The College Prep And Pack: Boys V. Girls

If you are ever looking for evidence of gender difference, look no further than the college prep and pack.  Although, it's certainly not scientific, all one needs to do is study the looks on the faces of "the welcoming committee" at any college when a van load of girl's stuff pulls up compared to when a boy's drives into the same space.  Proof positive!...more
This is so true! I have to admit that I was the roommate that never brought the big ticket ...more

Preparing Kids For College Means Far More Than Decorating A Dorm

 In the next month or so, kids from all over will load up cars, say goodbye to their hometown friends and families and head off to college for the first time....more

Emptying The Nest: 5 Steps To Making The College Drop Off A Success

 At the end of August in my 17th year, my parents loaded up their car and drove their oldest child to college.  I was nervous, but in that excited, rumbly way; worried about the roommate, the classes, the food, and all of that stuff, but anxious to start this new adventure. I'm pretty sure my dad was feeling the same as I was.   My mom, on the other hand, was psychotic, catatonic and just plain off her rocker.  Suffice it to say, she wasn't coping well....more

From Junior to Senior : Help Them Get Ready for College

It’s June and we know the last thing you may want to think about is going back to school; especially if you or your child just got out. However, summer can be the perfect time to start planning for your child to get ready for the college life – be it this year, next year or two years from now. A little bit of planning now can save you some serious questions and headaches down the road....more

Schools Out Forever and Other "Last" Moments

Today was the last full day of high school for my oldest son. Yesterday was the last Wednesday and tomorrow will be the last time he sets foot in the school as a student.I’ve been doing this morbid mental list of last moments for months now. Yesterday I even took a photo: ...more

They're Baaaack! 6 Tips to Help You Survive Summer with Your College Student

Over the next month or so, college students will be returning home to spend the summer with you. Within a few days, several of your conversations will begin with any or all of the following questions: Where have you been? It's 2:00am.When did I say you didn't have to call?Why would you take the car without asking?What do you mean you don't have a job?Who said I'd do your laundry?Who is that sleeping on my couch?Why are there empty beer bottles in the back of the garage?It's 2:00 pm, are you ever going to get out of bed? ...more
I love #6 and especially love this part: "I can't get those days back, but I can relish the new ...more

Dear College Admissions Counselor, Please Answer These Application Questions

Dear College Admissions Counselors, Don’t worry, I’m not trying to make a plea for my kid to get into your school. I am submitting an application for you to complete for my consideration of your school. See, if I’m going to sell myself to the devil in order to help pay for my son’s education, I think I have the right to make you impress me. Yes, we’ve visited the schools, attended the info sessions, and reviewed the websites to make sure that you are a good fit for my kid but really, is that enough? ...more
I work at a University and I'd like to applaud Cheryl! Well said.more

College Majors to Avoid

When You Find Yourself Yelling the F-Word at Your Teens

If you’re like me, you are finding that it’s not always so easy to like all the people who you’re living with. Much less love them. At least once a day, I find myself in a combative situation or heated conversation with someone I gave birth to. I even made that observation aloud to one of them this week, in the midst of one such episode, "This is not how people usually talk to me." But he just grunted and kept at it....more
Lisa BunnageMoms gonna be moms ... :)more