College Transition Initiative

Welcome to the blog of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding’s (CPYU) College Transition Initiative (CTI). This site contains commentary on transitional issues, exploring research, trends and college student culture. For more information visit:

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The transition from high school to college is a difficult one, and yet, it is a transition that is often overlooked. This site is to help college bound students, parents, and youth workers stay up to date on the latest research and trends in regards to college transition. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Join the conversation!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Navigating the College Transition

My good friend Susan Den Herder and I have been published by Comment, a journal based in Canada. This is very exciting. The article is entitled “Navigating the College Transition” and here is the abstract:

Mansion or mission... a serious "why am I here?" question for young adults eyeing the confusing life of higher education. And it only begs even more questions: "Who am I? What do I believe? With whom will I surround myself?"

Derek Melleby, director of the new College Transition Initiative, suggests that young people should probably wrestle with these questions themselves, before other people start answering for them. Prevailing cultural winds sell a life story where education is a rung on a ladder; Melleby argues that identity might better be rooted not in what you do, but who you are.

Click here for the PDF version.



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