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College Send-Off Blues: 5 Tips for Making the College Transition Better (for Everyone!)

Kelly Ripa and College Advisors Give Tips to Help both Parents and Students

Denver, CO – WEBWIRE

This August nearly 20 million students will head off to college. It generates both excitement and anxiety.

“Transition depression, though not a clinical diagnosis, is a very real concern,” says Lindy Schneider, co-author of “College Secrets of Highly Successful People: Keys to Launching a Great Life.”

“However, the college send-off blues can be lessened by preparing for it,” adds co-author, Tom L. Schneider. During their many years advising parents and college-bound students and speaking to parent and teen groups they have compiled a list to help with the transition.

  1. Schedule Call Times. Oftentimes the 18-year-old has become their parents’ best friend. Saying goodbye can be extremely painful. Plan with your college student to call every Sunday afternoon at a certain time and limit your calls in between. This will give you the reassurance that you will stay connected while giving your child the space to build new friendships.

  2. Plan an After Send-Off Party. Sending your child to college means the loss of long-held friendships for you too. Unless you make plans to meet up with those parents you socialized with through the high school years you may never see them again. Plan an After Send-Off Party and schedule times to meet regularly.

  3. Communicate in Their Language. Many parents complain that communication with their child breaks down when they go to college. Technology is the language your college student prefers to use. Send an occasional text or Tweet with something your child will think is funny. Look up TED Talks and email one you really enjoyed, especially if it says something you wish you could say as eloquently. For more ideas, download the free ebook, How to Talk to Your Young Adult: Four Sneaky Strategies of Communication at

  4. Trust Yourself. Trust that you did all you could do to prepare your child for adulthood. You have handed off the baton to their relay race called life and now you get to watch what happens and cheer them on. In their book, College Secrets of Highly Successful People the Schneiders reveal the many ways that celebrities and CEOs went from being “just a college student” to millionaire. It will give your child the confidence and road map to be able to do it too.

  5. Do What Kelly Ripa is Planning! While being interviewed on Entertainment Tonight, Kelly Ripa talked about her daughter leaving for college this fall. When asked what she is going to do she said she will run through the house naked! That would distract anyone from the college send-off blues!

Lindy and Tom L. Schneider are coauthors of the Amazon bestseller, “College Secrets of Highly Successful People: Keys to Launching a Great Life.” They have been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and in many national publications. They are available for speaking engagements and interviews.

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