Double-Header #DadChat and #CollegeCash Summary
Last night was our first Double-Header for #DadChat and #CollegeCash. In the first hour of Bruce Sallan invited me to guest host on #DadChat to discuss financial aid and the college student.Bruce Sallan, author of “A Dad’s Point-of-View: We ARE Half the Equation” and radio host of “The Bruce Sallan Show – A Dad’s Point-of-View” gave up a long-term showbiz career to become a stay-at-home-dad. He has dedicated his new career to becoming THE Dad advocate. He carries out his mission with not only his book and radio show, but also his column “A Dad’s Point-of-View”, syndicated in over 100 newspapers and websites worldwide, his “I’m NOT That Dad” vlogs, the “Because I Said So” comic strip, and his dedication to his community on Facebook and Twitter. Join Bruce and his community each Thursday for #DadChat, from 6pm -7pm PST, the Tweet Chat that Bruce hosts.
The first hour of our Double-Header was a home run. At 7:00 p.m. we headed over to #CollegeCash and I was delighted to have Bruce Sallan as my guest for the very first time. Bruce is an amazing dad who’s oldest son is going off to college on the east coast. Bruce is experiencing so many of the normal feelings parents go through when their student gets ready to fly the nest. The first day of college is a big change, and preparation, organization and time management will be very important. Following are some tips for preparing for this huge milestone in your life.
1. Orientation. One of the best things you can do is attend orientation. At orientation, there will be college students telling you what’s going to happen and giving you guidance. There will also be advisers who will assist you with your schedules and provide tours of the campus and the dorms/apartments. Orientation helps to relieve a lot of stress for both you and your parents.
2. Acclimation. When you visit the campus, be sure to explore available parking, eating places, entertainment, etc. Decide (with your parents) whether you will live in a dorm or apartment and make the necessary arrangements.
3. Money. Have a discussion with your parents regarding budgets and money management. Set a clear understanding of their expectations and agree on a monthly budget.
4. Textbooks. When you go to class on the first day, your professors are going to give you a syllabus, and tell you what you’ll need in the way of supplies and textbooks.
5. Supplies. As far as supplies go, you need a durable backpack that can accommodate your laptop. Other than that, some notebooks, pens and highlighters are the basics.
6. Accountability. Probably one of the most important things you need to be aware of is that in college, you’re on your own. You’ve got to stay on top of deadlines when signing up for classes and paying the tuition.
So stay organized, manage your time, and be sure to meet your deadlines. If you do these few things, you’ll be prepared for that first day of college and it won’t be so intimidating!
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That was a great chat Jodi and Bruce! It was really nice to connect with some caring dads that are thinking ahead to when their kids go to college. :)
What a work-out that was, Jodi! So terrific! Such good ideas shared, great people, and Brain Exercise for a non-stop 2 hours! Amazing. I'm still recovering! TY so very much for a great night AND a great appearance on my radio show earlier in the day!
@BruceSallan I agree Bruce it was a twitter workout..but so fun. I loved chatting with everyone and sharing their experiences. What wonderful times as our children grow and we watch them fly.