October 31, 2018
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Happy Halloween! As October comes to a close, we wanted to cover a couple scary but important topics: withdrawing from a course and choosing a major. Both these experiences can be stressful for students. How do you know if your student is making the best decision? What guidance can you provide? We cover it all below!

Also, be sure to check out our top 10 tips for how parents can become involved with their student’s college or university, both on and off campus. Your support matters!

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Should my student withdraw from a difficult course?

Students may confront an especially difficult course at any point in college. Maybe they saw it coming, or maybe they were taken by surprise around midterms. As with so many things on the college journey, your student needs to own the situation and decide how to approach the rest of the semester. You can help them make an informed choice. Read more.

Choosing a major – Advice to my kids

Is your student happy with the major they declared, or still trying to decide? Are they trying to accommodate themselves to a course of study that seems practical, but which doesn’t fit them? Marlene Kern Fischer shares personal reasons for giving the humanities a fair shot — especially if those are the subjects that line up best with your student’s talents and interests. Read more.

10 best ways for parents to stay involved

You may still be getting used to this new phase — where you follow the events of your student from a distance. After years of attending games and concerts, chaperoning field trips, and volunteering in classrooms, you wonder if it’s possible to feel that connection to their new world. There are many ways for you to connect with and support the college. Here are the Top 10!

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