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College Survival Skills: Experience the Reality!
Most students going off to college are leaving their families for the first time. They have to learn how to manage their own funds, wake up on time and even do their own laundry.

Each year, to prepare students heading off to college, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center offers the College Survival Skills: Experience the Reality! seminar. The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, from 6:30-9:00 PM. Students and their parents will leave with firsthand knowledge about what it's really like to go off to college. (Registration is available online.)

To improve students' success in making the transition, we bring in experts from the field to offer sage advice. Current college students will also be on hand to discuss what they wish they'd known before their first year of college. The dean of students from Baldwin Wallace University will speak about becoming acclimated to college life.

A campus police officer from the University of Akron speaks candidly, offering an eye-opening glimpse into what really happens at parties, how to stay safe, how to avoid date rape and recognizing the legal ramifications of your actions at 18 years of age and beyond. The first two weeks of the school year are among the most dangerous, he explains, as first-time students are placed far out of their comfort zones and their inhibitions are erratic. 

For a healthy eye-opener, students will have the opportunity to participate in a reality simulation led by current college students. They will rotate through eight stations and explore situations they will encounter in real campus life.

In the past, I've heard from parents that this seminar was instrumental in opening up the door to conversations they had no idea they needed to bring up with their children. Think of it as an early going-away gift to your son or daughter.

By Darden Blake, Community Liaison, CVCC
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The seminar is free of charge and is hosted in partnership with The Ohio State University, Baldwin Wallace University and the CAPA (Community Awareness and Prevention Association). Space is limited. Reserve your place at the seminar by registering online at Questions? Contact Darden Blake at [email protected] or 440-746-8242.
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