It’s that time of year again, when parents of new students begin to think about the transition to college. Al Friedman, parent of Sam 06F and Rachel F09, compiled lots of advice from his and his kids’ experiences and from other families who’ve contributed to this discussion before. This week, comments on housing/move-in are posted below. Additional information from the College is italicized.
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Speaking of self-advocating – I remember years ago going to an event at our public high school focused on college for kids with special needs. The speaker identified schools with support services for students with various learning disabilities, and discussed strategies involving private tutoring to help kids cope with the complexities of getting through the college curriculum. My big takeaway was the importance of teaching kids to self-advocate. Duh.
One of our non-Hampshire sons was able to pull this off, though not without difficulty. Always a year ahead in math, it was always clear to him and to us that math was not his favorite. He simply had found himself on this math up escalator in fifth grade, and didn’t hop off.
His college assigned him to what I would describe as a “first year math genius” class. He flailed and flailed. It was a blow to his sense of self-worth and to his GPA. Yet he found the school’s tutoring program, explained the situation to the professor, and made good use of office hours.
Somewhere along the way he mentioned the whole situation to his parents.
His final grade still was not great (I assume–with gradeless Reed and Hampshire in our DNA we don’t ask) but thank God he figured out where the resources were and took advantage of them.
Do you know about CASA (the Center for Academic Support and Advising) at Hampshire? Have you come across the procrastination apps? Finish is one that is now free. Any other suggestions to help students learn to self-advocate?
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