We can’t believe spring is already here and that it is time to write our final E-Newsletter. We’re sure that the time has passed even faster for you and your family. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for such a wonderful year. We can remember many of the Class I students as ninth graders in our HHC classes or on our teams, and it has been fun seeing them grow over these past four years. We feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with them in their final year at Nobles. We also wanted to thank the Senior Parent Representatives, Lori Giandomenico, Amy McLaughlin-Hatch and Yvette Shakespeare, for all of their work and planning this year.
It was great to see many of you at the Parent Event on Tuesday, April 26, where Dr. Kadison from Harvard University’s Mental Health Services came to Nobles to speak about the important transition you and your seniors will go through this spring, summer and into next fall. We hope that you found his advice useful and will be able to use it in the months ahead. We included some reading material on transitions at the end of this note that you might find useful. Additionally, if you were able to attend, we would love to hear any suggestions you may have about how we might improve the event for next year.
As we head into the homestretch, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about anything that is happening on campus. This time of year is jam packed, so it might not hurt to double check the calendar as well as the letter from Bob Henderson, and check in with your senior(s) and us.
Whether it may be a casual conversation in the Alcoves, a quick coffee trip or a walk down to the MAC, we look forward to spending the remaining few weeks with this group. Each member of this class has accomplished so much during his/her time at Nobles and given so much to the Nobles community. Now it is time to celebrate! Congratulations to you and your senior(s)!
Meghan Cleary Hamilton and Nahyon Lee
College of the Overwhelmed by Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo (Jossey-Bass, 2004). Dr. Kadison, one of the co-authors of this book, was our guest speaker for Transitions Night. The book discusses mental health concerns on campus and outlines stresses that college students can face. They give suggestions for parents and students on coping mechanisms, as well as tips for parents on how to help their children with the college life.
Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller (St. Martin's Griffin, 2000).
Written by two women involved with parent programs at Cornell, this book touches on virtually everything from the summer before first-year to post-college planning. The format consists of pairs of hypothetical conversations between parent and child on an issue: the first disastrous, the second, based on the principles the authors espouse, more effective.
Getting the Best Out of College: A Professor, a Dean and a Student Tell You How to Maximize Your Experience by Peter Feaver, Sue Wasiolek, and Anne Crossman
Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger (Harper Perennial, 1997). A slightly dated but still useful summary of the psychology of late adolescence followed by practical tips drawn from students and parents from a number of colleges.
Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds by Richard J. Light (Harvard, 2001). A fascinating and highly readable account of the results of a project at Harvard in which students were asked what had been most useful to them in their college careers.
Transition Year: Your Source for Emotional Health at College. New online resource that helps students and parents focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition. Includes articles, resources and various checklists.
When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents Survival Guide by Carol Barkin (Avon Books, 1999) A straightforward look at the issues, from the "Summer of Anticipation" to "Advice from a College Senior."