College Readiness Transition


CARES Programs & Resources

CARES Program

Why are students in affluent communities considered at risk, and what role does adult self-care play in all of this? Join CARES for a conversation with Dr. Suniya Luthar. She addresses why the rates of depression, anxiety and rule-breaking in high-performing communities are higher than the national average and provides us with tools to change the culture.

CARES Program

Learn more about how the transition to college continues for both parents and students after dorm drop-off. 

Additional Resources

Active Minds

Without a doubt, the transition to college can be overwhelming for some students. Coupled with the fact that many mental health issues often emerge during an individual’s early twenties, it’s important for parents to have a mental health checklist on hand. What can you as a parent do? Check out these tips on how to empower your student to successfully navigate the unfamiliar waters of college life

The Washington Post

After saying goodbye to your college student on move-in day, one of the hardest things to come to grips with at home is the yawning lack of information. You’re excluded from your student’s experience in a new, jarring way, and no one will invite you in except your student — and that’s only if they want to. That doesn’t mean you disappear from their lives; far from it. But it does mean you play a different role.

The New York Times

Helicopter parenting, the practice of hovering anxiously near one’s children, monitoring their every activity, is so 20th century. Some affluent mothers and fathers now are more like snowplows: machines chugging ahead, clearing any obstacles in their child’s path to success, so they don’t have to encounter failure, frustration or lost opportunities.

The Washington Post

“It’s not just the competitive process of my child getting into school that I dread, but the competition among fellow parents. It can be equally intense, and I fear getting snagged by its sharp teeth.”

Child Mind Institute

The transition to college can be hard on kids’ mental health. Teenagers living away from home for the first time may experience academic stress while also trying to make new friends, build routines, and stay physically healthy. All these changes at once can be overwhelming for college kids.

And while this is an emotionally wrenching period for you, the transition can be even harder for them. And I’m here to tell you that you don’t just wash your hands and surrender your parenting badge when you drive away from campus. For my kids, freshman year of college was a rocky couple of months when they needed more emotional support than probably any of us had anticipated.