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June, 2017

Lisa's youngest daughter will be graduating high school this month and Beth's just finished her freshman year of college.  We know the conversations that we've been having with our kids and friends and decided to focus this issue on those conversations, some serious and some light.  We hope you'll make the time to have these important talks before your own kids leave for college.  We welcome your own thoughts on conversations you've had or would like to have with your kids.

Getting Your Legal House In Order Before Your Adult Child Leaves for College
Written By: Erin M. Nadeau, Esq.
Imagine the following scenario: Your 18-year old son is away at college in a neighboring state. He is hit by a car and sustains injury to his neck and is unconscious as a result of the accident. His roommate notifies you and you quickly call the hospital to get more information about your son. The hospital is not cooperative and gives you very little information as to your son's condition. In addition, since he is still unconscious it is not clear as to who will make decisions as to his treatment.

Once your child turns 18, as a parent you lose the legal authority to make decisions for them since they are now considered an adult in the eyes of the law.
Social Media Postings Matter
Harvard recently rescinded admission offers to 10 students based on inappropriate and offensive postings made in a private Facebook group. Your digital footprint is public. Be smart.

Click here for Harvard Crimson article
Click here for NBC News interview

Sexual Assault on Campus
This is a tough but necessary topic for all families to discuss. Lisa wrote this piece a few years back, and unfortunately the need to repeat it year after year remains.

Choose Freshman College Classes Wisely
We overheard some students planning their freshman college schedule.

"I got a 5 on the AP Bio exam, so I'm placing out of Bio 100 and am taking a harder class."
"I crushed the math placement test and am jumping ahead to take the most advanced Calc class I can."

In high school, we encourage students to push themselves and to take the hardest class they can, because rigor of curriculum is important to selective college admissions. But the exact opposite is true for college freshmen. Go easy the first year as you acclimate to all the changes.

Click here for full article
What to Pack, Meal Plans and more
What should I pack? Which meal plan do I pick? These questions and more are covered in this short, lively video.

Seniors: Phew!  You made it.  Now that you have deposited, you can relax and enjoy the end of year festivities. Congratulations.


Juniors: You are almost done with the year.  Good luck on your finals and on any June ACTs, SATs or Subject tests if you are taking them.  If you are not yet on our schedule, contact us to work on your resume/detailed activity list before the end of the year.


Reminder-Now is the time to ask your teachers for letters of recommendation.   


Sophomores and Freshmen: Good luck on your finals.  Let us know your final summer plans.




Lisa, Beth, and Abby
College Bound Mentor, LLC