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Beginning to Build Critical "Adulting" Skills in High School: It's More Than Learning to do Laundry
Nothing in the college admissions process prepares high school graduates for the changes they will face as they transition from high school to living independently in college. Parents will finish this session with a complete list of the critical life skills first-year students should master before leaving home (and tricks for teaching these skills). Some topics include: taking care of their physical and mental health; sharing a living space and communicating with peers across differences; new responsibilities for personal safety, eating, and sleeping routines; budgeting and money management; taking advantage of campus resources; professional communication; and handling stress without the “scaffolding” of home.


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Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner
@AMBrenner, LLC
Andrea Malkin Brenner, PhD is a college transition educator and author who speaks frequently with high school students and parents. She has a specific passion for working with first-year students with neurodiversity challenges. Andrea draws on her 25 years of experience as a college professor and 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. See AMBrenner.com for more information.