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College Transfers: Why or Why Not?

College Transfers: Why or Why Not?

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.” – Winston Churchill. Your college freshman is home for Thanksgiving or winter break. He or she seems happy to be home, but not so eager to return to school for spring semester. Sometime between handing […]

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College Freshmen Home for Thanksgiving

College Freshmen Home for Thanksgiving

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”– Oscar Wilde. It’s yet another rite of passage for college freshmen. For some, it is the first time they will be home since they left for college in August. For others, it is the first time […]

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The Move to College as “Group Therapy”

The Move to College as “Group Therapy”

“It always is harder to be left behind than to be the one to go…” -Brock Thoene. Years ago, I sat in a graduate psychology class on family systems therapy. The first day, our professor asked us to reflect on our families of origin, and introduce ourselves […]

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Freshman Year of College: Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire

Freshman Year of College: Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire

Your teenager has graduated from high school, having been accepted to a dream college whose bumper sticker you are proud to wear on the rear window of your car, and… knock on wood, it looks like you will be able to afford it. You breathe a huge […]

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Off to College: How to Choose Your Freshman Dorm–and Roommate

Off to College: How to Choose Your Freshman Dorm–and Roommate

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anaïs Nin. Soon after families of high school seniors send in the enrollment deposit for the chosen college, a […]

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How College Students Can Build their Careers over Winter Break

How College Students Can Build their Careers over Winter Break

“Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.”   –Thomas Carlyle. Your college student has finished fall finals and is coming home for the holiday season. Most likely, your student is exhausted from the last few weeks of stress, all-nighters, and a junk food diet. Lowered immune […]

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How Parents Can Launch Their Young Adult Children by Being, Not Doing

How Parents Can Launch Their Young Adult Children by Being, Not Doing

“Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening.” -Indries Shah. As a college consultant, I am frequently struck by the fact that many parents who clearly love and want the best for their teenage or young adult children ironically seem to create rebellious, […]

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Adjusting to College Life: “Friendsickness”

Adjusting to College Life: “Friendsickness”

“Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.” – William Shakespeare. Your college freshman will make many new adjustments, from doing laundry to managing a heavy academic load independently. In this post, I would like to focus on one absolutely essential adjustment: establishing new social connections.

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College Family Weekends: Forever Jung

College Family Weekends: Forever Jung

“Growing up is a process, not an event.” -Paul B. Jamison. It was one of those crisp, breezy October Saturdays in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, with the leaves just beginning to sport a bit of gold and copper under a cloudless cobalt sky. It was Family […]

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High School Seniors: Looking Toward College

Your high school senior has been accepted to college. Although you may be dealing with the annoying symptoms of senioritis, you are beginning to sigh with relief because you see the light at the end of the tunnel. The draining, nerve-wracking college application process is over, and […]

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