The upcoming school year is right around the corner. January is the time we have to make sure teenagers are preparing for college. They will have to make a tough transition from high school life to college life. This means they will face many more responsibilities like having to make sure they attend classes, motivate themselves to read and study, and other responsibilities. These responsibilities are coupled with the teenagers making new friends and getting used to a college campus and even dorm life. Are your teenagers prepared for this transition? Do they have their applications, high school transcripts, and other paperwork lined up to start college successfully? What do they need to make college life successful?
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Parentella: Looking forward to our chat tonight with @butwait and @collegevisit. Should be great!
collegevisit:Anyone here for #ptchat, pls introduce yourself and feel free to ask questions to our experts on parenting/collegebound teens #campuschat
nancyberk: Hi all! I’m Nancy Berk, psychologist/writer and mom of a high school senior who just got in ED-phew.
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SuzanneShaffer: What about all those who didn’t get a YES this week? How do parents handle that news?
SheldonWordNerd: @Parentella Keep up the good work. Parenting isn’t for wimps
butwait: Re: ED defers/denies. We were wondering today how many families have “family stories” about overcoming disappointment.
nancyberk: My son had an action plan if he didn’t get in ED (as did his brother). Important to know there are other great options.
akilbello: It’s the parents job to guide and inform (make sure kids don’t pick Duke) but not to dominate or get overly invested.
cybraryman1: When my children were young teens I took them on a road trip to see some colleges
SheldonWordNerd: And obviously never put all a student’s eggs in one basket. Diversification isn’t just for the stock market!
irasocol: @ileducprof We need MUCH better matching of student needs to specific universities
leducprof: There are affordable college programs for every family budget. Don’t let the cost scare you away from applying
butwait: Parents sometimes SAY “Apply anywhere!” without addressing underlying financial stress
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