Having gone away to college for the first time over two decades ago, I can
appreciate how things have changed for the better. Although I relished my first
taste of independence, especially without email or texting to tie me to home
(and when long-distance calling was cost-prohibitive on a tight budget), I also
made more mistakes than I would like to admit and wasted a lot more money than I
should have - not on frivolous items, but in taking too many unnecessary courses
(I didn't even realize I had an academic adviser until I was well into my
sophomore year). My mom dropped me off and wished me well, and that was it; I
think we had less than one phone call per month, too. Glad there are more
resources to help acclimate first-year students who, no matter how they view
themselves, are generally a long way away from being mature adults.
As a parent I have a message for the college. Focus on your job. Give accurate
information through you counselors. Improve the quality of your teaching.
Don't feel like you need to increase tuition every time more student loan
money becomes available. Try and remember that it's called a "four
Utah Native: "...first-year students who, no matter how they view
themselves, are generally a long way away from being mature adults." Bingo.
Yet they are allowed to vote for our nation's elected officials. I worked
for an attorney who, when he drew up wills for clients, recommended NEVER
leaving any large sums of money to “children” until at least age 25,
or it would be utterly wasted. The voting age must be changed back to 21, if
"When a child leaves for college: Parents must learn to let go"The very title defines the problem. The time for parents to let go is far,
far before they are in College.Don't coddle them in middle
school, teach them to get a job and be independent in High School. Let them
take a short road trip. Let them stay overnight with trusted friends.Send them off to scout camp without sending Dad along. Send them to EFY and
don't text them 15 times a day.Parents create the problem
themselves. If they didn't, there would not be a need to spend resources
in trying to cure their "johnny addiction".
Sorry lasvegaspam, but IMO if these young people can go off to fight and die for
our country, they should get the right to vote.
Lasvegaspam,IMO, people without a HS degree, or who are on the dole,
should not be able to vote. The dole creates a conflict of interest.We'd have more competent leadership.