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Tips for Middle School Counselors and Parents

Are your stu­dents think­ing about attend­ing col­lege or train­ing in a fielocker2ld of inter­est? It is never too early to get started in the process even if it is a few years away. Each stu­dent can start posi­tion­ing him­self or her­self to get into col­lege by fol­low­ing the col­lege plan­ning time­line as a guide.

School coun­selors — talk to you stu­dents about:

  • Tak­ing courses required for entrance into high school and devel­op­ing strong study habits.  Each stu­dent should take chal­leng­ing courses and posi­tion him­self or her­self to take advan­tage of advanced courses in high school in areas of strengths.
  • Teach orga­ni­za­tion and time-management skills to pre­pare them to suc­ceed in high school and beyond. Assist with build­ing good study habits. Click here for more tips.

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.

Hello College Freshman — TopTen Tips

Col­lege not only poses a need for aca­d­e­mic adjust­ment, but an adjust­ment to a new lifestyle. Jug­gling a new sched­ule and expec­ta­tions that go along with it can take its toll on fresh­men emo­tion­ally, phys­i­cally, and aca­d­e­m­i­cally. Many col­leges are attuned to this tran­si­tion and offer sup­port to fresh­men in a vari­ety of ways.

Dorms have trained per­son­nel called res­i­dent assis­tants or RA’s assigned to help stu­dents with every­day issues includ­ing room­mate issues, school rules and guide­lines, activ­i­ties, and other school com­mu­nity issues. “Melt­downs” or emo­tional dis­tress can occur due to grade pressure.

Men­tal health cen­ters on cam­pus offer coun­sel­ing ser­vices from licensed psy­chol­o­gists and psy­chi­a­trists for coun­sel­ing issues such as depres­sion, eat­ing dis­or­ders, anx­i­ety, chem­i­cal depen­dency, and so on. If stu­dents need med­ical atten­tion, the med­ical cen­ters on cam­pus can han­dle those requests. There are a vari­ety of spir­i­tual cen­ters that can also offer sup­port to stu­dents who want to con­tinue involve­ment in their faith life, attend­ing retreats, and com­mu­nity ser­vice oppor­tu­ni­ties. Career Cen­ters are open to stu­dents inter­ested in career explo­ration, intern­ships, resume build­ing, study abroad oppor­tu­ni­ties, and appli­ca­tions to grad­u­ate school. The fol­low­ing list includes a col­lec­tion of sug­ges­tions made by upper­class­men for incom­ing fresh­men. Read Top 10 Tips by click­ing here!

Dorm Room Decorating – Conquer the Budget, Small Space, and Ugly, Standard Furniture!

What are the three biggest con­cerns fac­ing col­lege fresh­men when it comes to set­ting up a dorm room? Work­ing within a bud­get, cop­ing with a small space, and learn­ing how to manip­u­late the stan­dard, ugly dorm room fur­ni­ture.  So, what can you do to a room which you aren’t allowed to paint, with walls you can’t nail objects into, and two-of-a kind beds, dressers and desks? Learn more about how to make your space com­fort­able, bring a lit­tle bit of home with you, and cre­ate stor­age area which is essential.

Quick Tips for Those on a Budget!

  • Can’t paint? Use chalk to draw on the walls – you can erase it later with baby wipes or a dry eraser.
  • Try fab­ric on walls by using corn starch mixed with water. Apply the mix­ture to wall, smooth it out and watch how the fab­ric sticks to it. It’s all nat­ural and comes right off with­out remov­ing paint. This is an easy way to get color and tex­ture in your room. Click here for tips on dec­o­rat­ing a small, bor­ing space on a budget.

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.

Packing for College

It’s that time of year to col­lect the essen­tial items for col­lege.  Find out the lay­out of the room and what items are approved by the col­lege to bring into the dorm. Some schools allow small refrig­er­a­tors, but not microwaves.  It’s never too early to start shop­ping for the essen­tials.  Con­tact your room­mate ahead of time so you don’t dupli­cate items. If you have the space, buy in bulk when you can. Save on costs by bring­ing your own “munchies”.

What to Take…

Explain the Value of Cooperative Education Programs or “Co-Ops”

One def­i­n­i­tion of a coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram is a struc­tured expe­ri­ence which com­bines prac­ti­cal work and the classroom-based edu­ca­tion.  Such pro­grams pro­vide aca­d­e­mic credit for job expe­ri­ence to help a stu­dent from school-to-work and encour­age ser­vice learning.

  • Pro­vide an oppor­tu­nity to learn from some expe­ri­enced and sup­port­ive col­leagues in the workplace
  • Gain prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence while earn­ing a degree and get­ting a head start in career
  • Stu­dent mature, are more expe­ri­enced, and already respected for accom­plish­ments in co-op work assignments
  • Gain hands-on work expe­ri­ences in spe­cial­ized fields like engi­neer­ing and busi­ness, etc. Read more rea­sons to look at Co-Op opportunities.