance letters begin to arrive, the process enters a new phase. The ball is now in your student’s court to make a decision. What is your role as a parent at this stage? In this episode Vicki and Lynn unpack some of the emotions and practical steps you and your student can take as your student looks for the school with the best “fit,” perhaps moves to their second choice of school, or copes with being on a Waitlist. As your student makes this final decision, everyone’s roles begin to shift.
It seems as though the entire world has turned upside down. As the coronavirus rages worldwide, most colleges are sending students home to complete their coursework online. College-at-home comes with significant challenges for both students and their parents. This special episode contains essential suggestions for helping students learn to adjust to their new online learning environment.
In our first guest interview, Lynn and Vicki chat with Dr. Silas Pearman, First Year Coordinator at Curry College. Si discusses various types of first year programming and how students can benefit from classes that help them transition. Topics include questions parents and students should ask during the admission process to find the best fitting first year program, specific challenges first year students typically face, and strategies to help parents prepare their students for the transition. Si shares advice to parents on how to support their college student throughout their first year. Parents are urged to do their homework to evaluate options and find schools with intentional programming for first year students.
What if you think your student may not be ready for college? What if your student feels they just need a break? In this podcast, Lynn and Vicki look at college admission deferral, high school postgrad programs and other gap year options. If you are thinking of a gap year you’ll need to consider the advantages and disadvantages, how to investigate options, and what to expect. This is an excellent opportunity for conversations about readiness, motivation, and specific goals for a possible year out.
Senior year of high school can feel overwhelming. But this can be an excellent time to help your student work on the skills that can lead to success in college – and in life. In this podcast, Vicki and Lynn talk about your student’s path toward independence. Topics include the college application process, time management, and specific life skills that students need to make the transition to college. From getting themselves up in the morning, maintaining their own calendar, to doing laundry and managing their finances, this podcast explores how you can use senior year as a training lab for life at college.
Understanding the key differences between high school and college directly impacts how we “parent” our students as we help them prepare to make the big transition. No one gives us a roadmap of exactly how to do this. It is helpful for parents to understand how their role changes when their student heads to college as well as the important skills that students need to succeed. In this podcast Vicki and Lynn examine changing roles for everyone, explain FERPA rules and regulations, and look at specific differences in time management and expectations in college.
Many college students don’t utilize of all of the support available to help them succeed. The reasons for this can be as varied as the students themselves. Does your student feel comfortable asking for help when they need it? Does your student know how to find what they need and how to take advantage of every resource? In this episode Lynn and Vicki look at six essential resources on most college campuses, how they can help students, and how students can make the most of what these services have to offer.
When we think about our communication with our students, we often think about how to get them to talk – but we less often think about our end of the exchange. In this episode Vicki and Lynn talk about three different aspects of communicating with our students – how we listen, how we encourage them to share, and how we respond when they do. Good communication is not going to fix every problem, but it is a great way to help both you and your student feel connected and on the same team.
This is it! A new podcast is born!
We’ve thought about it, we’ve planned it, we’ve been busily recording it, we’ve hinted at it and announced that it was coming, and now it’s here! The new College Parent Central Podcast.
Does the world really need another podcast?
The world may not need another podcast. (There are currently 550,000 podcasts listed on iTunes.) But we think you might. The College Parent Central Podcast isn’t for the whole world, it’s for parents (and grandparents and aunts and uncles and siblings and guardians and friends) who have a student who is heading to college, in college or just finishing college. If that describes you, then you need this podcast.
If you’re a college parent or almost a college parent, chances are you have some questions about what you need to do, what your student needs to do, how you can help, and what to expect. Chances are that you have some concerns or worries about how your student will succeed in college. Chances are that you need more information about what to expect and what your student’s life at college will be like.
Chances are that you wish you had someone who’s been through this and who understands the ins and outs of college life who will answer your questions. Someone who could give you advice, or at least share some information.
We can do that!
That’s where the College Parent Central Podcast can help. Hosts Vicki Nelson and Lynn Abrahams are parents whose children have gone to college, and they are also higher education professionals. Lynn is a Learning Disabilities Specialist and professor with two sons, and Vicki is a professor of Communication and former Director of Academic Advising with three daughters. They’ve lived the parent role and work with college students every day.
On the podcast, Vicki and Lynn discuss all things college parent. Topics range from what to expect when your student comes home for break, helping your student through midterms and finals, differences between high school and college, how to prepare your student for success in college, what to do if your student is on probation or dismissed, parent anxiety and parenting from a distance, college transfer, communicating with your college student – and so much more.
Think of the College Parent Central Podcast as a conversation
Wouldn’t it be nice to just be able to spend some time with someone who’s been there?
Join Vicki and Lynn on the podcast twice each month to feel as though you’re sitting down with a friend who’s been there, lived through it and is ready to share some stories and advice. You may gain a new perspective on your student’s experiences, understand better what your college parent role can and should be, and gather some tips and suggestions to help you work with your student.
Becoming a college parent is something to celebrate! We hope that we can share together not only information, but the concerns – and joys – of having a child in college. You’re not alone!
How can I be part of this?
You can find the College Parent Central Podcast on your favorite podcast directory. Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or whatever directory you use. Subscribe to the podcast so each episode will be automatically downloaded when it is released.
You can also access each episode right here through the College Parent Central website. Each time we release an episode, we’ll share an article with the link to listen and some related information you might find helpful.
We’d also love to hear about the topics you’d like us to cover. Send us an email at Podcast@collegeparentcentral.com to share your questions, suggestions and feedback. This podcast is for you, so let us know what you’re thinking.
We’re excited. Let’s get started!
The final exam period is an intense, stressful time for many students. But, thankfully, it is relatively short. When you provide just a bit of understanding, encouragement, and support from home, you can do a lot to help your student succeed. In this episode, Lynn and Vicki discuss how you can help your student deal with anxiety, prepare for the end of the semester and cope with the results.