How to Support Teens in the Transition from High School to College

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"Trust is the key. Trust your students to make decisions—some will be good and others not-so-good. If their study habits aren’t robust, their grades will reflect that, and, if they fail, they will face the consequences. College is the best place to learn to fail, fall and fly because it provides durable support--one that allows for life lessons with a safety net. They will grow and learn in an environment created specifically for individuals with underdeveloped frontal lobes--one that develops their strengths, nurtures their weaknesses, provides experiences that will intentionally challenge them at their core, change them in the name of success, and prepare them for (hopefully) anything life throws their way."

Kerri Fowler has served as the Associate Director of Parents & Families Services at North Carolina State University since 2012.  Ms. Fowler works collaboratively with her team to support Wolfpack parents and families as they navigate the undergraduate college experience in support of their NC State students. From large events and information programs to managing web, print and electronic communications, Ms. Fowler and the team of Parents & Families Services, works to ensure every undergraduate student’s support network remain connected to the university.

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Page Cvelich

College/Teen Program Manager

Page Cvelich has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Work/Life Center from prior experience as a high school guidance counselor and parent education coordinator. Page has been responsible for setting up a high school college and career center, designing a career exploration program for teens and serving as a counselor at a backpacking camp in the Rockies. In her role as Teen/College Program Manager, Page enjoys interacting with small groups of parents and teens, as well as consulting one-on-one with parents and referring them to resources so that they are better able to provide the support and encouragement their kids need.

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