College

How to College: 4 Essential Reads for Incoming First-Year Students and Their Parents on Mental Health, Libraries and More

By the time they get through high school, most students are pretty used to transitioning from summer to school time. But starting college brings a whole new set of challenges. First-year college students have to handle additional responsibilities like how much time they’ll spend in class, how to manage the time they devote to their coursework and how to take advantage of campus resources like the library. Read more ›

Before Heading to College, Make a Mental Health Checklist

In other words, what can they do to protect their mental health? Experts suggest that parents and teenagers take proactive steps now to help plan for and preserve mental well-being during the big transition to college. Read more ›

5 Signs a Young Adult May Be Struggling

Moving away from home for the first time is a mountainous life transition for a young adult. This can be a daunting task for young adults between ages 18 and 25, whether they are relocating to a new city to pursue an education or job or moving out of the family home within the same town.

Many parents or guardians know they should remain attuned to their adult child’s well-being and watch for signs of anxiety, depression or other issues, but it could be hard to know what to look for when you no longer share the same home full time. Read more ›

Resources for Transition Age Youth with Disabilities

Transition age youth with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable populations within the foster care system. This population may need additional support as they face unique challenges in their transition to adulthood. There are various types of disabilities, including those that affect a person’s vision, movement, thinking, learning, communication, hearing, mental health, and social relationships. While there are several resources for the disabled community in general, there are multiple programs specifically available for transition age youth with disabilities. Read more ›

Rising Parental Expectations Linked to Perfectionism in College Students

Rising parental expectations and criticism are linked to an increase in perfectionism among college students, which can have damaging mental health consequences, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. Read more ›

A Top-Ranked College May Not Be Best for Your Kid. Give Them These Gifts Instead

Pressure from parents over college choices has been on the rise over the last 20 years, and unfortunately perfectionism among kids has been rising with it, according to research published last week by the American Psychological Association.

To help your family get through college decisions in a way that minimizes the stress and maximizes students’ ability to make good decisions for themselves, experts recommended adults give these gifts to their kids. Read more ›

Helping Teens Weather the Blow of College Rejection Letters

If you have a senior in high school, you probably know that the last of the college-admissions decisions for the class of 2022 will land in the coming days.

Maybe your teen got into their dream school. If that’s the case, congratulations! But there’s a good chance that your child will face, or already is grappling with, one of the biggest disappointments of their life. Read more ›

Colleges Struggle to Recruit Therapists for Students in Crisis

Early in his first quarter at the University of California-Davis, Ryan Manriquez realized he needed help. A combination of pressures — avoiding covid-19, enduring a breakup, dealing with a disability, trying to keep up with a tough slate of classes — hit him hard. Read more ›

Handling College Admission Decisions: A Sidecar Parent’s Guide

Helicopter, bulldozer, snowplow, tugboat, Velcro, tiger, and now drone—these are all the deprecatory labels that we use to describe today’s overinvolved, and sometimes aggressive, parents. Throughout two decades as a school counselor, I have witnessed these child-rearing styles and many others. I am not a fan of such pejorative terms, as the reality is, parents love their children. It is this love, and the hopes and fears it ignites, that drive parents’ actions. Read more ›

Executive Functioning Modules for College Students [downloadable]

Almost all students struggle at one time or another with focus, paying attention, organizing, prioritizing, and completing projects or papers. These modules from the University of Wisconsin–Madison will focus on increasing self-awareness and improving your ability to pay attention and focus, which are related to the skills of executive functioning. Read more ›

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