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5 things parents should talk to their kids about before college

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Students walk across the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Going to college is a rite of passage. It’s a big life change whether someone is living at home and attending a local college or going somewhere far away.

As families all over the country prepare their kids for this next stage of their lives, what kind of conversations should they be having?

History professor Claire Potter has been thinking about the topic from an educator’s point of view. “By September, one of the biggest topics for discussion — and one of the biggest gripes — among many college faculty will be how emotionally, and practically, underprepared many of your kids are for their freshman year,” she writes in a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

Fear not, Potter has created a checklist of topics parents should talk to their kids about. To listen to our interview with her, click on "Listen Now" to the left. 

What kind of advice would you give your kids who are going to college? What have you learned about the college experience that you would impart to your kids?  


Claire Bond Potter, Professor of History at The New School for Public Engagement and frequent contributor to the Chronicle and Higher Education

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