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As a school counselor, who so just happens to be a parent, I realize that the phenomena of the at-risk college student is becoming a huge problem in our society. Although college brochures show college life as a dream, they do not share the whole story. So, I have decided to take my real life challenge and write a blog post regarding how to help families prevent a college nightmare.
Resources For Helping Students and Families Prepare For College Life
Although it is the final semester for our seniors, the good news is that there is still time to prepare them for college life. In my research, I found a great website by author, Harlan Cohen, regarding preparing students for college life. In his books and webinars, his goal is to help students to survive their first year of college by educating students and parents about the transition time between high school and college. While Cohen believes that 90% of college life is "amazing" and 10% is uncomfortable, students either will either face those challenges or avoid being uncomfortable. When students fail to face uncomfortable moments, they can be at risk for dropping out. In fact, Cohen found that during the first year of college 66% of students are get homesick and one out of four students will ultimately transfer. To help students and parents in this time of transition and preparation, he offers a free webinar for families called 17 Things to Do the Summer Before Going to College. In addition to his webinar, Cohen has authored some books for first year college students and parents, The Naked Roommate's First Year Survival Handbook and The Naked Roommate for Parents Only. Oh by the way, Cohen also writes advice books for dating as well!
Since we are super busy and may not have time to watch the webinar, please check out the slides here.
Want to prepare next year's college going students? Feel free to check out my year long guide for students and parents.
Year Long Guide for Teaching Life Skills
Want to use these activities? Download your own power point and handout.
10 Monthly Activities for High School Students Power point
Teaching Students 10 Monthly College Life Skills
Another suggestion for preparing students is to conduct monthly workshops featuring a life skill topic. Need resources and curricula? No problem! I have a great free resource of lesson plans you can download for your students and parents. Here is a sample of resources for you to view.
Teen Life Lessons
7 Things to Do Before Your Kids Goes to College
Prepping Kids so They're Ready Thrive Adults
Essential Life Skills for High Schoolers to Build Before College
10 Tips College Freshmen Should Know
10 Questions Every Parent/Student Should Ask About Campus Safety
10 Life Skills Your Teen Needs Before Leaving Home
Five Tips to Getting Along With Your Roommate
If you have materials and ideas you use in with your students, I would love to hear about them!!!