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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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The College Transition “Bible”

The College Transition “Bible”

“Planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower. How to get ready for the Big Move? Your teen is about to, or has just graduated from, high school, but he or she is not ready to think about becoming a college freshman yet. Parties, summer jobs, beach trips with

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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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College Dorm Checklist: A Sneak Peek!

College Dorm Checklist: A Sneak Peek!

“There is no standing still because time is moving forward.” –Greg Lake. COLLEGE MOVE-IN is on the horizon. Where to start? As a college admissions consultant, I not only like to see my young clients get into their first choice college, but also be prepared to move into

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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 Orientation Rites

College Orientation Rites

Most college freshmen will experience an avalanche of on-campus initiatory rites this summer, timing varying by institution. Some attend orientation programs in June or July, with course advising, registration, welcome events, and even overnights. For others, orientation begins mid-August, right before college actually starts. For many new freshmen, this is

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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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Empty Nester? Get a Gig–with a New Attitude

An update of last year’s popular post. We Baby Boomers, the intensity generation, have hurled our hearts and souls into every life chapter. As the first generation to choose when to become parents, we became passionate parents, elevating parenting to the apex of Maslow’s Hierarchy, playing Mozart

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Helicopter Parents: College and Beyond

The Emory University tour for prospective families traversed the beautiful Atlanta campus on a fragrant spring day a few years ago, ultimately persuading my son that this was the ideal place for his college experience. When the admissions tour guide led us around Emory‘s state-of-the-art medical complex,

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Off to College: The Hero’s Journey

My sister and her daughter just returned from the beauty salon. They did the school spirit pedicure, with Bucknell‘s blue and orange colors on alternating toenails, and the signature B on the big toes. Their outing reflected not only my niece’s enthusiasm for her new freshman adventure,

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