Monday April 14, 2014
If you've got a high school or college graduation ceremony coming up, it's time to start thinking about packing that survival bag. Sitting in the glorious sunshine for a few minutes is a lovely thing. Sitting under that blazing orb for four hours is a recipe for pomp, circumstance, sunburn and heatstroke. So here's what to pack - sunscreen, of course, but also these nine sanity savers. Plus, perhaps a graduation bingo board or two.
Saturday April 12, 2014
As parents, we obsess over those housing forms - is it better for junior to opt for a double in the freshman wing or a suite on the special interests floor, the Triton dining package or the basic-plus? And what the heck is a gender-neutral room? Wait... does that mean co-ed by room?
This is the month when housing decisions must be made. Here's the lowdown on what all those options mean. And if your recently-admitted-freshman-to-be hasn't received a housing application yet, tell him to check his university e-mail account. Yes, he has one and it's brimming with vital information and a housing application with a looming deadline.
Wednesday April 9, 2014
As summer approaches, everyone's thoughts turn toward vacation. This easy dorm craft - a clever campus-themed luggage tag - is just the thing. It takes 10 minutes to make, costs less than $2 and makes a whimsical, but practical little gift to tuck into a graduation gift (pair it with a check to cover passport fees, for example) or pop into a care package. It's like a little collage, encased in water-proof laminate.
Monday April 7, 2014
As you ponder your kid's financial aid packet, take solace in this: At least he's not going to Columbia University - at $45,290, not including room and board, this New York City university topped the 10 Most Expensive Colleges in the U.S. list.
Oh wait, he is? Oh dear. Then you'd best check out this penny-pinching guide for college families. It won't make a big dent in that tuition bill, but every little bit helps...