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The course of 2017 Moves In! Bike racks are all occupied. Lines are a bit that is little again to have food. Books are being bought. Tools are put away and summer construction has dwindled down (well, the majority of it). Cars filled up with boxes of clothes and school supplies are being directed around campus to halls that are residential. Going carts, student ID cards, and eleventh hour trips to Target; folks, its officially Move-In time.
I was overwhelmed by the energy of the campus as I was walking the campus to take some pictures. Often I forget that I work at a university campus filled with dreamers, innovators, and future worldwide leaders. I found myself just taking it all in while smiling at pupils and parents I have never met before. ( It might happen only a little weird, but hey, I was caught in an instant). Suddenly, I wished to travel back in time, go back in to college and experience this all over again!
Yesterday morning, I saw the look of excitement and awe on the faces of first-year students as they were entering their dorms for the time that is first. Subsequently, we sensed a great amount of pride and a little bit of hesitation from parents because they struggled to allow their young ones go. It is obvious that this brief moment is just a milestone in all of these lives. Students look ahead to their next four years at USC and wonder at every one of the opportunities it could bring, while parents feel a sense of success because they were somewhat accountable for getting their kids to college. With all of these thoughts swirling on campus, i could see why there were so hugs that are many around.
throughout the convocation that is welcome, speakers endured in front side for the incoming class of 2017 and provided advice on how to take advantage of their hours only at USC. I’d like to reiterate what Professor Harkness, from the Dornsife university, said during her speech: show up. It is not as easy as it appears you would have been a better human being the sooner you are able to exercise it in your own life. Towards the incoming that is new at USC and current kids; I challenge you to be present. Be there in your classes. Be present in your conversations. Be present when you do your homework. Be present once you’re meeting new people. Be present when you write your statements that are personal. Be present when you study for the AP/IB tests. Be present when you take the tests. Be present whenever you ask her/him out. Be contained in conflict. Be present in new challenges. Be present in all of your experiences that are new adventures. Take it all in. Be present!

Hey Parents! Listen Up!

Parents play an important role in the entire college process. Often times, parents help subsidize some, if not all, of attending an university or college, and so are always there to ask those specific ‘parent’ questions that you as students can’t be bothered with (actually mother, did you need to inquire of the tour guide when the last meningitis outbreak was?)

Nonetheless, there are circumstances where parents must have a back seat and allow their sons and daughters to ask the difficult questions. Right Here, we now have a compiled a listing of ‘dos and donts’ about parenting throughout the college search and application process:

Do assist your son or child know very well what they want for in a college, reminding them to consider location, size, academic programs, cost/financial aid, etc. Finding a good fit for your certain wants and requirements is more important than the cachet of the name.

Don’t gather most of the information for them! Allow them to get hold of admission counselors and find out the information that is relevant themselves. After all, they’ll be in college somewhere soon enough, and it’s also important which they learn to navigate the process themselves.

Do encourage your sons and daughters to check out college campuses, and come with them on those tours! The best way to become familiar with a college or university is result in the visit to campus.

Don’t check your sons and daughters in for campus trips, interviews, receptions, etc. Allow them do so! This shows us that they are mature and independent.

Do remind your sons and daughters that not receiving in to their first choice school might seem such as the end associated with the world at that minute, but that things work out and that they will be successful wherever they’re going so long as they strive. And, encourage them to transfer if that organization remains at the top of these list even after enrolling somewhere else.

Don’t fill down their applications for them! We could tell also it reflects poorly on the applicant. We understand that these are young adults using and expect their applications to share their voice that is true and.

So the moral is: find a stability. Realize that your child is about to attempt a life-changing journey and that starting to simply take ownership of the college application procedure is a good jumping off point. But, also rest assured that we are here to answer those tough ‘parent’ questions, even when they involve where you should send the care package.