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First Year of College

It's Not Just Homesickness Anymore: The "Youthsickness" of College Students

Jacqueline Gualtieri | Posted 11.14.2014 | College
Jacqueline Gualtieri

This nostalgia -- the choice of spending a Saturday night watching Finding Nemo rather than sipping Yellowtail -- is nature. Homesickness is real occurrence, but so too is youth-sickness.

8 Things You Should Do to Make the Most of Freshman Year

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 11.05.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

To help you get off on the right foot, here's what every freshman can do to ensure success long after that first year of college is in the rearview mirror.

Preparing Your Child for Freshman Year of College

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

If you have spent the last 18 years building a strong bond with your child, then he/she likely has a strong inner core thanks to the trust and confidence you have helped him/her gain throughout the years.

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.

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.

Five Summer Tips for the College Bound

Beverly Low | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Beverly Low

Like the colorful and constant noise of summer fireworks, advice for college first-years has begun exploding from all directions. Celebrations are mixed with a nervous excitement that will not be matched or replicated ever again.

The Friend Group Factor

Beverly Low | Posted 05.11.2013 | College
Beverly Low

First-year students want a friend group. And they want it immediately. If a student doesn't have one, was ditched by one, or is in the process of seeking a new one, college can be a very lonely place.

Choices and Consequences: College and Beyond

Beverly Low | Posted 12.26.2012 | College
Beverly Low

A lot of students will choose to drink alcohol at some point during their time in college. That's the reality. It's how they drink and how they value drinking that always gets my attention.

Asking For Help Is Not a Sign of Weakness

Beverly Low | Posted 11.05.2012 | College
Beverly Low

For most college students, there will never be another time in your life when so many understanding, well-trained people are genuinely interested in helping you succeed.

High School to College Transition, Part Three: Social Challenges

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 06.11.2011 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

If you sit in a classroom and never meet the instructor, you will be a number. If you never join an organization, play recreational sports, or volunteer, you will be a number.

High School to College Transition, Part Two: Academic Expectations

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 06.11.2011 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

Many students enter college misinformed about how to succeed academically. Use this article as a jumping off point to think about the differences between high school and college academics.

High School to College Transition, Part 1: The Freshman Myth

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 06.11.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Harke Ed.D.

The freshman myth results in disenchantment when new college students' academic, social, and personal expectations are not met after arriving at college.