College anxiety

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College anxiety
Tue, 11-08-2011 - 11:13am

Just when I thought I was one of a handful to embrace the comedy in college-bound families, Hollywood put its hand on the pulse of family angst. It happens every year, but suddenly sitcoms are sitting up and taking notice of college-bound anxiety. As they should. It's rampant and there's humor if you look hard enough -- especially when they help parents discover that panic is practically universal and their teen isn't the only one rolling his eyes and procrastinating.

This year approximately 3 million families are in the middle of chaos. Deadlines are right around the corner and the "to do" list is jammed. SATs. College visits. Essay writing. Admissions and scholarship applications. Financial aid forms. With the exception of early decision admissions (fraught with it's own dilemmas), there's no rest or peace until May 2012, when the deals are sealed.

Thankfully, parents and teens can take a well-deserved comedic break and feel a little better in the process.The writers of
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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 12:25pm
Haven't seen the Middle or Modern Family; we're not into sitcoms.

I did not take ds to my university; it's an out of state state school (2 actually).

He didn't have any interviews at his private U; all was via the online app. And he hasn't had to deal with financial aid.

But he definitely had some anxiety issues his first semester away - I was able to talk him through it after a few weeks and he sorted out that he could handle everything but I'd hate to think some kids have no one who they can talk to, to get past this.

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 1:12am
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 1:27pm