#020 Teaching Your Teen “How to College”

Are you worried about the day you drop your teen at college and leave them to “adult” on campus without you? 

Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner, sociologist and co-author of “How To College”, joins Lisa to share insights gained from her decades of work with college students at American University. By starting early while still in high school, her suggestions will help get both you and your student be ready for this major life transition. 

Dr. Malkin Brenner directs your family to the many resources available to your child on campus and you’ll learn about first year experience (FYE) programs available at most universities to support your student. American University has a unique program different from other FYE’s and she’ll tell you why she create it to be different. By understanding this, you’ll know to research those outlets during campus visits and before high school graduation.

Learn why Andrea cautions against assuming a high IQ means your teen can manage campus life and what you can do to set them up for success. Using her “Talking College” card deck provides a way to put your student in the driver’s seat and put you at ease as they start college. 

If you are listening to this episode in the first month it was published, you can enter to win a copy of Andrea’s co-authored book, “How to College”.


Meet Our Guest

Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner is a college transition educator and author who speaks frequently with high school students and parents on the challenges related to college transitions. She draws on her 25 years of experience as a sociology professor and college administrator, as the creator and director of American University’s first-year experience program, and as the faculty director of the college’s University College program. Andrea is the creator of the Talking College™ Card Deck, the original card deck of discussion prompts for college-bound students and their parents, and co-author of How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There), a leading guide for college-bound high school students.

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Links mentioned in this episode

Enter to win a copy of Andrea’s co-authored book, How to College

Andrea Malkin Brenner’s Website

Talking College™ Cards

Book: How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There)

Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Launch College & Career Clarity Course

Episode 2 with Julie Lythcott-Haims on How to Raise an Adult

Launch College and Career Clarity Facebook Community

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