College Students and Stress – Let’s Talk

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: August 10th, 2016

College is a great time of life. However, emotional stress does occur sometime during the four years. How do you help your child? What lessons do you teach? Personally, I don’t see much open talk about the difficult times kids go through. There is a ton of adjustment – living with a new person, sharing common space – in the bathroom, time management, study skills, partying, finals and much more.
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Check In…How Does Your Freshman Feel After Their First Semester?

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: December 16th, 2015

The beginning of the best four years of your life – that is what a college student hears so often when they arrive at college for the freshman year. According to parents and other students, the world is now at their fingertips just waiting for them to explore it and find their place in it. It’s exciting, it’s nerve-racking, it’s overwhelming… and it’s completely different for each student.

The first few days and sometimes weeks of college aren’t actually school days – there are a series of parties and get-togethers where each student is trying to find their place. After that, things start to get serious: classes begin, the parties calm down (kind of…), hopefully there is a rhythm to the days and each student makes friends, gets involved and figures out how to manage it all while still paying attention to the academics (which is really why they are at college, after all). But what happens when things don’t go quite that smoothly? Maybe your student has the routine down but still doesn’t feel quite right? Maybe they aren’t having the incredible time that everyone raves about? Maybe they think that something is wrong? Friends and family ask, “How’s college?” and their reply is automatically “It’s amazing! The best! I absolutely love it!” …But that isn’t actually how they are feeling?

Now that they have finished their first semester it’s a good time to check in with them. How does your student really feel? Were they depressed at all, lonely, maybe even a little home sick? Did they talk about these feelings with their friends at school or from home? If they did, and each was telling the truth then they probably heard that indeed their friend also shared these feelings. Hopefully this won’t come as a shock to them – hopefully each student can admit that college can sometimes be less than incredible.

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Is Your College Student Ready For Flu Season?

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: August 20th, 2015

flu season information

Is your college student ready for flu season?  The first defense against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. We would strongly recommend that you remind your college student to go to the Student Health Center at their college or to a local pharmacy (ie. CVS or Walgreens or Right Aid) to get their flu shot.  Most of these local pharmacies do not require an appointment and you can just walk in and get one.

Symptoms of the flu include–body aches, high fever for 3-5 days, sore throat, runny nose and cough. If your college age child calls and complains of these symptoms, have them call the Student Health Services immediately to find out what their school’s policy is about being seen, missing class, etc. Make sure they have some one to look in on them to monitor their condition, bring fluids and food and OTC fever reducers. Certainly anyone with an underlying medical condition or severe symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
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