As the new academic year begins, parents of children starting college for the first time, or those going back for another year, are helping their children move into dorms and new apartments, and experiencing goodbyes both joyful and tearful. But for some of these parents, this time of excitement and discovery comes with a specific set of fears and anxieties. When we hear about mental health in college, we tend to hear in broad terms about how the stress of university programs, and of the journey into independent living, affects young adults.
Many teens are terrified and completely unprepared for interviews. Text messaging is the top means of teen communication. The Pew Institute’s research shows that teens text on average 60 times a day (girls average 100 texts per day.) Approximately 63 percent of teens send messages everyday while only 39% make phone calls daily and only 35% of teens say they communicate face to face daily.
A couch. A gazebo. A mouse. Target.
These were the topics of personal application essays that helped the writers earn admission to Stanford, UPenn, UC Berkeley and MIT. These essays contained no lists of accomplishments and no bragging, just good stories that revealed who the students are and what makes them tick.
The end of the school year is in sight and teachers and students are starting to wind down. Teachers’ Facebook posts are beginning to feature margarita close ups, and your teenager may have developed a case of “I’m done caring”.
When thinking about going to college, there are many things that you’re likely considering -such as the size of the school, location, housing choices, and of course, academic options. In fact, SO much emphasis in the college application and decision-making process is put on academics – does the college or university offer the major I want?
Art school is a real college. There are a lot of misconceptions of what a degree in the performing and visual arts entails… that an arts degree is not rigorous, that graduates will have less options in the employment market, or that as a performing or visual arts student, I will get to solely focus on the work I want to make.
Kids go to college to continue their education. Sure, that’s true. But the actual reality of going to college involves so much more than academics. As students engage in college research and begin to formulate an idea of what they are looking for in a school, they should also check in with themselves to ensure that they are ready – beyond academic preparation – for this enormous transition.
My son has played squash for years, and has always expected to play in college. But now he’s entering his junior year, and other parents are telling me that getting a squash coach’s attention is even more competitive than the game itself.
The sports recruiting process seems so confusing. What do my wife and I need to do to boost our son’s desirability?
Baffled in Boston
College is NOT Just a Bigger High School: Preparing First-year Students for the Academic Expectations
College-bound students in the U.S. have learned a few things about classroom transitions. For most of them, the move from elementary school to middle school meant more classes, new challenging academic content, and harder homework. In turn, the move from middle school to high school brought a similar transition: additional classes, more complex academic material, and even harder homework.