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Going to College

Never Throw a Frozen Turkey Out a Car Window, and Other Essential Tips for My College-Bound Daughter

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.05.2013 | Fifty
Linda Flanagan

In the end, so much of what we tell our kids takes on the character of elevator musak or a swarm of mosquitoes: annoying background noise that has to be ignored or squashed to make life tolerable.

Back-to-College: Educate Your Child to Call 911

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.05.2013 | College
Elaine Pawlowski

Studies show that fear of criminal prosecution is the number one reason that people hesitate to call 911 for a drug or alcohol overdose. Would your child be afraid to call 911 in a possible overdose situation?

The Season of Goodbye

Stan Duncan | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Eighteen years are far too few to have in your life someone you love with all of your being and might, but to hold on to them would be worse. Holding close, then letting go; holding close, letting go.

Packing For College: Five Must-Haves

Uloop | Posted 09.22.2013 | College

Packing for college can be a daunting task if it's the first time you're leaving to live on your own. While certain items like mini refrigerators, shower caddies and under-the-bed storage containers are obvious must-haves, there are a few things students often forget or don't even think to pack.

The True College Experience

Abby Carras | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
Abby Carras

I've heard countless peers complain about making a bad grade in a class, but never have I ever heard one person say, "Wow, I really wish I had worked harder in that class so that I could have learned more."

How I Knew I Chose The Perfect College For Me

Anangie Martinez | Posted 07.15.2013 | Teen
Anangie Martinez

Everyone on campus waved to one another and most of the students knew each other. At a big school, it would be difficult to get to know everyone in my graduating class. But Williams felt like a family.

Why I'm Worried About Going To College

Emily Truong | Posted 05.14.2013 | Teen
Emily Truong

I'm worried about fitting in. What if everyone is more intellectual and sophisticated than me? What if I go from being one of the smartest kids in the room to one of the dumbest? I'm probably stressing out too much about this, right?

How To Tell Your Friends You're Moving Away For College

Brent Taylor | Posted 07.13.2013 | Teen
Brent Taylor

Going away to college is one of the most exciting times of life. It is, at least, for me. I'm thrilled about moving away, but not too long ago, right before I began applying to schools in New York, I cared intensely about how my friends might react. I was nervous they wouldn't understand.

College Decision Time: Preparing Low-Income Students for Higher Education

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.23.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

College preparation should start earlier and should address the material barriers -- students need to see the whole college puzzle, not just the pieces for their application.

What The College Application Process Taught Me

Erica DeMichiel | Posted 06.10.2013 | Teen
Erica DeMichiel

I knew that my chances were bleak at the outset, but I found that having a challenging school as my first choice helped motivate me throughout the application process. My dream, no matter how unrealistic, pushed me to work harder to reach my goals.

Reflecting on the Past and Diving Into the Present

Elaine Dai | Posted 05.23.2013 | Teen
Elaine Dai

As I head into my last months of rhythmic,I've been constantly impugned with questions like: "Why are you still doing gymnastics? Don't you have other things you would rather be doing?" Well, if you're asking this, you obviously don't understand me.

Is A College Degree Essential For Success?, From Sheryl Sandberg (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | MarloThomas

Although Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg attended Harvard University, she doesn't think that it really matters where you go to school. Sheryl ...

Students Must Own Their Education

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted 05.08.2013 | College
Dr. David Svaldi

Back in the day, it was acceptable to take time to "find yourself." Going to college was the start of a journey in which students might take courses in many different disciplines and then, at some point, make a choice regarding a career focus. But things have changed.

Why You Should Save for College

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Sharon Greenthal

Encourage your children to go to college. If you can, save a little -- or a lot -- to help them with the financial burden that being a student brings. Make sure they know that you value a college degree from early on.

6 Things I Would Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

Linda Wolff | Posted 03.26.2013 | Fifty
Linda Wolff

At 20 I was like many kids at that age: A youthful mixture of bravado and immaturity. Every thing seemed SO important. EVERY decision was larger than life. Here are six things that I know now, but wish I would have known then.

Ruining Our Children: The Scourge of College Admissions

Dr. Robert Weisbuch | Posted 03.17.2013 | College
Dr. Robert Weisbuch

Sometimes love is far worse than indifference. Parental love powers the frenzy over college admissions, but in the process it distorts every ideal of higher education while it robs adolescents of dignity and even of selfhood.

Saying Yes to College

Linda Katehi | Posted 03.07.2013 | College
Linda Katehi

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg became famous after walking away from college. I needed my college education to discover how to walk toward what was possible in life.

To My Daughter Who Is Starting College (In 16 Years)

Amy Wruble | Posted 02.26.2013 | Parents
Amy Wruble

To help calm my fears, I've drafted a letter full of sound parental wisdom that I plan to give my daughter when it's time for her to leave the nest.

I'm Sorry, Dad

Mousa Alshanteer | Posted 12.19.2012 | College
Mousa Alshanteer

As I waited for my father to pick up, I immediately remembered why I had decided to call in the first place. If there's anything I had wanted to say to my father that night, it would probably best be summarized in three simple words: "I'm sorry, Dad."

A Broken College Pipeline in Dire Need of Repairs

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 11.25.2012 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Persuading students to consider going to college takes a village. Teachers, counselors, administrators, community members, non-profits, and colleges must participate and collaborate.

Moving Day

Michelle Chiklis | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Michelle Chiklis

Eighteen years ago, I became a mother. This week, we moved our oldest daughter Autumn into her new dorm room at college and although our nest is not yet empty, I'm struggling to view it as "half full."

From a Professor's Perspective: Advice for College Students

Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | College
Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D.

Here is my advice for today's students. Following these basic suggestions will help you get better grades, have more opportunities, get your degree more quickly, and get the most out of your college years.

'Will He Survive On His Own?'

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 10.21.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I was aware that there were vacuous black holes in my son's mental database, holes that I should have filled before he left. But he was done listening. For now.

The First Year in College

Daniel Little | Posted 10.20.2012 | College
Daniel Little

The transition from high school to college is a big step in many different ways. Being a first year student is about maturing as a problem-solver, as a critical thinker, and as a person.

An Unorthodox Tip for the College Bound and Their Parents

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 10.18.2012 | Fifty
Carolyn Bucior

The 18-year-old who suddenly finds himself between sets of friends, the 30-year-old stay-at-home parent who has lost work relationships, the 65-year-old who has not replaced lost connections due to illness, death, retirement and geographical moves, and the empty nesters, like me, can all experience the pain of loneliness.