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How Has COVID-19 Impacted College Students?

July 18, 2021

In March 2020, all sectors of business and life in the United States and around the world were disrupted. COVID-19 abruptly and consistently changed how we all conduct our day-to-day lives, and this…

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Five Colossal Mistakes to Avoid When Dorm Shopping

May 13, 2021

If you are on this site, it is somewhat likely that you are, like me, a planner. You love checklists, crossing off items on to do lists, ensuring others are crossing items off…

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The Best-Kept Secret for New College Parents

May 10, 2021

If you’re here at SummerBeforeCollege, I know you’re all about being on top of things as you help your freshman prepare for college move in day. After all, you’re spending some of your…

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Overcoming Summer Before College “Last Time” Anxiety

May 5, 2021

One phenomenon that you may experience during your child’s “last summer at home” is the dreaded “this is the last time” anxiety. I’ll just get it out there–I had it b-a-d. In many…

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How to Blow Past Post-Graduation Letdown

May 4, 2021

Well, graduation is over. It is not unusual to feel mixed emotions. For one thing, the build-up has been for 12 long years. Yeah, that’s a long time. If you’re like many parents,…

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Alert! What to Do Immediately After High School Graduation

May 1, 2021

Congratulations! Your kid just graduated high school and is heading to college this fall. What now?

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Money Management Tips Every College Freshman Should Know

May 1, 2021

In the flurry of packing for the dorms, coordinating with new roomies, and shoring up emotionally, one item that can sometimes get lost in the shuffle is money management for your college freshman.…

College Roommate Challenges

November 2, 2020

My Kid Has a Terrible Roommate! As the mother of a college student and the creator of this site, I spend a fair amount of time on college parent websites, Facebook groups and…

Keeping it Real: Freshman College Move-in Day

July 14, 2020

It is starting to get real, people: college move in day is roughly 40 days away for most of us. I know–40 days?!?! It will fly by so I thought this was a…

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When You Care More About Packing For College Than Your Kid

July 12, 2020

If you are the mother of a college freshman (or father, but in my experience, moms do the lion’s share of the college packing checklists), you might be nervously eyeing the calendar. After…

What Are the Easiest College Majors?

February 24, 2020

By the time you’ve finished high school, everyone is expecting you to have it all figured out. But if you’re not sure what major you’re going to choose, their questions will probably make…

What Are the Best College Majors? You Might Be Surprised

February 24, 2020

What are the Best College Majors? You Might be Surprised Some people have known what they want to be since they were four years old. Others stand in panic in front of their…

What are the Hardest College Majors?

February 24, 2020

You can’t have a college degree without putting some amount of work into it, that’s a fact of life. But a conversation about which college major is the hardest can quickly turn competitive.…

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What Does it Mean to Double Major in College?

February 1, 2020

As it turns out, you can have more than one major in college: this is commonly called a double major.  Students pursuing a double major are required to complete two sets of degree…

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College Students and their Health

September 13, 2019

Parents, we’re moving through September and I would wager money that at least some of you (**raises own hand) have heard from your student that they’ve gotten sick.  It’s really no surprise and…

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Best Survival Advice for Sending Your Kid to College

May 17, 2019

How can this little toddler be off at college already? My baby girl, all grown up in her senior picture! Sniff. Welcome to Summer Before College! If you are here you are either…

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