The problem with social media is that it only shows one side of someone's experience, and what is exposed is completely in the hands of the social media user. While they might frequently post pictures with "friends" at social gatherings, this friend may actually be struggling socially.
I hope you enjoyed the collection of Move-In Day visuals I've shared with you today. Here's to all students (new and returning), and wishing each of them a 2014‒2015 academic year filled with joy, inspiration, fun, discovery, and learning!
We're not prepared for this new set of long-distance worries. We assumed that our parental fretting would recede in the rearview mirror along with the college campus after drop-off.
As young women begin college with anticipation and enthusiasm, these are a few of the roadblocks that too often sabotage the empowered and joyful experience they so deserve in this new chapter in their lives.
Your isolation may feel permanent; it may become hard to imagine a future in which you've found your place. It may feel like cold comfort to hear that adjusting takes time, but it's the truth. I've been there.
The choice was clear as Mark Twain's quote, "Don't let schooling interfere with your education," popped into my mind. But there was one problem -- how would I tell people I was taking a year off school without seeming absolutely crazy?
Congratulations, you're a college student! For the first time you have free will to spread your wings and lead the life you want... even though you're probably not sure all that entails or exactly what's headed your way.
With November approaching, students all across the world will be applying to colleges. I wanted to share a personal experience that I had this past summer to help with the "but where do I apply?"
Welcome Class of 2018! Relish your time as a college student and take part in the rich college experience your women's college provides. You've been handed the keys to the kingdom, so enjoy and appreciate this wonderful opportunity! Memories created during these years will last forever.
With memories of high school graduations still strong but sadly beginning to fade, as in the cascade of summers before, millions of families are busily preparing for a signal event in their lives.
The worst decisions that we make in life can almost always be traced back to not believing we are good enough and therefore not living in our truth.
So are there any words of wisdom or comfort that I can offer to my fellow members of the class of 2015? I can only share with you the advice that I give to myself and do my best to follow.
Yes, after feeding and sheltering a person for 18 years, you are entitled to a little storybook sentimentality. But today is not the day.
You'll miss me, but you will also see that I can survive on my own and respect me for it. I hope you'll be proud. So let's start missing each other now -- we have so much more learning and growing to do apart, but together.
Here's to ivy-covered buildings, critical thinking, independence, making friends for life, asking hard questions, becoming global citizens, and discovering who you really are.
Gone are the days of assigned summer reading, so the summer before entering college is the perfect time to catch up on some enlightening reading for what little summertime we have left.