College 411

Study Abroad? Some Quick Hints

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: January 5th, 2017

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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Safe dating – on Valentine’s Day and all Year Round

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: February 7th, 2016

Valentine’s Day is a big date night and we all wonder if our child has their own valentine. Come on, admit it. You’re thinking about it. Right? Well anyway, here are a few tips to share to ensure safe dating all year round as well as on Valentine’s Day.

Try these tips.

1) Tell a friend where you’re going and when you expect to return to your dorm

2) Carry your cell phone

3) Drive yourself or meet at a place that you are familiar with

4) Drink responsibly

5) Watch your drink

6) Go with other friends

7) Bring cash and

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My Child Wants To Transfer

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: May 3rd, 2015

What if after the first semester, second semester or even second year, your son
or daughter comes to you and expresses a desire to transfer schools. Know that this is not so uncommon these days.

I feel like when we were going to school most people I know chose a college and finished out their four years there. Now it is more common to hear that kids want to change colleges. Understanding that their 18 year old self wanted something different vs. their now 19, 20, or 21 year old self is a big step for a young adult.
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