Acing the First Year of College........ For Parents and Students

Resources for parents and students beginning the exciting time of college life.

The Launching Years: Smart Parenting from Senior Year to College Life

By Laura S. Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt

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"Launching a child from home is second only to child-birth in its impact on a family. Parents can end up reeling with the empty-nest blues, while teens find their powers of self-reliance stretched to the breaking point. During the time of upheaval that begins senior year of high school with the nerve-wracking college application process and continues into the first year of life away from home, The Launching Years is a trusted resource for keeping every member of the family sane. From weathering the emotional onslaught of impending separation to effectively parenting from afar, from avoiding the slump of "senioritis" to handling the newfound independence and the experimentation with alcohol and sexuality that college often involves, The Launching Years provides both parents and teens with well-written, down-to-earth advice for staying on an even keel throughout this exciting, discomforting, and challenging time.'

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The Happiest Kid on Campus: A Parent's Guide to the Very Best College Experience (For You and Your Child)

By Harlan Cohen

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"If your child is beginning life in college, there's a surprise around every corner...

"But that doesn't mean you can't be prepared! The Happiest Kid on Campus is a witty and wise guide to everything you need to know about the college experience. Harlan Cohen, America's most trusted college life expert, delivers the best advice, facts, stats, tips, and stories from parents, students, and experts across the country to ensure that you and your child will have an incredible and meaningful college experience.

The Summer Before
• What, when, and how to prepare
• The emotional roller coaster

Paying the Bills
• Financial aid tricks and tips
• Budgets, books, and the best campus jobs

Calling, Texting, and Facebooking
• New ways to keep in touch
• How much is too much

The First Few Months
• Move-in, roommates, and homesickness
• What not to do when you're missing them

To A or Not to B
• Professors, grades, and actually going to class
• When to step in (and when not to)

Keeping Them Safe
• Drinking, partying, and other things your kid might not be doing
• Knowing your campus support resources

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Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years

By Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger

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"For more than a decade Letting Go has provided hundreds of thousands of parents with valuable insights, information, comfort, and guidance throughout the emotional and social changes of their children's college years-from the senior year in high school through college graduation. Based on real-life experience and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, this indispensable book has been updated and revised, offering even more compassionate, practical, and up-to-the-minute information.

"When should parents encourage independence? When should they intervene? What issues of identity and intimacy await students? What are normal feelings of disorientation and loneliness for students-and for parents? What is different about today's college environment? What new concerns about safety, health and wellness, and stress will affect incoming classes?"

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In Addition To Tuition: The Parent's Survival Guide To Freshman Year of College

By Marian Edelman Borden, Mary Anne Burlinson, Elsie R. Kearns

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"...provides parents with a personal guide to residential college life today, taking them from the acceptance letter through the trails and tribulations of freshman year."

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Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years

By Helen E. Johnson, Christine Schelhas-Miller

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"Parents--
Does your daughter call home in tears over the latest 'crisis,' leaving you feeling helpless and concerned? Is your son confused about his major?

"When children leave for college many parents feel uncertain about their shifting role. By emphasizing the importance of being a mentor, Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money shows that parents may have lost control over their college student, but they haven't lost influence. Brimming with humorous case examples and realistic dialogues, this comprehensive guide covers the fundamental college issues, including:
Preparing for College: what to bring, how to stay in touch, and how to handle money * Adjusting Socially: roommates, stress, time management, and Greek life * The Search for Identity: intimate relationships, choosing a major, and lifestyle and value decisions * Handling Crises: depression, drug and alcohol abuse, dropping out, and eating disorders * Postgraduate Choices: job hunting, internships, and graduate schools"

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Beating the College Blues

By Paul A. Grayson, Philip W. Meilman

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Because not all of the challenges of college life are academic, Beating the College Blues helps readers identify, explore, and cope with pitfalls of college life. Completely updated and expanded throughout, topics covered include study habits; changing family relationships; sex, date rape, and sexual harassment; dealing with anxiety, depression, and stress; pressures to use alcohol and drugs; and eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia.

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Launching Our Black Children for Success: A Guide for Parents of Kids from Three to Eighteen

By Joyce A. Ladner with Theresa Foy DiGeronimo

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"This extraordinary book takes black parents step-by-step through the stages of child development so they can build a solid foundation for success in their children. It shows how to best instill pride, self-discipline, social skills, a work ethic, and a way to deal with the inevitable racism and prejudice their children will face. Authors Joyce Ladner and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo also offer a practical guide for overcoming the many injustices and obstacles African American families face and show how to shepherd their kids through the process that is required to help children keep their 'eyes on the prize.'"

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