It's been almost three weeks since I left my youngest child at college. Given how many times I've done this since I took my eldest, seven years ago, you might think it would be old hat. You'd think I was done crying over kids who leave home -- that this transition would be easy? You'd be wrong.
Those strangers on a train got me looking back my days as a dad by focusing on facts instead of feelings. Hence, I've developed this list for my son. It compiles all the important numbers (some estimated) that spring to mind as I contemplate life with a son who is now on his own.
Colleges want to accept students they believe will become actively engaged on their campuses. Once students have the required grade point average and test scores, admission officers look for those items that will set a student apart and enrich their incoming classes.
As we begin another semester, notice the adult students who are working toward their dreams. These people are heroes - the few, the goal oriented, the self-advocating, the always-present, the well-supported, the positive thinking, the surviving, the grateful: the ultimate graduates.
A common theme here is a principle you know well -- do your homework. With so much information available online, investing even a few minutes could save money.
I know there are many mothers out there that can't believe that beautiful little child they birthed 18 years ago has left the nest for their freshman year at college. And took their heart along with their computer, iPhone, and dorm trappings. I was in that club too.
25. Choking and sputtering at that first drive-thru order of just four burgers instead of "six burgers, please, two with double patties and extra bacon."
I dropped my oldest son off at college last weekend. All week, I had been busy planning for a semester start of my own, putting the final touches on my English Composition fall syllabus for first-year students, a class I love to teach because it opens students' eyes to the possibilities of writing, to the power of communication.
Do you think you're too old, too far along in your career, too uncool for school? Not my friend Lois. After many years of being a stay-at-home mom and then a teacher, she decided to pursue a Ph.D. at the age of 55.
You're not alone in feeling like you're walking through a treacherous jungle this time of year. When it comes to the college-application essays, many parents believe they're stepping forward onto firm ground, only to discover that they've landed themselves -- and their son or daughter -- in quicksand.
This is not a list of what to bring to college, like toothbrushes and flashlights. This is a list of what to keep in your heart, and what to throw out. It's about family and parenting and saying good-bye without really saying good-bye.
It's that time of year again. The time where we head to Target to stock up on school supplies and send the kiddos on their way. Since back to school season can get pretty hectic I've come up with a few ways to help make this year a little more special for everyone... even moms!
These rules to friend-making from me, a verified friend professional (aka a random human who survived college with minor damage), will help you find your true BFFs and begin the ~best years of your life~.
For all those college-bound later this month, congratulations! You're going to a place you chose and one that chose you. In today's era of social media, perhaps the same can be said of your college roommate.
The Common Application launched online for the coming admissions season on August 1st. The Common Application essay prompts are now available so writing can begin.
How do we make a transition to a new identity when we've held the current one so deeply that it is part of the fabric of our being? We have no choice but to move forward with the parts we can keep.