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College-bound advice hidden in March Reader’s Digest

Reader’s Digest March issue


The March issue of the Reader’s Digest is a surprising source of great advice for the college-bound and their parents. Although not intended as a college prep manual, this particular issue is so full of relatable guidance, counsel, pointers and recommendations in the guise of stories and features, that I rate it five stars for families with prospective college students.

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Here are eleven don’t miss March Reader’s Digest articles and how they relate to college prep:

  1. Everyday Heroes: The fight of their lives The college process can be complicated, costly and confusing. Being overwhelmed from stress and anxiety may lead to disorganization, missed deadlines and lack of planning. Students and parents may be inspired to stay focused, organized and prepared from the March Everyday Heroes’ moms and dads who “when…heard the words “your child has cancer,” they grieved - then got to work to help find a cure.” These personal stories show the family bond and what can be accomplished when parents and children join together for a common goal. For students hoping to achieve their college dreams, parents may provide encouragement, support and assistance.
  2. Voices & Views: Well this is awkward Many a teen’s communication includes texting, selfies, and social media. Colleges and employers are increasingly watching the college-bound’s posts. Students reading the March Department of Wit will get an important reminder to think before they talk, text, or tweet to avoid embarrassment or worse.
  3. Art of Living: Why calm is the new happy The college process may magnify the different opinions teens and their parents have and science explains why in the March Art of Living. Psychology researchers have found views of happiness change with age and experience. “Promotion motivation describes the urge we have to advance ourselves and be better off, along with the joy we feel when doing the things we believe accomplish those goals. Prevention motivation refers to the focus we place on maintaining what we value (including relationships and health) and the bliss that comes form running our life smoothly and feeling secure.” Relating to each other’s position on the happiness continuum will help parents and their children boost mutual understanding and appreciation for their children’s college choices.
  4. Teens: The spark that lights your midlife crisis Who knew parents experience a worse version of teen angst than their adolescent children? The March Family explains why parents, regardless of their age, who are raising teenagers are likely to suffer from symptoms of a deep mid-life crisis. Parents of students starting the college process will have to deal with this condition along with the usual college prep stress.
  5. Public Health: Sobering up The college-bound will be considered adults by their school when attending college. The March Public Health draws attention to alcohol abuse. Parents and their children must be prepared for campus substance abuse temptations, what to do and what not to do.
  6. My Most Unforgettable Character: Mr. Universe The March My Most Unforgettable Character is a reminder of the importance of mentors and their power to motivate. From lessons learned from teachers to television shows, students should be inspired to pursue their interests in college. Parents may help their students find their passion by providing opportunities for educational and recreational activities outside of school.
  7. National Interest: Closing Time at the Waffle House “An account of the dismantling of an extraordinary place,” Bloomington, IN The Waffle House, is a lesson in appreciating the past, accepting change in the present, and adjusting to the future's possibilities. The transition from parent-child to parent-adult child coincides with students graduating from high school and enrolling in college. When students go off to higher education, both parents and students must deal with the transition and the inevitable parent-student separation anxiety.
  8. Who ? Knew: 13 Things A Personal Organizer Won’t Tell You Organization is a vital part of college prep because of the multitude of tasks and deadlines that must be successfully completed and met. The March Who ? Knew provides insights that may be applied to college prep organization, outfitting a dorm room, and reorganizing the room left behind.
  9. Who ? Knew: Quick: How Does the Picture Make You Feel The March Who ? Knew about art is a lesson in gaining new perspectives on life. For the college-bound and their parents, It also allows for considering both logical and emotional reactions to college choices, selection of majors, and campus visits.
  10. Who ? Knew: The Founding Fathers Were Kids! Parents may think of and want to treat their teens and twenty-somethings as children. The March Who ? Knew lists a few 18-25 year old primary patriots and Founding Fathers to remember that great accomplishments may come from people regardless of their tender age. It is a powerful reminder of the capabilities of the motivated young.
  11. Word Power A good vocabulary is a great asset and for the college-bound a necessity to score well on college admission tests. Students are sure to find many words on the March Word Power that may pop up on their standardized tests. Families may take the challenge and rate their vocabulary around the dinner table.

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