Transition to College:

  • Summer jobs:  start applying early. 
  • On-campus college jobs:  Start your search over summer. Use campus website resources.
  • On-campus Federal Work-Study jobs:  Aim to apply for these through campus on-line job banks by the first or second week of classes as these tend to go fast.
  • Roommates:  Get acquainted with your roommate or roommates ASAP.  Compare what you'll be providing for your room.  Do you really need 2 refrigerators or 2 microwaves?
  • What to pack for college?


recommended readings for students and parents:

For Students: 
"The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College" by Harlan Cohen.  "Tips include: be yourself, lock your door, set boundaries with your roommate, don't drink too much and be sensitive to others' differences. Cohen tackles the ins and outs of residence halls, student organizations, friendships, dating, drugs and money-oh, and he considers classes, too, though with perhaps with less enthusiasm (and certainly fewer pages) than he devotes to sex."  This makes a great graduation gift.

For Parents: 
"Letting Go:  A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years" by Karen Levin Coburn.  "Letting Go is about what it feels like for parents when their kids go off to college.  They discuss the college-age child's search for identity, independence, and intimacy; and provide a year-by-year breakdown of what to expect.  Of special note is the focus on orientation and the freshman year, including the disorientation parents feel once the drop-off has been made."