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About this blog: I post articles to offer timely and substantive college admission guidance on important topics and issues. Originally from New York, I have a B.S. from Hunter College in NYC and advanced professional degrees from the University of... (More)
About this blog: I post articles to offer timely and substantive college admission guidance on important topics and issues. Originally from New York, I have a B.S. from Hunter College in NYC and advanced professional degrees from the University of Michigan. After working in project management for several years, I returned to the graduate school and earned my PhD at UCLA. Clearly I love education. In 2002 I slowly merged my solid understanding of higher education systems with my research and counseling skills and founded Doing College. I am passionate about helping students and their families navigate the increasingly complex college admission process, strategize ways to make college more affordable, and prepare strong, cohesive applications. I provide personalized guidance to college, transfer and graduate school applicants; my East Bay California business is augmented by on line consulting services, to convenience US and international students who live outside the local area. (Hide)
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What do you bring to college? Most parents of seniors know a great deal about the work and stress of college admissions: visiting schools, taking standardized tests, filling out applications and financial aid forms, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting for those acceptance letters to arrive.
But now that you have helped your senior get into college without becoming a helicopter parent, and hopefully, without losing your sanity, here is how to get your son or daughter ready for the freshman year at college without going broke because you purchase more stuff or the wrong stuff.
The following lists are my personal favorites because they do not come from a particular store or company:
1. Residence Hall Packing List
2. Personal Needs Packing List
3. School Supplies Packing List
And remember that it's always a great idea to use hand-me-downs or used items that still have value.
Happy shopping and good luck!
Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides college, transfer and graduate school applicants through the complex world of admissions. She develops best match college lists, offers personalized interview and essay coaching, and tools and strategies to help students tackle each step of the admissions process with confidence and success. Elizabeth helps students from all backgrounds to maximize merit and financial aid awards. Visit www.doingcollege.com; Call (925) 891-4491 or email at [email protected]