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Preparing For College Success Starts In High School

How To Start Preparing For College Success

What can we do now to help prepare our high schoolers for their freshman year of college? Deanne Hurley, vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Ursuline College, offers a Top 10 list for how to prepare for college.

This presentation was part of Your Teen Magazine‘s College Event Cleveland in January 2015. To see all the presentations from the College Event Cleveland, click here.

Preparing your High School Student for Success in College


Well good evening, It’s eight thirty and I know that this is your last session of the day, so thank you so much for being here with me tonight. I’m Deanne Hurley, the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Ursuline College. My true credentials for this for this evening, the first is that I have thirty years working in higher ed. The second is that I have three college-age students. I have a freshman and a sophomore in college, and I actually have one that just graduated in the spring, so yay. And he’s been gainfully employed. Yes, I know.

So how many of you in here are sending your first child to college? Okay, so how many of you have sent a child to college then already? Great, so you are like fellow experts. You can help with the parents that and chiming in to let me know if you think I’m on target or not.

So my topic for tonight is Preparing Your Teen For College Success, and what I want to talk to you about are thing that you can do now for your child who is in high school, you teen who’s in high school, to help prepare them for their freshman year in college.

And so I’m very fortunate, working at Ursuline, to have resources at the student fair staff and the counseling and career services staff, to be able to talk to them and my fellow parents about things that they wish students knew in high school or that their parents knew to help them with. And that’s kind of how we compiled this Top Ten list. So you need to think of yourself as a teacher, which you probably do. You’re your child’s first teacher, and you’re continuing to teach them on through high school, even if they’re fighting it.

(For the rest of the presentation, please view our attached video)

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