College Tips for Parents

Our Current Feature Articles:
Thank you to all the parents and students who contributed the following articles to our site!!

- Steps You and Your College Student Can Take to Reduce the Risks of Info Fraud
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The Grass is Fresher on the Other Side
This article presents an inside view of contemporary campus life and the social scene at colleges, written by college freshman Kimberly Tran.

- Parents’ Guide to a Worry-Free Semester
Explains many reasons why parents should not be overly anxious about having a child away at college.  Written by college student Caitlin Fahey.

- The Game of Survivor
Anne Tyra discusses her experiences as a parent whose oldest son recently started college. Including typical worries of how well the child will handle the responsibilities of life away from home.

- Common College Housing Mistakes
Shannon Bennett is currently a college student. Her article discusses housing on and off campus, miss-information, living with close friends, and other items college parents should be aware of.

- Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Karen Walasek provides entertaining accounts of her experiences as a parent of an out-of-state college student. Humorous article for college parents, which also includes valuable insights.

- To Text or Not to Text
College parent, Tina M. Radcliffe has written an entertaining and informative article about contacting your college student. The article discusses text messaging, and gives parents great tips, lingo, and etiquette regarding text messaging.

- How to prevent your child from being sucked into the “I’m independent! I can do whatever I want!” phase
College sophomore, Jen Danowitz discusses what often happens with college students who are newly 'free' from parental oversight.  She also covers steps parents can take to establish and maintain open and supportive communication with their college student.

- Don’t Be Surprised – Read the Fine Print
College Parent, Patti McKenna provides an informative story about unexpected expenses and liabilities when a student is away at college.  

 - Oh Dear, I’m a newbie!  
College Student, Talia Goren discusses the many new encounters that all new college students go through; such as new surroundings, new people, professors, etc.  All this can be stressful to many young people.  She gives great suggestions on specific steps students can take to make the transition less stressful. Her tips are also useful suggestions for parents helping their children adapt to college life.

- Excitement, Anxiety and Everything In Between
Susan Smith, has four children, one has a masters degree, one is working on their masters, one is in a college Junior, and one is a high school senior. She discuss the decision making process which both parents and their children go through when selecting which college to attend.  Susan describes how each of her children made their decisions, and how she involved herself in the process.

- My Advice To College Parents
Fran Gragg is the coordinator of the parents association of a major university in the Midwest. 
Ms. Gragg submitted this piece to us, which offers some great advice for college parents.

-First Year College Students- Advantages of PT Jobs and Joining Organizations
Shannon Bennett is currently a college student.  Her article discusses the advantages of joining an organization, as well as the benefits of obtaining a part time job.

- Stress Paper
 Talia Goren, gives some excellent tips on handling academic stresses of college.  She discussing important steps such as time management, maintaining healthy eating and sleeping habits, and even the importance of relaxing.  These are great tips to pass along to your kids.

-Live Smart
Kimberly Tran wrote this article at the end of her freshman year.  She discusses moving away home, dealing with roommates, and how relationships with parents can actually become closer while away at college.   She also offers a couple tips for parents.

- School’s Out For Summer
College Parent Tina Radcliffe gives some great tips and advice about handling the transition of having a college student returning home for the summer break.

- Ways to Ease College Costs
College Parent Patti McKenna, has some excellent ideas that she and her daughter have adopted for saving money on college expenses. She covers topics such as saving money on tuition, saving on room and board, how to get scholarships, and saving on college transportation.

-A Prescription for College Health
Tina M. Radcliffe is a former R.N. with two students attending out-of-state colleges.
Tina provides some useful information regarding planning ahead to help ensure a more healthy college experience for your college student. 

College student Kimberly Tran gives some excellent insights and tips on buying furnishings and other items needed for college.  Her tips are useful for both parents and new college freshman as well as experienced students.

-The College Deal
Second year student Kimberly Tran talks about the stresses relating to the college application process; including coping with rejection from your first choice college.  She also give insights & ideas to parents are how they can be supportive.

-Top 5 Comfort Traps First Year Students Face
Newly graduated college student Shannon Bennett offers some great insights and thoughts about common pitfalls and other issues that many college freshmen face during their first year at college.


Some Topics which we will soon be featuring:

  • What's really going at, and near campuses, including commuter campuses & community colleges.

  • Safety & Security on and around campus

  • Dealing with stress, uncertainty, and anxiety associated with having a child in college.

  • Key money management skills your young adult needs to know

  • Great gift ideas for college students, and graduation gift ideas

  • What products & services your college student needs and probably does not need.

  • Insurance - best values and tips regarding:
        Health Insurance, Car Insurance, Renters Insurance

  • Food Products
        college meal plans; ways to save on food costs

  • Housing:
        Apartment hunting checklist, dorm tips

  •  Cell Phones, Calling Plans, Calling Cards.  Which are the best deals

  •  Smart ways to buy Computers & Software. Tips from experts.

  • Test Preparation Courses for the SAT ACT MCAT GMAT LSAT.  Experts opinions.

  • Financial Products and Services - which are worthwhile are which are not

  • & many more


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