How to be a Great First-Year Roommate

Whether your student has shared a room with siblings or had their own space for their entire lives, living with a fellow student (or students) can be a huge adjustment. This week on our social media pages, we’re looking at what makes a great roommate, how to handle conflicts as they arise, and we’ll celebrate roomie wins. We’ve got a special guest

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Ashley Johnson

Welcome to #WonderWomanWednesday! Today you get to meet #RealLifeWonderWoman Ashley Johnson, a self-proclaimed “small town girl” who is a wife and mom to four children. Family is a huge priority in her life. She savors time with her kids (most days!) and keeps plenty busy with all of their varying activities. In addition, she’s from a close-knit family who supports

Move-In Day Madness!

What’s the strangest thing you’ll see on college move-in day? You won’t believe what we saw! Here’s a short excerpt from Chapter 7 of Out to Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage that talks about move-in day and the most unexpected thing we saw when we moved Brooke into her first dorm: There’s an emotional spectrum on

Garbage In=Garbage Out

There’s something on my to-do list that I’ve been dreading to do.  I’ve put it off for nearly a month, but today’s the day I must tackle it.  I must set up my brand new laptop computer. Just thinking about it gives me hives. You see, I’m a bit tech-challenged. Plus, I really like my current laptop. I’ve had it

#HigherEdHero — Meet Michelle Schmitz

While they might not scale tall buildings or catch villains, there are super heroes walking among us. These heroes use their powers to support and guide students and families through their high school and college years. They are creative, energetic, resilient, organized, empathetic, hard-working professionals who make a difference in the lives of those around them. As an author and

TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

“Adulting” is hard. As adults, we must prioritize and manage our time between our long list of professional (work or school), personal, family, and social commitments. This aspect of “adulting” can be especially challenging for first-year college students. Often living independently for the first time with freedom, flexibility and plenty of distractions, students can struggle to manage their time effectively.

Time Management Apps for Students

With multiple classes, a social calendar, and often a work schedule, students need a place to track assignments, deadlines, exam times, projects and other commitments or responsibilities. Before they head off to campus this fall, encourage your student to consider which time management tool will best suit their personality, learning style, lifestyle, and academic needs. Some students prefer a physical (as

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Helen Panos

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is also a #HigherEdHero! Helen Panos is an accomplished educator/instructional specialist with over 25 years experience in a public school system. Helen began her K-12 nationwide tutoring business, Dynamis Learning Academy, 5 years ago to help children reach their potential. How does she do it? She listens to what a parent needs and matches them with the right

#RealLifeWonderWoman Revisited–Catherine Brennan

If this week’s #RealLifeWonderWoman looks familiar to you, that may be because you’ve seen her here before. Right here, on my blog, back in December of 2019. I featured Catherine Brennan then, as she was launching her first book, So Now What? A Guide for People Who Feel Stuck. CLICK HERE to see my original interview with Catherine Since then,

Boxes, totes and biceps, oh my!

If you’ve noticed my bulging biceps of of 2021, it is not because I’ve been lifting weights at the gym. It is because I’m getting pretty good at lifting boxes. Lots of boxes.  In the past year, we moved both Marty’s mom and our daughter Brooke to new homes. And next week, we move our daughter Karen. If you’ve moved