And Then There Was One

Second of three children prepares to leave the nest
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Photos courtesy of Beth Shugg
Connor and Katie Shugg pose for a fun shot at War Memorial Chapel on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.

It’s fitting that I write this month's Editor's Note for our annual back-to-school issue while riding with my husband and children to our son’s college orientation. My husband and I are going back to school, in a sense, because our second oldest has chosen to attend our alma mater, Virginia Tech. 

It’s a strange feeling — sending your child off to college. You see him every day of his life and then, suddenly, it’s over. My husband and I have done this once before — we should be used to it, right? 

Many of you know this feeling. For those of you who don’t, our August issue may be helpful because, thanks to those of you who responded to our 2017 reader survey, we’re delivering what you asked for: expanded back-to-school coverage for college-age students.

We kick things off with a look at school bell times. The Triangle’s public school systems take different approaches to when school should start and end. In “School Start Times: When Should the Bells Ring” on page 14, we describe and offer expert opinions on these different approaches. 

Help your student get organized with the products on pages 16-17. From Post-it planners to document organizers, your student — and you — will surely love these school supplies.

On page 20, the College Transitions team looks at whether attending a private high school offers a college admissions advantage, and, on page 26, they profile four popular college guidebooks, offering the pros and cons of each. While we’re on the subject of college admissions, be sure to read “Applying to College? Beware of Social Media” on page 34. 

If you’re in the same situation as our family is this summer, you’ll appreciate “Designing Your Dorm Room: How to Make the Most of a Small Space” on page 22. Students, parents, retailers and university administrators offer tips on how your teen can create a stylish and functional space.

The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is only part of why this month's Excursion column on page 36 focuses on Columbia, South Carolina. Just 3.5 hours away from the Triangle, Columbia offers the South's largest children’s museum, an award-winning zoo and much more. 

We're almost at Virginia Tech now, so I'll close with the following advice: Enjoy the remaining days you have with your child before he leaves for college. My husband and I have only one child at home now. Soon enough, like her brothers, she’ll be on her own, forging a path toward a bright and exciting future her father and I have strived to create a loving foundation for. 

Carolina Parent Editor Beth Shugg with husband, Chris, at their alma mater, Virginia Tech.


Categories: College Planning, Education, From the Editor