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community college prideSo, you’re going to community college.

Let me be the first to congratulate you on making an incredible decision! Yes, I know that “congrats” isn’t the most common response to sharing your community college decision, but it ought to be. Some of the most successful people of our time went to community college (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, and Walt Disney to name a few), and there is no reason why you shouldn’t feel like you are walking in the footsteps of giants. I want you to walk away from this article feeling excited and proud of yourself for making the decision to attend community college. I want you to know that you haven’t missed out on anything, you are not at a disadvantage, and a world of opportunity awaits you as a community college student.

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tips for first-gen college studentsI often have the chance to speak to parents whose children will soon embark on the path toward college. This can be a scary time no matter where the student comes from and especially if his or her parents have not had their own college experience. There is much to learn about the processes, the culture, and the financing of college and how to achieve the ultimate outcomes of a college career and a successful life after.

Try these tips that other parents have found interesting and useful:

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This month’s big NCAA tournament is the ultimate democratic sporting event—one where schools from the most humble of athletic origins get to strut and fret their hour upon the national stage and entertain visions of knocking off a Division I powerhouse or two before succumbing to an inevitable fate by the Round of 16.

The March mania also reminds us that the U.S. is the only country in the world where varsity athletics often play a huge—even defining—role in campus life and culture. Can you imagine undergrads at Oxford or Cambridge painting their faces in the appropriate shade of blue to cheer on their oarsmen in what the Brits refer to simply as “The Race”?

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how to succeed in college: starting second semester off rightAs you prepare to start the new term, you may be a bit nervous. You may be basking in the glow of a great last semester, or you may be filled with resolutions to do things differently and better. After all, it is the New Year.

As you begin to receive your syllabi, there are a few things you can do to ensure this semester is the best one yet. Remember to save each syllabus, and use it to accomplish the following:

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 For many families, Thanksgiving break is the first opportunity for students to come home since they left for college. But now that your kid has been living on their own for a while, things could seem a little different. Are you prepared? Learn what to expect with this excerpt from The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only by New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen.

college student home for thanksgivingThanksgiving break is a very exciting time for parents. Having your child home again is just about the most wonderful thing that could happen (that and actually cooking the turkey to perfection). There are so many things to do and so much catching up. There are meals to share, rooms to clean, light bulbs to change, computer issues to resolve, things to buy, stuff to rearrange, relatives to see, family outings to go on—there are so many things to do as a family and so little time to do it.

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