Preparing for College Life


Preparing for College Life

College can be one of the greatest experiences of a young person’s life but for some it is anxiety provoking (even for parents!)  The transition from high school to college (where there is more freedom and responsibility), being separated from family, friends, a routine, can illicit questions and concerns, which is all perfectly normal. This section will help you and your teen deal with roommate issues, personal safety, how to balance school work and a social life and even how cope with being homesick.

College Planning

College Bound: Tips for a Smooth Transition

College Bound: Tips for a Smooth Transition

College Planning Resources

College Planning Resources

How to Get Along with a College Roommate

How to Get Along with a College Roommate

  • College Bound: Tips for a Smooth Transition

    We all know that college comes with a lot of choices and options. Here at the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project we want to offer you our help by providing some of the information you’ll need to get a jump-start on college.  This site contains tons of links to websites that will give you information about four-year colleges, tech-schools, and even military options. It’s no secret that college can be expensive.  That’s why we also have a financial aid section that will link you to numerous scholarship opportunities. When you leave home for college there are going to be some major adjustments that will need to be made.  College life is a totally different world than living at home.  This site will help you deal with your roommates, understand fraternities and sororities, and deal with homesickness.  College can be one of the greatest experiences of your life, now the information you’ll need is just a click away.

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  • College Planning Resources

    • About College –your complete guide to everything you really wanted to know about college life and adjustment but didn’t know whom to ask!
    • ACT, Inc. — the official site of one of the major college admission tests, offering sample questions, test-taking strategies, and the ability to register for the test online. Also includes advice about choosing a college and applying for financial aid.
    • Adventures in Education — an interactive site that offers information and services to help finance an education, select a college, and plan a career. Sponsored by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.
    • All About College — a great collection of college-related links and resources, including a comprehensive directory of college and university homepages from around the world, testing resources, financial aid resources, research tools, and a college chat area.
    • — a comprehensive resource for students interested in receiving admissions and financial aid application forms from schools, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. and the world — using just one application request. Includes both undergraduate and graduate schools. Also has a searchable database of colleges, financial aid guides, and scholarship searches. Free.
    • — the purpose of the site is to offer another source of information to assist future students in selecting the business education program that best suits your needs and personality. Includes information about the best business schools, financial aid, application aid, and more. Free to job-seekers.
    • — designed to help students choose a major or program of study, and then find a U.S. or Canadian college or university. Offers access to more than 50,000 university and college undergraduate and graduate college program department sites, covering more than 300 fields of study. Also includes test prep and career links. Free.
    • CampusTours — a truly great resource for getting information about U.S. colleges. This site includes virtual campus tours, college webcams, and QuickTime VR tours, movies, and pictures.
    • — where teens can view career descriptions, choose a career, find a school, and get answers to financial aid, career placement, and career education questions. Free.
    • Careers & Colleges — the Website of a quarterly publication that deals with the key issues facing teens — full of college information and resources for those continuing your education — and lots of information about jobs and careers for those thinking about your job prospects. Also includes a chat area where you can talk with other teens.
    • College Board Online — contains a comprehensive careers section designed to assist you in choosing a career. Also includes information about colleges and financial aid.
    • The CollegeBound Network — an interactive guide to college life for aspiring college-bound students that offers teens insight and access to real people who can guide them through their college and career choices. Includes the College Bound Magazine, as well as a host of other Websites, including,,, and Free.
    • College is Possible — the Coalition of America’s Colleges and Universities has launched this site to direct students and their families to the best information and advice about preparing for college, choosing the right college, and paying for college — with the goal of showing that with proper preparation, college is possible for every American.
    • CollegeLink — provides a range of pre-college articles, resources, and services, including college searches, test preparation, tips for getting into top schools, finding scholarships, electronic college applications, and more. Free.
    • CollegeNet — provides an interesting search engine that helps college-bound students find their “ideal college.” Searches for colleges can be narrowed by region, sports programs, majors, tuition, and several other factors. Also includes the “Mach25” financial aid search engine, as well as “Applyweb,” where you can submit your application to hundreds of colleges online.
    • College Planning — provides students and your families with information on college selection, admission, financial aid, and scholarships. Includes sections for college planning for high school students, elementary and middle school students, and adults returning to college.
    • CollegePrep-101 — a Web-based course intended to provide college-bound students with “information you will need as you embark on a major change in your life — deciding on and attending college.” Includes lessons on admissions standards, terminology, choosing a college, campus visits, standardized tests, campus living, roommates, choosing a major, time management, and much more. A great resource!
    • CollegeQuest — free membership offers you in-depth profiles of every undergraduate institution accredited in the U.S.; specially designed tools to help you manage the college admissions and financial aid process; the ability to apply online; Peterson’s database of more than 800,000 scholarships and awards; and much more.
    • CollegeSource — Quickly find the schools that match your requirements — for free. You can search by tuition, enrollment, affiliation, major programs of study and other criteria. Includes free information about more than 10,000 colleges and universities, including links to the schools’ Websites and college catalogs. Also includes a subscription fee-based service that features more 10,000 college catalogs in complete cover-to-cover, original page format — for 2-year, 4-year, graduate, and professional colleges and universities.
    • CollegeView College Search — a free online college search service with profiles of more than 3,500 colleges and universities, virtual tours, electronic applications, financial aid information, career planning tools, and more. Great career exploration resources.
    • Collegiate Choice Walking Tours Videos — simple, unique, and non-promotional videos of actual campus tours of more than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, and Scotland. These are unedited recordings by a group of New Jersey college advisers of the actual student-guided campus tour at each of these schools. Nominal fees for videos.
    • Cyber Guidance Office — a virtual high school guidance office created by Bob Turba, Chairman of Guidance Services at Stanton College Preparatory School. This is a great resource created for high school students and their families, focusing on colleges, scholarships and financial aid and career information.
    • Education & Career Center — an exceptional collection of resources for high school students, including resources on: colleges, careers and jobs, summer programs, studying abroad, financing an education, and much more.
    • Education Services Foundation (ESF) — Includes resources and links related to programs that help students borrow wisely.
    • Education World: Student’s Resources — a great collection of links and resources revolving around college preparation.
    • — provides resources to help individuals achieve their lifelong learning and career goals, focusing on college, gradulate school, and professional school resources.
    • EssayEdge— with over 100 free sample college and graduate school application essays and pages and pages of essay writing tips, this site is the Net’s largest resource for admissions essay consulting and editing. EssayEdge’s professional Harvard-educated editors have helped thousands of satisfied customers gain entrance into their first choice school.
    • Get Recruited — which allows all students to be recruited (for free) by colleges, universities, graduate schools, and professional schools. Students simply need to complete a brief online questionnaire, which is then sent to colleges and universities around the U.S. Schools that determine matches with you will then contact you via email or postal mail with more information. Free.
    • GoCollege — a free, flexible, and user-friendly college search engine. Search by region, majors, tuition, test scores, keywords, and others.
    • High School Hub — an academic portal for high school students, with study guides for numerous subjects, a college prep quiz, a reference collection, and great resources for college choice and careers. Free.
    • Interest Finder Quiz — help find the answers to questions such as, “Should I go to college or look for a job?” and “What kind of jobs are best for me?” by taking this interactive quiz. Results suggest where you fit into the six RAISEC work styles.
    • Major Resource Kits — link academic majors to career alternatives by providing information on career paths, sample job titles, and a short bibliography of materials available to particular majors. From the University of Delaware’s Career Services Center.
    • — from the U.S. Department of Defense, a great resource for high school and college students, with information and resources about careers and career assessment, job-hunting, finances, and, of course, the benefits of a military career. Free to students.
    • IPEDS College Opportunities On-Line — a direct link to more than 9,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. From the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education. You can search based on location, program, or degree offerings. Free.
    • Mapping Your Future — information designed to help you plan your career, select a school, and pay for your education. From the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.
    • My College Guide — where college-bound students can search for colleges that meet your criteria (such as location, cost, freshman class size, school type) — or browse the alphabetical listings, get critical advice from the Admissions Guru, read interesting articles about college life, and more. Free to students.
    • The Next Step Magazine — a complete source of information for teens! Great original articles and information, as well as links, to key issues related to teens, including (but not limited to) college preparation and profiles, career exploration, and job-hunting.
    • Peterson’s Education & Career Center — an excellent collection of resources for college students and grads, including resources on: graduate study, careers and jobs, summer programs, studying abroad, financing an education, and much more.
    • Preparing Your Child for College — a detailed resource book available online (and in downloadable form) that covers the basics: general questions about college, preparing for college, choosing a college, financing a college education, and more. (See also, “Getting Ready for College Early.”)
    • Private Colleges & Universities — both a magazine and a Website, its mission is to provide college-bound students with helpful information about the college admissions process. Includes some great articles about common situations college-bound students face, including boosting test scores, choosing colleges, finding financial aid, and much more. A great resource for high school students.
    • Quintessential Careers — is the ultimate career, job, and college site, offering free expert career and job-hunting advice (through articles, tool, tips, and tutorials), as well as links to all the best job sites. Special sections for teens, college students, and all other job-seekers (by industry, geography, and job-seeker type) makes this site a comprehensive resource for all. Now with more than 1,200 pages of career and job-hunting content, your job search starts here!
    • Stetson University — learn more about one of the best educational values in the South, from a Phi Beta Kappa quality College of Arts and Sciences to a Beta Gamma Sigma quality School of Business Administration. The university also includes an exceptional music school, as well as an Education Department with ties with Walt Disney’s Celebration City.
    • Stetson University’s duPont-Ball Library Virtual Collection — Career, College, and Financial Aid Resources — A nice collection of career, college, and employment-related links.
    • — gives college students the opportunity to read and write uncensored reviews of their professors and classes – and for prospective students to get a real feel for a college’s courses and teachers. Also includes GRE study guides and campus-specific content (such as reviews of local apartments). Part of PowerStudents. Free.
    • — Comprehensive online directory of study abroad and international education. Includes college undergraduate semester, year-long and summer programs, intensive language and experiential programs plus high school and graduate study abroad.
    • SuperCollege — using the experiences and strategies of real students, SuperCollege aims to be nothing less than the leading source of infomation on admissions and financial aid for all college bound high school students.
    • 2001 Colleges, Universities, and Scholarships — designed to offer college-bound students, parents, and counselors easy access to information on colleges and universities throughout the United States, free scholarship and financial aid searches, SAT and ACT test preparation tips, and more. Also includes a comprehensive directory of U.S. college and university admissions and financial aid offices e-mail addresses, listed in alphabetical order, by state, as well as direct links to college online applications.
    • U.S. News Education — Colleges and Careers Center and U.S. News Education: College — some great resources for when it’s time to choose a college, including college rankings, a college student forum, and financial aid advice.
    • — The Commission’s key objectives are to strengthen the nation’s capacity to provide high quality education, and increase opportunities for Hispanic Americans to participate in and benefit from Federal education programs.
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  • How to Get Along with a College Roommate

    Leaving home for the first time can be difficult. While you are probably feeling excited about leaving, you may also be fearful about the new people you are going to be living with and the new situations you will encounter.

    It is very important to be “open-minded” about the people you are going to meet. Remember that everyone comes from different backgrounds, and they may not do things the way you do.

    Get to know your roommates. Try not to be shy, open up and introduce yourself. Ask questions that will get them to open up like: Where are they from? Why did they choose this particular university?

    While it can be difficult to adjust to new roommates, there are some things you can do to make the experience fun. It takes time to adjust to the new atmosphere, but if you come in with an open-mind, patience, and good communication, your new living situation will be very exciting and fun.

    Here are some ideas to get you on your way:

    • Have a regularly scheduled house meeting to talk about house rules and any issues that need to be resolved
    • Agree on house rules
    • Talk about whether or not the food is shared
    • Split the bills fairly between each roommate (sometimes the person with the largest room pays more of the share of rent)
    • Split up chores evenly
    • Make sure you make time for yourself. If you can’t get time alone at home, go to a coffee shop or another place that you enjoy

    For more information check out these links

    •  An on-line resource for students having problems with their roommates…
    •  Looking for an affordable place to call home? Have a spare room in your apartment or house?
    •  Founded in 1986, Roommate Express® has served over 180,000 clients, offering them more than 1 million COMPATIBLE matches to choose from.
    •  An on-line resource to help cure the anxieties of first year students.
    •  A comprehensive site with great info on roommates, careers & college life
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The Youth Project prides itself on creating a safe, non-judgmental and confidential setting in which students speak freely and can be assured that the stories they share remain private. However, all students are informed that we are a mandated reporting agency, meaning: if we have reasonable suspicion that a child (under the age of 18) has been mistreated, we are required to file a report with the necessary agencies.

We will report when a student shares information on:
Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Harm to Themselves, Sexual Abuse, Neglect, Harm to Others

All sessions are confidential. However, we are a mandated reporting agency and if a student expresses a desire to harm himself or others or if there is reason to suspect child abuse or neglect, we are obligated to report to the appropriate agency. ALL STUDENTS are reminded of this before every session.***


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