Posts Tagged ‘college’

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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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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The Family Dynamic Has Changed!

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: September 2nd, 2015

So you dropped your oldest child off at college and you are back home for a few weeks or so now. You
may still be a little sad and depressed and looking to feel better. You are still not used to the fact that the dinner table has one less person at it on a regular basis. Now what?

This UCP recommends giving yourself more time to adjust. Don’t think that things will
feel right immediately. But we all adapt and that is a beautiful thing.
Certainly if you have another child at home, go out and enjoy being with them. Chances are they haven’t gotten you all to themselves in a while. You probably didn’t pay much attention to them because you were getting the older one off. Maybe they even were a good sport and helped
you move their older sibling into college, lugging the boxes and enduring orientation. So do something with them that you enjoy together. Go to the park, take in a movie, just have fun!

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