Beginning to Build Critical "Adulting" Skills in High School:
It's More Than Learning to do Laundry
Sunday, March 6th, 2022
8:00 to 9:00pm
Zoom link will be provided by email. The event will be in Zoom meeting format, but if you would like to remain anonymous, please feel free to turn off your camera and use an alias.
Nothing in the college admissions process prepares high school graduates for the changes they will face as they transition from high school to living independently in college. Parents will finish this session with a list of critical life skills first-year students should master before leaving home (and tricks for teaching these skills). Some topics include: taking care of their physical and mental health; sharing a living space and communicating with peers across differences; new responsibilities for personal safety, eating, and sleeping routines; budgeting and money management; taking advantage of campus resources; professional communication; and handling stress without the “scaffolding” of home.
Andrea Malkin Brenner, PhD is a college transition educator and author who speaks frequently with high school students and parents on the challenges related to college transitions. She draws on her 25 years of experience as a college professor, as the creator and director of American University’s first-year experience program, and as the faculty director of the college’s University College program. Andrea has received multiple awards for her teaching and program design.
Andrea is the creator of the Talking College™ Card Deck, the original card deck of discussion prompts for college-bound students and is also co-author of How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There), a student-facing book that guides high school graduates through their transition to college.