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College Freshmen

What My Daughter Had for Lunch

Maureen Anderson | Posted 06.20.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

Is she getting along with her roommate? Are her classes challenging, but not too? Is she looking forward to our visit as much as we are?

7 Things to Do the Summer Before You Start College

Marvin Krislov | Posted 05.30.2014 | College
Marvin Krislov

It's tempting to spend most of your time hanging out with friends and family. But if you use the next three months wisely, they can make a big difference in getting your undergraduate career off to a strong start.

A Big Sister's Sloppy Guide for Freshman Year of College

Marina Shifrin | Posted 05.29.2014 | College
Marina Shifrin

As an adult who cries regularly and has yet to figure out how to mail a letter, I feel it is my duty to warn all 18-year-olds to take my advice at their own risk.

10 Things to Do in College (Probably) More Important Than Going to Class

Sarah Juliet Lauro | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Sarah Juliet Lauro

For incoming freshmen, here's some advice. Sometimes ditching is important, in the same way that learning to manage your time wisely is important, and although painful, failing is important, too.

No Slumping, College Bound Seniors!

Beverly Low | Posted 07.12.2014 | College
Beverly Low

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines senioritis as "an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades." Sound familiar? Here are a few ideas for staying on track and completing high school in good standing.

Ten Ways to Soften Spring Break

Beverly Low | Posted 05.14.2014 | College
Beverly Low

Write a thank you note -- not a text or email message. Even if you're lounging poolside in Cancun, buy a postcard and show your gratitude to at least one person.

First Semester College Reflections

Diane Propsner | Posted 03.27.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Last fall I asked several high school girls why they decided to attend a women's college and shared their reasons in a blog post. For this blog post, I thought it would be fun to re-visit with those students to see how their first semester at college went.

Relationships in 2014: Ours Is A Society That Could Use a Hug

Robert Hall | Posted 03.24.2014 | Weddings
Robert Hall

Distrusted, disengaged, lonely -- it is what you would expect from a society increasingly going it alone.

Navigating Winter Break With Your College Freshman

Beverly Low | Posted 02.17.2014 | College
Beverly Low

Over the winter break, your student may accidentally refer to their college or university as "home." If this causes dizziness and a pit in your stomach, you're not alone.

Thanksgiving Thoughts for Parents of Pre-College and College Kids

Jodi Okun | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jodi Okun

Despite all of the hustle and bustle, parents need to find a few moments to sit down and have a conversation with their near-adult children to make sure everything is going well. Here are a few topics you might want to cover.

NSA Official Urges Freshmen to Call Home

Arthur Iula | Posted 12.29.2013 | College
Arthur Iula

NSA analysts claim that based on their study of Facebook and Twitter records, freshman students have constructed a variety of elaborate excuses, such as attending parties, joining clubs, or "studying," to avoid calling their families.

Homesick? Take a Deep Breath

Beverly Low | Posted 12.16.2013 | College
Beverly Low

For a first-year student adjusting to life away from home, the smallest inconvenience can feel like a dramatic, earth-shattering event. First-years live in a world of extremes. Many arrive on campus expecting the college experience to be perfect immediately.

This Little Mind Trick Can Ease Homesickness

Posted 11.04.2013 | Healthy Living

By Bianca Lorenz This fall, a record 21.8 million students are estimated to be attending American colleges and universities. Many are leaving hom...

Tools for Living

Susan Winston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Susan Winston

When we talk about what concerns them most about leaving home, I am surprised about how little they know about living in the real world. Not one of them can cook... anything. I see four years of kids downing cereal and calling it a meal.

Tackling FOMO at a New Level

Sofia Stafford | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Sofia Stafford

I have come to the conclusion that while FOMO still is very much about the struggle to find that balance, it also addresses our desire to seek belonging and direction.

5 Mental Health Tips for Back to School

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Ross Szabo

Students feel a lot of pressure to never mess up or fail, but those experiences are a part of life and can help people become much stronger. As students go through a process of learning about themselves, mistakes are bound to happen.

Open Letter to Freshmen: Choose Well, Not All College Majors Are Created Equal

Siya Raj Purohit | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Siya Raj Purohit

The work engineers and programmers do requires a great amount of skill, perhaps the reason those perks are so justified. But the good news is that those skills are definitely not impossible to acquire.

Why Your Sophomore Year Will Be So Much Better

Uloop | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Uloop

Article after article is published with a variety of tips for surviving freshman year. There's talk among the upcoming class about how "totally awesome" Summer C was and how "totally smashed" everyone got. However, little is said about those beginning their second year of college.

Whatever Happens Next

Judy Clement Wall | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Judy Clement Wall

I'm on a road trip with my son, Adam. We're driving 1,265 miles over four days, from California, where he's lived his whole life, to New Mexico, where he'll live for the next four years while he attends 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.

15 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Your Freshman Year

Uloop | Posted 11.05.2013 | College
Uloop

Ah, it's that time of year when lanyard-wearing, bright-faced Freshmen enter the world of college. Don't worry though, you'll get settled in in no time. Here's some tips from a fellow student, who's now entering her Junior year, on what she wished she knew freshman year.

16 Awesome Pieces Of Advice For College Freshmen

The Huffington Post | Debra Lipson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Celebrity

Summer is winding down and you know what that means -- it's back to school time. Hundreds of anxious students will leave their nests and begin the...

Lessons in Trying to Sail the Ship of Life

Write for the Future | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Write for the Future

By Jamie Woodard I knew I could own the Mediterranean with my Pacific Seacraft 37. I jumped aboard ready to sail the endless plain of blue sea and ...

36 Tips for the College Freshman

Edward Lando | Posted 08.27.2013 | College
Edward Lando

As a freshman, the sense of being lost in a big new world was exciting, but at the same time I treasured every bit of advice I could get.

How Not To Be THAT Freshman

| Posted 08.22.2013 | Teen

By Katie Szymanski College is an exciting journey -- a time of self-discovery, relationship building, and decision-making. Pre-collegiettes, we hop...