Tips for Parents

Making the most of winter break

If your son or daughter is still on winter break, here are a few things to consider discussing before they return to campus: housing options for next Fall, their upcoming plans for Spring Break, and their internship possibilities for Summer.

1. Understanding Student Housing Options

While next Fall may seem far away, it is time to start discussing your student’s housing options. Preparation is key in this process. Before your student starts sorting through all of the apartments in her area (To start your search, click here), it’s a good idea to make sure she has a clear idea of what she is looking for. Use these questions to help your student think about what she wants.

  • Do you want an apartment or house?
  • Do you prefer furnished or unfurnished
  • How many bedrooms do you need?
  • How close to campus should you be?
  • Do you want to live in a quiet or busy neighborhood?
  • Are there occupancy restrictions in your area?

For more information to help your son or daughter find student housing, read Considering Off-Campus Housing.

2. Planning Spring Break

Spring break is right around the corner…how will they spend it? Will they want to hang out at home for the week or come along on a family vacation? Will they plan something on their own, and maybe tell us about it, or maybe not? The answer, of course, is all of the above. And if you’re feeling nervous about it, read one mom’s advice, What really happens on Spring Break, for helpful tips. When you’re ready, click here to book travel.

3. Finding Summer Internships

Securing an internship, especially one that comes with pay and prestige, is a highly competitive process. It can have a substantial influence on a student’s job prospects — more than GPA, more than choice of major. In a 2013 survey from Marketplace and The Chronicle of Higher Education, internships were cited as the most important thing employers look for when evaluating a recent college graduate. Here’s how to think strategically about internships.

High School Parents

If you’re the parent of a high school student, here are 5 things to complete in January:

❑  Submit applications with late due dates (Jan. 15th or after).

❑  Follow up with colleges to make sure all application materials were received.

❑  Check financial aid application deadlines (which vary by school).

❑  Research and apply for scholarships.

❑  Have mid-year grade reports sent to all schools you’ve applied to.

Click here to view our full To-Do List for Parents of High School Seniors

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