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Navigating the College Search for Student with Celiac Disease and Food Allergies

Transitioning from home-cooked meals to college dining can pose serious challenges to students with medically-restricted diets and/or food allergies. Navigating college dining can also be an arduous process. Many colleges require purchasing a meal plan, but they are not always transparent about where the food is coming from, whether the dining halls are safely equipped to serve all students, or if the dining staff is trained to accommodate students’ dietary needs. As

Freshman Survival Guide by Bill McGarvey and Nora Bradbury-Haehl Book Review

My freshman year is clear as day: I pulled up to my campus with my mom and two suitcases ready for whatever was ahead of me and then…it went exactly like nothing I could have planned for. College, especially the fall of my freshman year, was a different kind of growth spurt. I struggled to fit in and while most of my friends were older, I couldn’t seem to socialize with those who were outside my door. I kept to myself, befriended my RA, and kept my head down. I didn’t embrace extracurriculars

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Feeling Lonely? Five Tips for College Freshmen

If you are among the college freshmen who have transitioned to a campus, you probably just finished a whirlwind of orientation activities, settled into your room, and perhaps attended a few classes, or had some interactions with the other students in your hall. You have probably met a few nice people—but likely it doesn’t feel the same as it does with your high school friends— maybe it’s not even close. Here are a few points to keep in mind:

  1. Give it Time. Chances are you spent years

College Parents and the Post Drop-Off Blues

In the past few weeks, eager college freshmen and their parents packed boxes for shipping or loading into the trunk of the car. There was most likely a trip to Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond for dorm essentials, or possibly to REI for pre-orientation wilderness trip gear. Inevitably, moms or dads shed some tears while saying goodbye to their college matriculant—or on the long drive home where they could veil their tears.

Some parents are surprised at the depth of the sadness they…

How to Access Accommodations in College

If you are a senior, you have recently made a big decision and placed a deposit at the college of your choice. Now it’s time to plan for your transition to college. If you have received support or accommodations during high school for a learning difference, or health or physical disability, here are the steps you should take:

  1. Visit the college website and find the page for academic support services or disability services. There you will find specific instructions for how to access

The Post Drop-Off Blues

The transition to college looks different this year for many families with some students learning remotely from home and others heading to campus. If you are among those parents who brought students to a college campus, you may be worried about their safety given Covid-19, and also just missing them.  Inevitably, some moms and dads shed a few tears while saying goodbye to their college matriculant—or on the long drive home. 

Some parents are surprised at the depth of the sadness…

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High School Senior FAQs

Between now and May 1 (or June 1 for colleges who have extended), high school seniors are trying to decide among their many college acceptances. Here is a list of frequently asked questions from college-bound seniors that may help you as you think about your college options.

Q: I was accepted into my second choice college at my favorite university. Should I matriculate and try to transfer into my college of choice once I am an enrolled student or is this too risky?

The first step is…

After the Acceptance Letter: The Transition to College

H. Potter is the name over the door at Bard College! There are many options for housing in college from themes to learning communities, maybe even some wizardry!

Now that you have sorted through the acceptance letters, weighed the pros and cons of each college, and decided where you want to go, you might think that everything is set until you move to college in August. While you should definitely take time to savor your accomplishments and to enjoy your summer, there are also some…

5 Tips For Getting the Most Out of Admitted Student Events

Welcome to the driver’s seat! After months of waiting to learn where you would be accepted, the tables have turned and YOU are now the decision maker. Where to start? Accepted seniors are often invited to admitted student events, which are great opportunities to learn more about the schools you are considering. Here are 5 tips to make sure you get the most benefit out of these events:

Admitted Students’ Day is a chance to take a close look at the college or university.

1. Take

Great Advice From Recent College Freshmen

It’s summer and college freshmen who made it through their first year of college have plenty of wisdom to share. Here are some insights from two former clients about their first year of college.

What advice do you have for graduated high school seniors about choosing first-year courses?

“It is extremely helpful to get advice from academic advisors,” said Maya, a Brandeis University student. “I have met with three different advisors to get input about what my schedule should …

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