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

#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

#HigherEdHero – Meet Stef Tschida

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

#HigherEdHero — Meet Bridget Hamak

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

#HigherEdHero — Meet Jessie Peck Martin, MEd

As an author of a book on parenting into and through the college years, I meet many folks in the higher ed biz. Several months ago, I was on a panel for a financial aid and admissions event where I met a college admissions coach named Jessie Peck Martin. I was so impressed by this articulate, informed and super intelligent woman.

Family Time

We did it! We managed to have in-person family time with our two adult children. Those of you with empty nests and adult kids know this is no small task. We raise them to be independent adults—to fly the nest and function in the real world. And then they do. They get jobs and friends and partners and lives independent

#HigherEdHero — Meet Kristi Okerlund

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

A Pledge of Resilience

Lately, the word “resilient” keeps popping up in conversation and in my social media feeds. Apparently, it is a hot topic across generations and across industries. I hear it from concerned parents asking how they can help their kids be more resilient. I hear it from young women who feel like they are crushed by adversity, and wanting guidance. I

Sun, Sand and Spring Break Realities

“Hi Mom! Hi Daddy! Guess what? I’m sooooo excited! My roommate’s brother got us a sweet deal on a hotel in Mexico for spring break. It’s super-cheap! Can I go?” Cancun. Aruba. Jamaica. Daytona Beach. In the midst of a long, cold winter, these warm-weather destinations sound like the perfect cure to the winter blahs, especially to stressed-out college students.