First Year

Frustrated by Profs … Should Son Stick it Out Anyway?

Question: My son started his freshman year in August. Now it is the middle of October and he is having a hard time. He says that his one lab professor has such a strong accent that no one understands him, so he is spending a huge amount of time teaching himself. His other professor seems ...

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Help … My Daughter Hates her College!

Question: My daughter is one week into a college that is five hours from home, and she’s not happy. Are we better off pulling her out now and getting our 80% back and letting her just apply to a local college in January or finish out the semester there and then make a decision for ...

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Back-to-School Survival Items

Here’s a quick afterthought to complement my two previous posts about packing for college. Whether you’re a first year freshman or a veteran senior, this back-to-school survival guide features the top 10 items you might have missed (or the stuff you purposely avoided) when shopping with mom. 1. Multivitamins – You will wish someone had ...

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A Crash Course in College Moving

We’ve talked about moving to college before here. However, one can never get too many tips to make things easier, as I discovered when we moved our two kids to college back in the ’90s. Now that it’s the middle of August, the countdown has begun to move on to college dorms and remove your ...

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Moving-to-College Tips

I was looking through some old photographs the other day and came upon one that made me laugh out loud. We were moving our daughter to college for her first year and after we had finished loading up the old ’85 Honda Accord, I took a picture of the car. It was ridiculous. Not only ...

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Going to A Top Party School?

Toh-GA! Toh-GA! Toh-GA! Another year. Another Top-10 party school list. Time to dust off that Animal House DVD for another viewing. In my view 99% of colleges are party schools. I can’t quote a source on that opinionated statistic, but I’m probably in the ballpark. Take a quick look at the storied histories of American ...

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Public Service Announcements vs. Drinking

I think we’re all pretty much aware that binge drinking in college (and even high school) is a major concern for parents and school administrators. Unfortunately, it seems as though almost every school year, we read of a senseless death or two related to drinking. Scenes of Animal House Delta fraternity’s pledge activities and general ...

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Campus Support Services for Student With Terminally Ill Parent

Question: Hello, and thank you for this wonderful resource! I would like to know if you could speak about ways to assess (i.e., questions to ask) a college’s behavioral health resources for students. My husband is terminally ill. We know he may get worse while our daughter is in college. I want to ask questions ...

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Will Your College Be Safe?

We can all recall those terrifying images of Virginia Tech, where so many students and faculty were senselessly murdered in cold blood. There have been other similar campus slayings over the years. But, thankfully, those high-profile situations are the exception. The real issues concerning college campus safety involve individual encounters, such as assaults, robberies, random ...

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Letter of Support for Child Facing College Dismissal?

Question: Can I write a supporting letter for a child who is appealing college dismissal? It’s not clear to me if you’re talking about a letter supporting your own child or someone else’s (e.g., your employee, a neighbor, former student, etc.). But, in either case, the answer is yes. If it’s your own son or ...

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