3 thoughts on “5 Realities of College Life Every Parent Needs to Know

  • August 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    This article brings up a lot of talking points for parents with their college aged children. For parents its easy to forget what college life was like since it has been so many years, and so many things about the college experience are dramatically different for young adults today. “Study Drugs” being relatively new to the scene are an important topic to bring up to your children, as they can be extremely dangerous used without medical supervision, and many parents would not know to even broach the subject. It’s a good to be reminded of the extra pressure our children are facing in the academic world in order to have compassion for them and be a real source of support.

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  • August 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    As I was reading this article, I was hoping there would be some mention of mental health. I am so glad to see there was. My son developed severe obsessive-compulsive disorder toward the end of his freshman year in college and unfortunately that timing is not uncommon. He was completely debilitated. Thankfully his story is one of triumph and he is now a college graduate living life to the fullest. I have become an advocate for OCD awareness with the goal of spreading the word that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      I agree that mental health is often an overlooked aspect of challenges that students face. I’m glad it was brought up too.
      Thank you for sharing your experience with your son Janet, parental involvement and support can make the difference between a sad ending and a triumphant ending like your son’s.

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