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32.6% of college students felt so depressed that it was difficult to function over the past 12 months (source: ACHA-NCHA)
66.6% admitted feeling lonely or homesick during their first year in college (source: HERI, UCLA)
1 in 4 first year students will not return to the same school sophomore year (source: ACT inc)
OVERVIEW: For most high school students and their parents, college planning is all about search and selection. It’s about getting the best grades so you can get into the best college. But there is a third part of college planning that is rarely addressed. It’s the most critical predictor of student success or failure—the TRANSITION to life in college. TRANSITION is the time from committing to a school to the end of a student’s first year in college. It’s emotional, it’s intense, and millions of students have no idea what’s coming. New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen (The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other issues You Might Run Into in College and The Naked Roommate for Parents Only!) helps students and parents prepare for the transition to life in college. Harlan uses facts, stats, and essential information EVERY parent needs to know before their son or daughter steps foot on campus.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Today’s college parents are first responders, but most of them don’t know how to respond. As a result, they’ve been called helicopter parents, lawnmower parents, and even fighter jet parents. Harlan Cohen, bestselling author of the #1 book on college life calls them the most loving and supportive parents in the world. The problem isn’t that today’s parents want to be involved, it’s that most parents don’t know how to be involved in a way that will support, help, and guide their students during this time of transition. As a result, too many parents overpower their children rather than empowering them.
Harlan Cohen, New York Times bestselling author of The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only! helps parents know how to respond. Harlan takes the best from his books and research to help parents get comfortable with the uncomfortable. He offers parents strategies, advice, and valuable tips to support and guide their children. This interactive, engaging, and entertaining event gives parents everything they need to know to help their children navigate the transition ahead. Every show is customized to fit the community Harlan is addressing. He even answers text message questions LIVE during the event.
TOPICS: The first year experience, navigating change, life in the classroom, life outside the classroom, commuting, homesickness, roommates, relationships, parent issues, sex, no sex, drinking, drugs, diversity, social networking, body image, safety, sexual assault, mental health, and the issues that are most important to your community.
AUDIENCE: College students, high school students, residence life staff, Greeks, professionals, parents, and anyone working with college students.
LENGTH: 60-90 minutes
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