Having a child head to college
can be overwhelming for parents as well as students. College is more
complicated than ever before. Grade pressures…drug fears…extensive packing
lists…social pressures—it’s the best of times and the most frightening of times
for many new students and their parents. Enter Alison Leigh Cowan, former reporter
and editor for The New York Times and editor of the newly
updated and expanded How to Survive Your Freshman Year.
In this episode of the Bottom
Line Advocator Podcast, Alison and Bottom Line President Sarah Hiner help
parents understand their child’s experience at college and how to provide the
right level of support.
- Addressing the myths of the college experience
(2:45 – 5:40)
- How to handle choosing a major and exploring
different majors and taking risks (5:40 – 9:00)
- Dealing with grades and the college schooling
system (9:05 – 12:57)
- Students adapting to independence and separating
from their parents (13:04 – 16:53)
- Advice for those who don’t take the traditional
college route (17:00 – 19:08)
- How to handle having a job in college (19:08 –
- Time-management advice for students (19:52 –
- Communicating with parents (21:46 – 23:50)
- Dealing with roommates and finding friends
(23:51 – 30:55)
- Staying safe in college (drugs and alcohol,
Greek life, helpful apps, study aids, etc.) (30:58 – 45:40)
You can learn more about the
book, How to Survive Your Freshman Year, 6th ed., by clicking here.
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