The frigid temperatures over the last few weeks are finally disappearing, and senior spring will soon feel like more than an extended winter. Our students are excited to spend time together outdoors on the Beach, and the hacky sack and frisbee tossing have already begun. 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 students receive at home. As the 150th graduating class, the seniors have demonstrated the kind of integrity and leadership that have characterized Nobles students and alumni for generations.
While the year was full of many highlights, we especially appreciated the students’ engagement with our two 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 another 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, and Nutrition and Fitness. 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 “Good V16es.” They have worked hard to live up to the spirit of this motto this year, supporting each other in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in the theatre, and throughout all aspects of the school. Our hope is that they continue to strengthen this sense of camaraderie before graduation in June. We feel honored to work with this amazing group of seniors 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.
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 (HarperPerennial, 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.
When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent’s 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."