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You don’t stop parenting the day you drop your student off to college on Move-in Day. Your role simply changes. (Actually, it’s not simple at all, but it changes.) You’re a parent for life. Join Lynn Abrahams and Vicki Nelson, higher education professionals and former college parents, as they explore the topics that can help you be a more effective and supportive parent to your college bound student. Whether you already have a child in college, college is still a year or more away, or your student is about to step out, start now to gather the information that empowers you to be an effective college success coach to your student.

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United States

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You don’t stop parenting the day you drop your student off to college on Move-in Day. Your role simply changes. (Actually, it’s not simple at all, but it changes.) You’re a parent for life. Join Lynn Abrahams and Vicki Nelson, higher education professionals and former college parents, as they explore the topics that can help you be a more effective and supportive parent to your college bound student. Whether you already have a child in college, college is still a year or more away, or your student is about to step out, start now to gather the information that empowers you to be an effective college success coach to your student.

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English


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#115 – Zooming Out on the College Experience: Taking the Long (and Wide) View

7/17/2024
Preparing for and transitioning into the first year of college involves so many, many details, and it’s easy to get caught up in just getting through what needs to be done. Then the college experience can be taken over by the day-to-day details of classes, assignments, GPA, activities, friends, schedules, career planning and just surviving. While we all know it’s good advice to live in the moment, sometimes it can also help to take a breath, zoom out a bit, and look at the bigger picture. In this episode, Lynn and Vicki suggest why it’s important for your student (and you) to take some time to take a look backward, to look more widely at those experiences available now, and to look forward to the future. Changes of perspective can be illuminating for all of us (And yes, that includes parents!). Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:37:10

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#114 Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable: A Conversation with Author Harlan Cohen

7/3/2024
Vicki and Elizabeth had a wide-ranging conversation with Harlan Cohen, college transition expert and author of The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into In College. Harlan shared why the transition to college can be so difficult and why finding your People, your Places, and having Patience can make a difference. Harlan encourages parents – and students – to understand that the first year of college, or at least the first semester, may be a terrible mess. Although that may not sound very positive, you’ll want to hear Harlan explain how that knowledge can be freeing and help students find their direction. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:58:20

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#113 – Talking About Tutoring: Who, When, and Why It Matters

6/19/2024
Talking about tutoring is a new topic for our podcast, but we are finding that college parenting begins earlier and earlier, and parents are making many early decisions with future college potential in mind. In this episode, Vicki was pleased to be able to have a conversation with Celine Bewsher, Owner/Manager of Club Z! Tutoring in Cambridge, MA. Celine shared her insights about how tutoring can help students succeed, not just by helping with a specific subject at a specific time, but by helping students master the skills that they’ll need in the future. Celine helped us understand why starting to work with a tutor early can pay off as students approach test prep and the greater demands of college classes. Whether or not your student could benefit from tutoring, this conversation with help you understand better how your student learns and how you can support them all the way through school. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:44:11

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#112 – Our Favorite Summer Reads

6/5/2024
This episode is sort-of an encore episode. Each year we do an episode where we share some of our favorite – and helpful – books for college parents. This year, we realized that many of the books that we’ve talked about over the past four years are still ones we recommend. So we’ve pulled together seven of our suggestions from past years and put them together in this episode. These books are truly some of our top recommendations. Happy listening – and then happy reading! Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:37:40

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#111 – What’s Next? No Longer “Almost” a College Student: the Job Starts Now!

5/15/2024
Once your student makes their final college decision and puts down that important deposit, they enter a new leg of the college journey. Sure, you know there will be lots of preparation work ahead – summer decisions, shopping, good-byes, packing – but your student may be thinking they’ll really become a college student at Move-in Day in the fall. Your student may still be a high school student, but the college knows there’s work to be done now. In this episode, Sarah and Vicki talk about your student’s strange mental place with one foot in each world and why it’s important for your student to begin to connect with the college soon after depositing. The work of being a college student starts now, in early summer, and Sarah and Vicki explain why and share what students, and their parents, should expect and why it matters. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:52:55

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#110 – A Guide to Your College Student’s Health: A Conversation with Dr. Jill Grimes the “College Doc”

5/1/2024
When our student heads off to college, we worry about a lot of things, and one of the primary concerns is our student’s health and well-being. We first interviewed Dr. Jill Grimes, often dubbed the “College Doc” because of her focus on the health of college aged students, back in Episode #024 in 2020, at the height of the Covid Pandemic. It was time to invite her back to hear what’s changed in the last 4 years and also to hear about what’s new in the 3rd edition of her book The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything from Hangovers to Homesickness. In this episode, in conversation with Vicki and Elizabeth, Dr. Grimes shares tips for preparing your student for doctor visits on their own, what paperwork your student and you should complete before they head off, and she helps us understand (so we can explain to our students) how today’s pills and weed are so different from those of a few years ago. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:55:02

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#109 – Encore Episode -The College Decision Dilemma: What Happens Once Those Admission Letters Arrive?

4/17/2024
Here’s an encore of an earlier podcast episode that we think is so important it deserves to be released again. If your student is making their decision right now, you may need to hear this. The college admission process begins earlier and earlier and sometimes seems to go on forever. When those highly anticipated acceptance letters begin to arrive, the process enters a new phase. The ball is now in your student’s court to make a decision. What is your role as a parent at this stage? In this episode Vicki and Lynn unpack some of the emotions and practical steps you and your student can take as your student looks for the school with the best “fit,” perhaps moves to their second choice of school, or copes with being on a Waitlist. As your student makes this final decision, everyone’s roles begin to shift. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:38:48

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#108 – A Conversation About Education, Parenting, and Race

4/3/2024
In this second crossover episode with a Facebook Live even hosted with cohost Elizabeth Hamblet, we were joined by Timothy L. Fields and Shereem Herndon-Brown, authors of The Black Family’s Guide to College Admissions now out in its second edition. Tim and Shereem shared how the book came to be, what’s new in the second edition, and touched on many topics including what makes a strong college essay, college choice and the college search process, and how and why parents can be drivers of the college admission process. You won’t want to miss this conversation. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:01:01:02

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#107 - Waiting to Fail: Holding on to Hope

3/20/2024
We recently received an email from a parent with a question. This mom was concerned that in spite of a number of supports, her son was struggling and not doing well. She could see far enough down the road to be fairly certain he was going to fail and she wondered whether failing was the only way he would realize that he needs to use his supports more fully. This mom wants to hold on to the hope that her son will come through - and she asks for some strategies to guide him. In this episode Vicki and Lynn do their best to share some of those strategies – along with some reassurance and hope. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:39:05

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#106 – Academic Advising Matters: What You Need to Know

3/6/2024
Vicki and Sarah spent some time recently at the Region 1 conference of NACADA - the National Advising Association. There's a lot to learn about how staff and faculty advisors work to guide your student throughout their college career. In this episode, Vicki and Sarah compare notes and share some of the themes that bubbled up at the conference. It may help you understand a little more about your student as you hear what some of the people who work with students every day had to say. The more you understand about how college academic advising works, the better you'll be able to understand some of your student's academic decisions. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:43:22

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#105 – Q & A on College Supports for Students with Learning Disabilities

2/21/2024
In this, our first crossover episode, we joined with Elizabeth Hamblet (one of our new cohosts) as she hosted a Facebook Live discussion with four guests who work in programs for students with disabilities - Brittany Cortinas of the University of Arizona's SALT Center, Ann-Marie Stripling of Focus Collegiate, Mary Sokolowski of College Internship Program, and Adam Lalor of Landmark College. Our panel shared information about how to evaluate what's right for your student and how different programs support students in various ways. Don't skip over this episode if your student does not have a disability or ADHD because there's lots of information about how to support your neuro-typical student as well. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:01:05:21

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#104 Meet the Team: Student Support Roles

2/7/2024
In this episode we’re “meeting the team” in two different ways. We introduce you to our new College Parent Central podcasting team as we are joined by new cohosts Elizabeth Hamblet and Sarah Shane, and we also reintroduce Vicki Nelson and Lynn Abrahams for new listeners. But we’re also talking about the team of people at most colleges who are there to support your student. With so many different support roles it’s easy to wonder who does what. We discuss the differences between academic advisors, success coordinators, tutors, disability services and learning disabilities developmental programs. We also break down how all of these roles differ from your student’s high school guidance counselor. This conversation will help you guide your student toward the college supports they need. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:55:26

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#103 – Encore Episode – Second Semester of College: The Transition No One Talks About

1/17/2024
The transition to second semester of college is so important – and often hidden – that we’ve decided to share this episode again. You and your student may be taken by surprise when the start of the second semester of college seems so difficult. In this episode, Vicki and Lynn explore why some students may experience the “second semester blues” and why some parents feel they need to increase their involvement. We share strategies you can use to calm your fears and help your student make the most of this fresh start. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:42:02

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#102 – Helping Students Develop Relationships with Professors Beyond the Classroom

1/3/2024
As a follow-up to our earlier episode on communicating with professors (#83), Lynn and Vicki explore some of the benefits of relationships with professors, what those relationships might look like, and how students might approach and work with faculty members outside of the classroom. We often assume many of these social skills are second nature and common sense, but post Covid, students may need help in developing these skills. Parents may be one of their student’s most valuable coaches. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:39:22

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#101 – What’s Ahead for College Parent Central?

12/6/2023
In this episode Vicki and Lynn take a look ahead to Season 5 of the podcast and describe some of the exciting changes we’re planning. We introduce two new co-hosts who will be joining the College Parent Central Podcast Team. Elizabeth Hamblet and Sarah Share will be adding their voices to the season ahead. We’re excited about exploring new topics and perspectives while continuing to provide the support for parents we’ve shared in the past four seasons. We also reviewed a few of the themes we may be talking about as we move forward. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:26:48

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#100 – Celebrating our 100th Episode: Reflecting on Four Seasons of the College Parent Central Podcast

11/15/2023
We’re 100 episodes in! Lynn and Vicki take some time to look back at some of our most popular episodes, some of our favorites, some trends and themes we’ve noticed, and what we’ve loved about getting together to create this podcast. We also take a look at some of the themes we think might surface for college students and parents in the future – and there’s more to come about that in our next episode. Stay tuned! Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:44:21

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#099 – Navigating College Financial Decisions: An Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Ron Lieber

11/1/2023
Vicki and Lynn spent this episode in conversation with Ron Lieber author of The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make. Ron helped us unpack how complicated the financial aid system is and how crucial it is to understand how it works. The Price You Pay for College examines how our feelings and our ideas about success affect the choices we make about what we are willing to pay for college. Ron also shared information about his new course for families that helps them understand and navigate college Merit Aid. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:42:05

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#098 – College Lingo – Can You Talk the Talk? – Part 3

10/18/2023
So many mysterious terms and acronyms to understand when your student heads off to college! In this third College Lingo installment Vicki and Lynn define and discuss several of the insider terms that colleges use that may not be clear to parents. We cover topics from Disability Services and Priority Registration to Satisfactory Academic Progress, Minors, the College Catalog, and the Clery Act. We’re only scratching the surface of this new language, but it should get you started being able to understand and Talk the Talk. (Hear the first and second College Lingo in episodes #047 and #057.) Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:44:48

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#097 – Why Do Students Have Trouble Asking for the Help They Need?

10/4/2023
It’s natural for students to struggle with college work. The problem we see isn’t the struggle or challenge, it is that students don’t always ask for the help they need. Colleges work hard to make sure students know about the resources available, so why don’t more students make use of them? In this episode, Lynn and Vicki explore some of the reasons students may be reluctant to get help and how parents can encourage their student to recognize and advocate for what they need. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:41:49

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#096 - Parenting Through the College Calendar

9/20/2023
In this episode Lynn and Vicki took a tour through the college calendar. We focused on several of the touchpoints students experience throughout the year. We highlighted conversations to have with your student at the important milestones in each semester. Understanding what is happening for your student will help parents provide the support needed at just the right time. Thank you for listening! College Parent CentralSign up for our newsletterPlease leave us a review at “Love the Podcast”

Duration:00:52:43