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Harlan Cohen

Harlan Cohen

Harlan Cohen is the author of The Naked Roommate series of books and is one of the most widely read and respected syndicated advice columnists for people in their teens and twenties. His column, "Help Me, Harlan!," is distributed by King Features Syndicate. Harlan regularly tours high school and college campuses giving presentations to students, professionals, and parents. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Follow Harlan on Twitter @HarlanCohen.


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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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Breathe deep. Smell it?

Homesickness, it’s in the air. If you’re a parent of a first-year college student, your kid might have caught it. Before helping your kid get through the homesickness, I want to congratulate you on winning. Yes, you won. Do a dance. Celebrate. Your kid misses your cooking, hugs, kisses, conversation, and love. In fact, your child is sick without it. Home is worth getting sick over. Congrats.

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tips for new college freshmenStarting college? Nervous? No? LIAR! If you’re just starting out at college and you’re not nervous, you’re likely in college denial. You should be nervous. Being nervous is a good thing. It’s like getting nervous just before going on a blind date, before taking the first step toward a 500-foot bungee jump, before the big drop leading to the twisting, looping, corkscrewing rollercoaster track.

College truly is a thrill ride, as you’ve likely been told. There will be big moments of intense elation and unexpected surprises (some good, some bad). Should you hit a patch on the downside that lasts longer than you expect, I’m here for you. The following list serves up tips to help remind you of what’s ahead. Call it a cheat sheet to enjoying the wild adventure awaiting you.

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This Valentine’s Day, many students are taking a break from long nights at the library for an evening with their college sweetheart. Those in long-distance relationships, however, might not be so lucky. Being away from a loved one during college can be difficult—but can it still work? Read on as Harlan Cohen discusses college love and LDR’s in this excerpt from the New York Times bestselling guide, The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College.

Can LDRs last through collegeLong-distance relationships (LDRs) in college have never been so cheap and easy—that is, with free long-distance, live streaming video, email, text, Twitter, Facebook, cheap flights, and weekend visits. But still, the emotional toll of not being hand in hand, face to face, lips to lips makes it too hard for most couples to survive.

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It’s up to you and your child. The best approach is to listen to your instincts, listen to your child, and discuss expectations. Appreciate that it’s not about the quantity of calls, but the quality.

It’s Too Much Calling If…

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