6 Great Summer Reads for College Students (And Their Parents)
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
For College Students
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen-A humorous yet helpful look at what students should be prepared to encounter in college. From friendship issues to alcohol and drugs, this book tells students what to expect on campus and how to handle the bumps.
Making College Count: A Real World Look at How to Succeed In and After College by Patrick S. O'Brien and Pete Adams-I have always believed the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This book deals with how to chart your course and make the most of your college investment. From major selection to extra-curricular activities and internships, students are guided to think about how they can best use their four years on campus to propel themselves into a great career or grad school after graduation.
You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage. Written by the parent liaison from U, Minnesota, this book deals with the real world issues that kids (and parents) face in college. It starts with things that crop up the summer before students head off for freshmen year, then academic issues, social obstacles and financial responsibility on campus. The common sense advice helps teach parents how to be supportive and mentor kids at a distance vs. being a helicopter parent via daily text messages and phone calls.
Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger-Kids, the title says it all! If your parents are having a hard time transitioning to your adulthood, this is the book to get them for the holidays. It contains hundreds of tips from colleges, students and parents to help parents cope and kids retain their sanity.
Barbara & Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest: Discovering New Purpose, Passion & Your Next Great Adventure by Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates- Are you the last child to leave home? Do you wonder what your parents will do now that they don’t have to be your chauffeur, pack lunches and hound you about homework? This guide will help your parents find their new mission in life while reducing text message overload from mom and dad on Saturday night.
Cristiana Quinn, M.Ed. is the founder of College Admission Advisors, LLC which provides strategic college counseling, SAT prep and athletic recruiting services www.collegeadvisorsonline.com.
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