Monday, February 22, 2010

College Orientation: Parents' Day

Soon the next wave of freshmen and their parents will hit your campus. Orientation is your chance to dispel fears, provide valuable information, and set the ground rules for students and parents. The authors of Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years have heard and seen it all--making them a powerful resource.

Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, veterans of Washington University, speak at orientation programs throughout the country--giving parents compassionate and practical advice on the emotional and social changes of the college years. They let parents know:

  • When they should encourage independence
  • When they should 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

You can use their free workshop guide--or you can invite the authors to speak on your campus. Plus, you can send parents this free audio--which will get them ready to let go.

If you'd like to insert brochures for Letting Go into your welcome bag for parents--please let us know how many and where to send, and we'll get them to you as quickly as possible.

And, you'll find more resources for your freshman class in our Books for the First-Year Student catalog.

Good luck--and let us know if we can be of assistance.

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