It is hard to believe that the end of the year is nearly upon us. Senior “spring” has finally lived up to its promise, and we now often see seniors outside on the Beach playing hackey sack, tossing a frisbee, or just sitting on the benches, as they enjoy their last month together at Nobles. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the encouragement that you have provided your student. As class deans, we do our best to keep a pulse on the well-being of every senior, but we recognize that we are no replacement for the love and support that our students receive at home. This senior class has truly left an indelible mark on the Nobles community and will be remembered fondly by both students and faculty.
While the year was full of many highlights, we especially appreciated the students’ engagement with the two inaugural senior transitions nights. After a successful event in the fall led by Katie Koestner, an expert on sexual assault and drugs and alcohol abuse, we recently hosted the second transitions evening in which students took a series of workshops related to the college experience. All students took a Finance and Budgeting workshop and then were offered a choice of other workshops, including Partner Dancing, Self-Defense, Health and Fitness, and an introduction to CPR. All of the faculty who taught these workshops were so impressed by the seniors’ enthusiasm, a testament to the character of the class. Don’t be surprised if your senior becomes a superstar on the dance floor at the next family event!
As we head into the final weeks, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about anything that is happening on campus. This time of year is jammed packed, so it might not hurt to double check the calendar and check in with your student. If you are interested, we have included a list of books at the end of this letter that parents have found insightful as their student transitions to college.
At the beginning of the year, the seniors chose the motto “All in Th15 Together.” It is this spirit that has defined the class and has enabled them to leave a long-lasting legacy on the school. We feel honored to work with this amazing group of students and look forward to spending time with them during our last few weeks together. Congratulations to you and your senior!
Meg Hamilton and Mike Kalin
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.