Dear Class I Parents,
It’s May and it finally feels like spring outside (kind of). I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for such a wonderful year. I can remember many of the seniors as ninth graders in HHC and it has been fun seeing them grow over these past four years. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with them in their final year at Nobles. They set out determined to have a great year and I think they have lived up to their goals. As demonstrated by the Class I Pre-Prom party a few weeks ago, this is a cohesive group that really cares about one another, and their positive energy has set a great tone all year long.
This class’ success is due in large part to you and all of your support. In particular, I wanted to thank the Senior Parent Representatives, Beth Schlager, Addie Swartz, and Hillary vonSchroeter for all of their work and planning this year.
As we head into the homestretch, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about everything that is happening on campus. This time of year is jammed 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). Please remind your son/daughter to check email regularly, as there may be last minute changes to plans.
Though it seems like a long way off, your student’s transition to college is just around the corner. Over the years, we have collected a reading list of books that discuss a various aspects of the college transition for students and parents. We offer these titles below with a little description. We hope you find some of these resources helpful!
Whether it may be a casual conversation in the alcoves or a walk down to the MAC, I look forward to spending the remaining few weeks with this group. Each member of this class has accomplished so much during his/her time here and given so much to Nobles. We are extremely proud of how this Class I has led the Nobles community. Now it is time to celebrate! Congratulations to you and your senior(s)!
Meghan Cleary Hamilton
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."