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College Freshmen

When Is Mother-Daughter Texting Too Much?

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Now my daughter is in college, just starting her freshman year. She doesn't call home every day, only every other day. But we text a lot... well, roughly constantly. But never during class and I didn't hear from her when she went to the movies the other night.

The Dos And Don'ts Of Freshman Year

| Posted 09.10.2014 | Teen

By now you’re probably overwhelmed by all the advice from people who know you’re headed off to your first year of college: Make lots of friends, s...

When Our College Freshman's Launching Starts to Wobble

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 09.04.2014 | Parents
Ann Rasmussen

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.

To The Lonely Freshman: Your Isolation Is Not Permanent

Matt Camarda | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Matt Camarda

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.

Spiritual Struggles of College Freshmen May Increase Risk of Addiction

David Briggs | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The more incoming students contended with issues such as doubting their faith or feeling punished by God, the greater risk they appeared to be for a variety of addictive behaviors, from gambling to recreational drugs, a new study indicated.

The Overachiever's Guide to Freshman Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

For nearly two decades, I've been committed to preparing the most inspiring and motivated college students for graduate/professional school and lifelong achievement.

Top 10 Sex Tips for College Freshmen

Em & Lo | Posted 08.28.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

For many young women and men, the end of August marks the start of a new chapter of life -- one of higher learning, critical thinking, problem solving, horizon broadening, and lots and lots of casual bonking.

Attention, Freshmen: Here's What to Expect

Lori Janjigian | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Lori Janjigian

Don't be scared. You will struggle and you might even fail a course or two. You might even break down and cry a few times. But if you work hard and stop second-guessing your every decision, you will get through it all and succeed.

This List Will Reminds Us How College Freshmen View The World

AP | Posted 08.26.2014 | College

Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world. The ...

After Orientation, the Real Work Begins

Beverly Low | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
Beverly Low

For the past 20 years, I've been directing orientation programs for incoming college freshmen. All of a sudden, I am the on the other side of the equation -- I am the new face -- a little nervous, but eager to get started.

Tricks, Tips and Takes for College Freshmen

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

It's that time of year again when many students begin their first year of college. It's an exciting, but also a stressful time for many. To help, here are 21 tips I share with freshmen each year.

10 Things to Pack When You Go to College

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Robert E. Johnson

Whether you are heading off to college this fall as a freshman or as a returning student, it is critical that you think about your preparation -- not just in the practical matters of packing to outfit your residence hall room -- but also in preparing your mindset so you can truly get the most out of college.

What I Wish I Knew When I Was a Freshman

Charles Howard | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Charles Howard

I wish I had known then that a lot of us, in fact nearly every freshman, feels that insecurity in some way or another -- wondering whether they will succeed, whether people will like them, whether they can do the work.

5 Things I Didn't Buy My College Kid

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

My son is leaving for his freshman year of college in four days (but who's counting?). I may have blogged about it a few times here and there (OK, maybe more than that).

An Open Letter to College Freshmen

Stephanie Beach | Posted 08.14.2014 | College
Stephanie Beach

Take advantage of all of the opportunities that present themselves to you. And better yet, don't just wait for opportunities to come along, make them yourself and go out there and look for them.

College Parents: How to Say the Long Goodbye

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.11.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

When families arrive at move in day, there is a subtext to the college's drop-off invitation. While the message is direct and blunt, it's important for parents to understand that the rules have changed.

A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

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.

What My Daughter Had for Lunch

Maureen Anderson | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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 07.27.2014 | 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.