College orientations, end-of-summer packing, and independence for thousands of incoming college freshman is just around the corner. Here are some resources to help you, your child, and your family through the transition of sending out young adults to the world.

What Do You Know?

Here's an interesting list: 30 Surprising Things High Schoolers Don't Know. The list is from an education organization called Common Core, and includes things like when the Civil War was fought, and who Adolf Hitler was. Does your soon-to-be high school graduate know the issues behind the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education? Has she read The Grapes of Wrath and Huckleberry Finn? Have you? Take a minute to read down the list and see if there is any information your teenager could benefit from learning, if she hasn't already. Don't forget to brush up on the information yourself.

Everyone Really Is in the Same Boat

Every year, freshmen attend annual college orientations across the country. The experience is informative, but can also be intimidating. The people putting on the show, though, are there to help attendees by answering questions, assisting with course selection, and introducing new students to the various activities and organizations on campus. Go through 5 Tips For Making Freshman Orientation a Success to encourage your young adult in his new endeavor.

Preparing for the Move

Moving them out may be what you have worked for all these years, but the bittersweet experience can be stressful for both parent and student. When a Child Is Moving Out gives advice for parents who are helping pack up their children for life out from under a parent's roof. It includes important tips like discussing finances, and giving yourself time to adjust to the change. Preparing for Your Child's Move to College has advice to parents whose children will be living on a college campus, offering help to get through the transition and talking to your student about health and safety.

Talk Up the Other Stuff

Going to College: How to Prepare encourages parents to have conversations with their child about everything from sex to depression to drug and alcohol use and abuse. Hopefully, all these conversations have taken place before a student heads to the dorm, but follow-up conversations may have a great deal of influence once your college freshmen starts hitting the campus pavement, and gets distracted by more than just a tough English syllabus.

No Plans for College?

Despite it being a common expectation, not everyone is bound for college after high school graduation. Not Going to College Is a Viable Option points out that this may not be bad thing: many future jobs will require little more than a high school diploma and on-the-job training. It may also a great opportunity for young adults to work, travel, and take some time to figure out what they would really like to do. Time Out: Gauging the Value of a Gap Year Before College discusses some of the experiences and opportunities young people have had by simply delaying their college attendance by one year — using the time to take jobs abroad and work on focusing their interests for the future.

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