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June, 2018

Now that the application process is over for seniors, the focus shifts to graduation and getting ready for 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
Last year Harvard rescinded admission offers to 10 students based on inappropriate and offensive postings made in a private Facebook group.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. 

The New York Times recent piece, "45 Stories of Sex and Consent on Campus" explores the complexity of sex on campus.
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
Study Tips to Improve Success in College
"Students know that they should study. But that doesn't mean that they know how. Memorizing definitions and parroting the textbook might have secured students A grades in high school. In college those habits might earn an F."
This quote from a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the challenges for students transitioning from high school to college level work.
While the article focuses on addressing disparities in education, the tools and techniques Prof. Hogan, a Biology professor at UNC Chapel Hill, recommends are universal:
  • Practice - read the textbook before class and prepare any assigned guided reading questions
  • Participate in class, keep track of questions
  • Organize and review notes from class and ask any lingering questions
  • Take advantage of optional resources like peer mentors and tutors
  • Spend time studying for the course every day
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 you can relax and enjoy the end of year festivities. Congratulations.


Juniors: If you are not yet on our calendar, schedule your resume/detailed activity list and brainstorming meetings now.


Sophomores and Freshmen: Let us know your final summer plans.




Lisa, Beth, and Abby
College Bound Mentor, LLC