college conversations

The Question I’m Dying to Ask My Almost 17-Year-Old Self

March 29, 1982 “Tom, when are you the most ‘you’?” The question hangs in the air as I sit silently between my parents on an orange-leather sofa in the office of someone who calls himself a “college planner”. My silence isn’t due to a lack of understanding. I’m just gauging the potential benefits of an honest response with the costs of what quickly could become an incredibly uncomfortable conversation. Just days before my seventeenth birthday, the words I’m about to…

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Tough Talks About College with your Kids? Dale Carnegie ‘em.

This is a real-life reaction that I got from my own 15-year-old son Jack when I went into his room and was going to ask if he had time to talk. Look familiar? Our kids can give some pretty powerful signals that they aren’t really open to conversations, about college, careers, school…. pretty much any topic is off limits at times. Here are some thoughts to help you have more productive conversations about college with your son or daughter. Ever…

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