How To Prepare For Your College Freshman Coming Home For The Holidays

How To Prepare For Your College Freshman Coming Home For The Holidays

College, Financial Aid, Christmas Break, family stress

Home for the holidays can be stressful for parents of college students.

Beware of Hidden Landmines

Your college freshman is coming home for the holidays, now what? Having the time to reconnect and visit is very enticing. But this time is filled with lots of hidden landmines. Your child has been on their own with no curfews, no one to report to, enjoying total freedom. The dynamics have changed and whether we as parents want to admit it, so have our children. So, how do you navigate this new twist to your relationship?

Remember the Key Term – Respect

The key term to remember during this time is respect. Once your child has returned and settled in it is time to sit down and discuss the parameters of this new phase of your relationship. By discussing expectations at the beginning of the visit you can set the tone for a very enjoyable break. Keep in mind that the discussion is a two – way talk, your student will also have expectations and requests that need to be heard and honored.

Communication is Highly Important

Prior to the conversation it would be wise to let your child know that you’d like to talk about their time at home and what plans they have. In giving them an opportunity to think about their plans, the discussion will be more productive and they will not feel ambushed. The goal is to tackle this new territory together. Your parenting role has shifted now and getting used to this new role will require you to spend some time determining what you want this new part of the journey to look like. I really encourage you to put thought into this; purposeful parenting should always be your motto!

Don’t leave this visit to chance. Don’t wait until your expectations are not met to talk with your student. Chances are if you do you will be feeling disappointed and angry and this is not a good recipe for building a strong relationship. Together you and your child can determine a level of understanding that will allow both of you to enjoy the holidays and your time together!

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The Importance of Revisiting Your Priorities – Are You On Track?

When spring rolls around, often those well planned goals keep on rolling too.  What seemed so important in January, now seems like a pain and it seems like an uphill battle to stay the course.  In this class, we’ll help you reconnect to your priorities and give you the ‘juice’ to help you and your kids keep on moving to the finish line.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to effectively measure progress.
  • How to prioritize and adjust as necessary to attain success.
  • How to implement strategies to overcome obstacles inhibiting success.

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Making The Most Of Your Summer

Summer time and the living is easy!  Well… kinda.  Summer is more than just a break, it is a time to break out and try some new things.  Do this in a smart way and you can reap the rewards all the way to the college admissions office.  Join us for this call and find out how to make the most of your summer.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The importance of internships.
  • Summer classes – the pros and cons.
  • Give back, the gift of volunteering.

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The ABC’s of Strong Relationships

Communication and relationships.  It’s hard to have one without the other. As a matter of fact, bad communication habits can sour even the best of relationships, especially parent/child relationships.  Find out how to brush up on your communication style and say what you need to say in this class.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to identify the 4 main behavioral styles.
  • Three essentials of Active Listening.
  • How to implement effective communication skills.

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The Who, What, Where, When, and How’s of Goal Setting

Start 2015 strong with authentic goals that are achievable and meaningful. This class is designed specifically to help parents assist their children to set goals and give them the support they need to power through the roadblocks along the way.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to start strong in 2015 with effective goals.
  • A daily habit that will speed up the time it takes to accomplish your goals.
  • A system for crafting goals that deliver what you want every time.

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Top 5 Myths about Who Qualifies For Financial Aid

Top 5 Myths about Who Qualifies For Financial Aid

In need of financial aid but think you don’t qualify?

You may have participated in or over-heard parents discussing the high cost of college. These conversations typically end up with everyone agreeing that they make too much money for financial aid or that they are not from the ‘right’ ethnic group to qualify for free money. In reality these thoughts are actually myths. There are several myths circulating out there; so I wanted to offer some clarity on the five we hear about the most.

Myth 1

People think that they make way too much money to get aid so they don’t try for it. Or if they do fill out the forms they do so without reading the instructions or taking much care, because they are convinced they will not qualify. Don’t let this self-fulfilling prophesy catch you! Many of the families that do apply have six figure incomes and still get aid. So don’t assume you don’t qualify.

Myth 2

People think that only student athletes or academically gifted students will receive financial aid, or that they automatically get money. On the contrary, financial aid is based solely on the financial need of the student, not their position or education level. Every student has to go through the same application process and get evaluated based on financial need.

Myth 3

People think that because their student is a minority, they won’t qualify for money. Or, if their student is not a minority, they will later lose the money they are entitled to. Just as with myth 2, the same applies to myth 3. Minorities have to go through the same process and fill out the application. Their determination is based solely on financial need. The college goes by a formula of COA (Cost of Attendance) – FC (Family Contribution) to arrive at the student’s financial aid need or FN. There are exceptions to this rule. For example, if a Caucasian student was thinking about attending Howard University, a predominantly African American school, they may be offered additional money from the school that is looking to diversify their student body. Another example would be an engineering department giving precedence to a female over a male. Other than this, the process of filing for college and financial aid still has to be followed.

Myth 4

Guidance counselors are trained to help your student get into college. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Their job is to help your child graduate high school – period! Most of them don’t even know the process of applying to colleges, and often give damaging advice. Unfortunately they are often assigned to far more students than they are able to serve effectively, which simply compounds the problem.

Myth 5

Colleges and Universities can help. Again, this is not true. They may not be the enemy, but asking them how you can get more money for college is like asking the IRS how you can lower your taxes.

By being aware of the myths you can make informed decisions about the college admission and application process. Feel free to explore our blog where you will find additional information to help you navigate this journey. In addition, you are welcome to register for one of our workshops where you will learn how to pay for college without going broke!

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