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Navigating the Freshman Year of College

I spend the spring and summer celebrating admission acceptances and helping students complete tasks required for college enrollment including: registering for orientation, setting up email, taking online placement tests, designing fall class schedules, officially accepting financial awards, completing student loan requirements and understanding the responsibilities of borrowing.

The thing that scares me is that students, who have worked so hard to get into college seem to go into a fog after getting accepted. Many assume email from their college is junk mail which, at this point, is just not true. They also assume the college will continue to send email to their civilian email inbox. Also, not true. Colleges begin to communicate through the college email address soon after acceptance.

Parents and students do best in the post college acceptance process when they read college email daily and quickly follow instructions. Some offers they receive have expiration dates. For this year's high school seniors entering college in the fall of 2018, it is best to do just as much planning for college success as they did to get into college. Planning will pay off in academic success, scholarships, timely graduation and (best of all) a J-O-B.

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