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Making a smooth transition

By Staff | Dec 4, 2009

Leaving the comforts of home to attend college is a lifestyle change for young adults.

And the challenges in front of them are many. A program has been launched by the Rugby School District to help parents and students prepare to meet those challenges.

The first session of the program – Are You Ready? The College Transition – was held last week at the school and 43 parents and students attended.

Rugby Jr.-Sr. High Guidance Counselor Julie Sjol along with Callie Maddock, of the McHenry County Extension Service Office, were the presenters and were assisted by Pastor Nathan Steen and Pastor Sharon Baker.

“We had a lot of positive feedback,’ said Sjol.

The two topics discussed included academics and finances. The academics talk emphasized the importance of students going to class and be responsible with their studies. “They have to remember they are there not to party, not to just take in the experience, but to work and earn a degree,’ Sjol said.

Talk about finances stressed keeping students on a budget and not falling into credit card debt.

Following an initial discussion, parents and students broke into their groups for more discussion.

“I think what the students realize is there is no one there (at college) to hold your hand,’ she said. “No one is getting you out of bed or telling you to get more sleep. The responsibility falls on your shoulders.”

One of the greatest concerns is how stress can affect students and cause them to engage in risky behavior, develop depression or become disconnected from school.

There will be two more sessions. On March 15, the presentation will be about about relationships. On April 6, the presentation will be about making healthy choices.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sjol at 776-5261.

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