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Greek Life: Is It For You?

Greek Life: Is It For You?

You might know already know if Greek life is - or is not - the right choice for you. But, if you are like many college students you just aren't sure. Joining a sorority or a fraternity has pros and cons. On the plus side, there are parties, immediate friend connections, possibly a place to live as an upperclassman, and a lifetime of memories to be made. But joining a Greek organization also means additional fees, extra commitments and activities,…

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If You Don’t Ask The Question, The Answer Is Always No

If You Don’t Ask the Question, The Answer Is Always No

I just explained this quote to my 9-year-old son.  He was puzzled.  What does that quote mean and why should he care? I think it’s an important life lesson; don’t you? It's Always Best to Ask We all have moments where we wish we had asked a question.  For instance, I learned the hard way that I would never get a discount for auto services if I didn’t ask.  I now ask EVERY single time if there is anything that…

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College Safety: How To Stay Safe On Campus

College Safety: How to Stay Safe on Campus

Many college students are simply unaware that they must look out for their own safety and security at college.  This may be the first time that they are away from home without a family member or close friend to look after them.  They must get used to new ways of doing things, a new place and a new schedule which may leave them walking around unfamiliar areas at odd times of the day and night. I always suggest that students find…

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Are You Thinking Of Transferring?

Are You Thinking of Transferring?

Most college first-years start their falls with lots of mixed emotions.  There’s the excitement of exploring a new place, the fear of being accepted by new people, the peace of starting with a fresh clean academic slate, and the sadness of leaving friends and family.  As the year progresses, many first-years wonder if they made the best choice.  This feeling is normal.  Most students have this question at some point or another.  Some may think of it more often than…

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Getting Along With Your New College Roommate

Getting Along With Your New College Roommate

  My College Planning Team's President, co-founder and Academic Team leader, Stephanie Kennedy, discusses important tips for getting along with your new college roommate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOEgkDkEZr0&t=7s Need Help With the College Planning - Including Adjusting to College Life and Having a New College Roommate? My College Planning Team's Academic Team can assist your student with all aspects of the college search, application and selection process. Contact Stephanie Kennedy for more information or click here to schedule a free consultation. My College Planning…

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College Stress, Anxiety And Depression

College Stress, Anxiety and Depression

  This is the time of your life. Your future is bright. You have everything to look forward to. And, everyone seems to want to hear that you are having an incredibly awesome semester. You do not want to disappoint your family. But, your roommate is annoying. Your friends really don't "get" you. Classes are much harder than you ever imagined. And that history prof is wacked. You do not feel like yourself. In fact, you feel like you are…

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Letting Go And Staying Connected: How To Parent Your College Student

Letting Go and Staying Connected: How to Parent Your College Student

Congratulations!  Join the club!  You are now the parent of a college student! For nearly two decades, we have raised our children, created opportunities for them, and served as their strongest supporter and advocate.  Now, they are off to college, where they are immersed in vast sea of opportunities in the company of mostly strangers.  We are wondering how to stay connected to our young adults. Letting Go Can Be Hard to Do We have written the check, said our…

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Budgeting For College

Budgeting for College

  There’s quite a bit more to paying for college than just tuition. It’s the fact that most of the other expenses can vary so wildly that makes budgeting for college so tricky. Will your student live in the dorms? Will they go on a meal plan? As is the case with most other aspects of college, how you budget is largely dictated by your personal circumstances. Be that as it may, there are tips and tricks that just about everyone can use to save…

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Enjoying Thanksgiving Break With Your Visiting College Student

Enjoying Thanksgiving Break With Your Visiting College Student

Thanksgiving break can be such a wonderful time for parents and their returning college students. While parents simply look forward to having their child at home, students cannot wait to catch up with friends, gorge on home cooking, and relax in the comforts of home. As you plan the visit, I encourage parents to expect changes in their student’s tastes, behaviors, and routines. It is important to keep in mind that your child has been living an independent life for…

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10 Points To Help Your Child Get The Most Out Of College

10 Points to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of College

Today's blog features our guest blogger, Dr. Joel Ingersoll, of Take On College, Inc.  Dr. Joel shares the My College Planning Team philosophy and mission of helping students maximize the college experience. In this blog, he shares his professional advice to parents in helping their college students create a healthy, confident transition!   Now that summer gone and we are into the fall semester, much has been written about preparing college students for the upcoming semester.  You've likely read numerous college survival lists noting…

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