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What is your child doing this summer?

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: January 20th, 2017

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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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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Congratulations College Graduates and Parents!

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: May 7th, 2016

Four years seems like a long time when you start college but in truth it flies by. It is that time of year again and UCP wants to congratulate all those young adults who are graduating from college. We wish them all the best in whatever path they choose. Congratulations to all you Uncool College Parents also -it is a tough road to travel -when your child started college they were closer to being a child and now undoubtedly they are a young adult. As a parent that is a hard transition to make as well. As you sit in the ceremony with your eyes dewy remember the little boy or girl they once were and look forward to the successful adult they will become.
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