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Episode 5- How to get proof of life

Feb 16, 2020

 Talk about it before you drop them off

    • Start having those conversations about what life may look like while they are away.
    • They will be in charge of their own schedules and curfew.
    • Be honest with why you need/want communication
    • It’s a transition for you too
    • You worry about their safety
  • What is a frequency of calls for you both that would be comfortable?
    • Your schedule
    • Their schedule
  • Make a video call
    • See if room is a mess
    • do they look sick, depressed
    • are they taking care of themselves
    • gauge depression/anxiety or other potential health concerns that isolation may be a symptom
  • If you are best friend and it continues then they aren’t making friends there.
  • Set agreed upon time-span without hearing from student before you will contact roommate, RA or dean of students.
    • This way you are both on the same page with the elevation of concern
    • Helps to keep student accountable
  • Practice this now
    • Pay attention to your words when discussing this
    • Remove you...
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Episode 4 - Chronic Illness and the 3 things you have to do

Feb 10, 2020

 

 

If you have a student with a chronic illness these are the three things you have to do before dropping them off freshman year.

Three things to do before dropping off your student with a chronic illness.

 

1. Find a local healthcare provider

  • Start with a referral from your current doctor. It’s always best to get a recommendation from them to help streamline care with the doctor on or near campus.
  • Connect with parents of older students, a Parent Group from the university or local parent group unaffiliated with the university for recommendations.

2. Contact the disability center on campus

  • Determine steps necessary to receive accommodations
  • Work with doctor to determine what accommodations are appropriate
  • Educate your student how to advocate for themselves
  • to ensure accommodations are met
  • To learn how to comfortably discuss their illness with faculty and advisors

3. Plan ahead

  • Notify housing for illness that require consideration
  • asthma/allergies
  • Food...
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Episode 1- University Jargon

Jan 20, 2020

 University Jargon podcast

Chronicle of Higher Education article July 2019

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-Do-We-Have-So-Many/246839

Great article talking about a UCLA post for First Year experience asking about any confusing or confounding terms. In a recent study of 455 colleges...[they] found 136 different terms for the same unsubsidized student loan. 

...first-generation students, who sometimes stumble in navigating the invisible rules and unspoken expectations often called colleges’ “hidden curriculum.” 
Incomprehensible lingo can “flare that impostor syndrome,” said Sarah Whitley, senior director of the Center for First-Generation Student Success at NASPA, a national student-affairs organization.  

Misunderstanding institutional language can lead to missteps — withdrawing after a deadline, for example, so students pay for credits they don’t receive.

Terms defined in show:

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