Most parents feel ill-prepared to guide their students through the ever-changing college admissions process. The process is much more competitive and complicated than it was when parents were applying. Even when parents have excellent, open communication with their teenager – which we all know to be the exception, not the rule – it is virtually impossible for those who are not in the business of college admissions to understand all they need to know. If your student is lucky
Here are five nuggets of advice for students who are heading off to college for the first time. These come from personal experience. 1. College is entirely different from the life you have always known. Don't kid yourself: high school has prepared you somewhat (but not that much) for the rigors of the college classroom, but it did NOT prepare you for the college environment. Perhaps the biggest struggle is time management. You haven't had this kind of unscheduled time before.