You're an Uncool College Parent If...

  1. #1. You wish your kid responded to your text.
  2. #2. You know they're over 18; and you still care.
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What is your child doing this summer?

What is your child doing this summer? That is the biggest question that parents ask each other this time of year when we get together. And for a college kid these days, it is a loaded question.

Unfortunately, these days paying jobs are almost impossible to find and unpaid “internships” are equally as difficult to find. It seems that you have to start almost a year in advance to secure one. So what’s a college kid to do? Being a camp counselor or lifeguard is still a viable option. And lots of kids seem to take summer classes to help them graduate on time. Then there are travel or summer internship programs away from home.
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Moms – Let’s Talk About Sorority Rushing

In many conversations with other mothers of college daughters, rushing a sorority is one of the topics that causes a lot of concern.  According to one mother I spoke with her daughters’ experience caused her to be quite upset. The process of being eliminated from houses that she had hoped to belong to was very hurtful. At a time when these young women are dealing with so many changes, handling the rejection of this kind is quite difficult. Certainly if a girl does not get a bid it is quite upsetting. Damage control by the family kicks into high gear. Reminding this young woman that she is indeed wonderful and desirable becomes paramount. But even if there is a positive outcome and your daughter gets a bid, it makes you wonder about the process.

Study Abroad? Some Quick Hints

Well, the time has arrived when my son is leaving for his semester abroad. I am excited for him. When you’re young, you should do it. Get out of your comfort zone and meet new people, embrace new cultures and learn about the world outside of home and college. But, it is very scary out there these days – advise your college kid to be safe and exercise caution in every foreign country.

Here are a few things I can share:

1) Make copies of passport/visa. Two copies stay with parents, two copies with your kid. You could also email a scanned copy to your kid.

2) Research conversion costs prior to arrival.

3) Provide US Embassy phone number/emergency number and their equivalent 911 – this is good for parents too! 

4) Call your cell phone provider but recommend purchasing an international phone to use abroad.

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