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Tips For Parents Adjusting To An Empty Nest

Do you find your­self tak­ing a trip down mem­ory lane while your child excite­ment builds as they pack the car to head off to col­lege, start a mil­i­tary career, or get their first apart­ment? You may feel shaky, sad, con­fused, or relieved. Par­ents react dif­fer­ently to an empty nest. It is a time of change, a time to look at your child’s needs and your needs. It can be a fresh begin­ning. Here are sev­eral tips to help you cope with this period of your life.

Rest. Take some time for your­self while you adjust to the change and try to fig­ure out how you really feel. Dras­tic changes may only cause regret later, so hold off on the redecorating.

Exer­cise. If you find your­self sad or depressed, exer­cise is a way to lift your mood. Find a friend or work out buddy to help you start a new rou­tine. Avoid those fatty foods, choco­late and cock­tails. Opt for a round of yoga, aer­o­bics, weight train­ing, and healthy eat­ing. For more tips on han­dling an empty nest click here.

Social Networking Tips for Students — More on Facebook!

The Intended Col­lege Use is Not the High School Reality

Keep­ing in con­tact with friends and fam­ily across the world is com­fort­ing. Social net­work­ing is a great way to find a job, net­work, and stay in touch with those who mat­ter most. But how do you pro­tect your­self while on the Internet?

Face­book was the first large scale net­work­ing site made specif­i­cally for col­lege stu­dents. Though it still requires a valid email address to signup, any­one can now join and net­work in regions such as a major city, work­places, col­leges, and high schools.

Social Net­work­ing Tips for  Students

It is a student’s respon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect his or her online accounts. Click here to view more tips.

Shop for the Best Price on College Textbooks

Books are not cheap. You may want to shop around if you know what books are needed for the courses you plan to take. Here is a list of web­sites that might help you with this task.

AddAll - Book search and price comparison. — Save big on high-quality books.

Ama­zon is the place where you can save on new text­books and up to 90 per­cent on used text­books. You can also sell your text­books online. — If you order over $25 in text­books from this site you will not be charged for ship­ping, but this does not qual­ify for rented or used textbooks. - Right now the site is pro­mot­ing a “Bar­gain Bin Blowout” which allows users to pur­chase 5 used books for $15. — This site gather infor­ma­tion from var­i­ous text­book sites and cal­cu­lates each price as well as the total ship­ping amount. For more text­book web­sites click here.

Internships for High School Students

Intern­ships are a great way to get expe­ri­ence in a cer­tain field of study.  So why intern in high school?

Work expe­ri­ence in a field of study you want to pur­sue in col­lege can give you a jump up in the col­lege appli­ca­tion process.  It is a way to stand out in a crowd. An intern­ship will also allow you to under­stand more details about your major of inter­est and help you to under­stand how orga­ni­za­tions operate.

So, how do you find an intern­ship? First iden­tify your pas­sion. Some com­pa­nies offer for­mal intern­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties to high school stu­dents in par­tic­u­lar. Some pay, some are unpaid, and some you’ll pay for. Research com­pa­nies in the indus­try that inter­ests you.  Start by ask­ing around at local busi­ness asso­ci­a­tions. Use CareerOneStop’s Employer Loca­tor to help you iden­tify com­pa­nies in your local area. Next, talk to the Human Resource rep­re­sen­ta­tive or man­ager to see if posi­tions are avail­able.  Check out local orga­ni­za­tions like the news­pa­pers, muse­ums, and hos­pi­tals.  You may use your con­tacts on Face­book or Twit­ter to find open­ings in your spe­cific area of inter­est. Try web­sites like, , or For more on how to apply, click here.

Don’t Sweat the Essay this Summer: Make a Plan!

You’ve heard the col­lege appli­ca­tion essay is a big deal. Now that you are offi­cially a ris­ing senior, it’s time to fig­ure out what to write about.

Are these dreaded essays going to hang over your head all sum­mer? Most aren’t even due until late fall or even Jan­u­ary any­way. So what’s the rush?

In my opin­ion, there’s no rush. But if you are smart, you will give your­self aScreenHunter_367 Jul. 01 16.24 dead­line now. And make a plan. Oth­er­wise, the pres­sure will start build­ing in the back of your mind, and the anx­i­ety of what you “should be doing” could hurt the fun you are having.

Some col­lege coun­selors and essay “experts” advise stu­dents to sim­ply start think­ing about their essays over sum­mer, and casu­ally brain­storm­ing ideas, and reflect­ing on themes such as, “What makes me unique?” or “Who am I?”

I don’t think active intro­spec­tion can hurt, but I believe it’s more effec­tive to make a spe­cific writ­ing plan, with dead­lines, and stick to it. Wor­ry­ing about these essays is the worst part.

The GET IT DONE Plan of Attack - Read the two week approach — make a plan.

A Book of Questions to Jumpstart Your Career Search” — Interactive eBook and Paperback Now Available!

Look­ing for a career change or a new job, but don’t know where to start? Think­ing about anboq-cvr-half-sz encore career? Are you stuck in a rut?

For Imme­di­ate Release, Sumter, SC

Fri­day, June 27, 2014

A Book of Ques­tions to Jump­start Your Career Search” was writ­ten as a resource to help stu­dents, par­ents, edu­ca­tors, and any­one enter­ing or re-entering the job work­force. This ulti­mate resource tool is like hav­ing a pro­fes­sional career coun­selor beside you every step of the way. It will make you think about ques­tions that may be impor­tant to you in your career search such as:

  • How Do I Get Started?
  • What Do I Do Next?
  • Who Can Help Me?
  • Where Do I Look For Information?
  • What Kind of Train­ing Do I Need?
  • What Ques­tions Do I Ask Before Choos­ing a Major?
  • What if I Change My Mind About My Career Track?
  • Where Do I Find Reli­able Online Resources?

This book of ques­tions is meant to be fun and thought pro­vok­ing. So, dis­cover how you really feel about your inter­ests, skills, tal­ents, and goals in life. One ques­tion will lead to another. Avail­able on Ama­zon and in the Col­lege Path Book­store. Click here for free down­loads Read­ing Apps from Ama­zon for PC, Mac, iPad, and other devices for Kin­dle Ver­sion. Click here for free down­load Read­ing Apps from Barnes and Noble for PC, Mac, iPad and other devices for Nook Ver­sion. Con­tinue to read cus­tomer reviews!