Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Advice for New Grads

I've been thinking about what I need to make sure B. has accomplished before he heads off to college. Here's the list so far:
  1. Get driver's license. He's a good driver; he just needs to get that precious piece of paper.
  2. Talk to his bank about his "high school" account at chase. What happens to that?  Does it become independent of us at age 18?  Will we still be able to transfer funds to it from our account?
  3. Plan strategy for Ross: look at application, courses, clubs/activities; think about targeting professors for recommendations.
  4. See doctor and dentist.
Here's some advice for when he gets to college:
  1. Alcohol will undoubtedly play a part in your college life. But don’t let it become your life. Drinking too much too often can affect your grades, your health, your friends and family, your future. There's more to being social than being wasted. Believe in moderation.
  2. Wondering if you chose the right school? Read this open letter to the 2015 HS class on this topic.
  3. Homesick? Remember the pros and cons of attending college far away from home.
  4. Feeling bummed but not sure why or what to do about it? Know that you're not alone; approximately 30% of U.S. college students report experiencing symptoms of depression, many of them for the first time. Here's some info about depression during the college years.
And four years from now, these might come in handy:
  1. 86 Amazing Meals You Can Make For $5 or Less
  2. Real Simple: Adulthood Made Easy (a series of podcasts)
I've also been thinking about what I really want for my kids when they are grown up. I want them both to be happy, independent, kind, loving, generous, and compassionate adults. I hope that they can find a way to be responsible, but still find time to be joyful and impulsive. Perhaps most of all, I want them to find a way to pursue their passions so that their lives are meaningful. 

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