College News for a Stress-free Summer

Okay, I can’t guarantee there will be no stress, but this info will help ease the tension.

By Anne Vaccaro Brady

Whether you’re the parent of a high school student or a recent graduate, there’s plenty of college-related planning required this summer. Click on the  links below for advice on how to approach issues not addressed in my previous post.

Getting to know the roommate Some kids scour Facebook in search of their freshman year roommate, others answer the simple questionnaire from their college and leave it up to the mystery expert in the housing office to find a good fit. Whichever way your child chooses to go, they’ll soon receive the name of their roommate and will want to start getting to know him or her. Elizabeth Hoyt’s article on Fastweb on what to ask your future roommate covers the pertinent topics, including what are your pet peeves and do you have any allergies?

Student and Teacher

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The role of Early Start programs Colleges select students for these programs who require some extra prep work before the fall semester begins. The goal is to provide a stronger chance for success freshman year and a smoother transition to college life. In this article for USA Today College, Valentina Caval looks at Early Start programs at three different colleges and how students who participated benefited from the experience.

Still looking for a college? If your student suddenly changes their mind about the college they selected, or decides that they do want to go to college after all, there are options beyond community college (though this is a good choice). The National Association for College Admissions Counseling provides a list of colleges that still have openings for the fall. Check it out if your child is continuing their search for a four-year school.

Anytime is SAT and ACT test prep time Well not really. But Fastweb does a good job of pointing out how rising seniors can prep for the tests even while they’re at the beach. Elizabeth Hoyt highlights what skills students need to gain over the summer and important resources beyond a test prep book.

How to become an ideal college candidate Susie Watts covers the essentials of what colleges are looking for in prospective applicants in her article on the She shares good advice on being true to yourself and how to stand out.

Where that college major will get you Before you dismiss your son or daughter’s choice of a major, learn where college graduates with various majors eventually end up careerwise by reading this article, with charts, on Vox by Libby Nelson.

English: The Hilton Hotel at the University of...

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Your role now that the college decision is made Lisa Heffernan of Grown & Flown has an excellent post on all the things Mom and Dad should be doing as freshman year of college approaches, including booking a hotel for Parents’ Weekend.

Your question not answered here? Please ask it in the comments section below, or use the search box at the top of the page on the right to see if I’ve covered the topic in a previous post.

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1 Response to College News for a Stress-free Summer

  1. Anne, you have a wonderful resource for parents and are grateful you included our writing about next steps for parents. Hope it is as stress-free as possible for kids and parents, too.

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