Tuesday, 8 November 2011

University transition…so much more than academics

Being told by your parents that it’s time to move again becomes almost as routine as your parents saying “brush your teeth before you go to bed.” But what happens when you reach one of those milestones that many Teens reach in their lives – graduating from high school/secondary school? For students in all contexts – Monocultural and Expat, alike – and their parents/guardians, the notion of “life after high school” is wrought with much excitement, worry, trepidation, and confusion. For an Expat Teen, it may initially appear to be just one more move in a series of moves. However, when you start to think about it in more detail, you start to realize how this move is so completely different from all of the other moves. For one, you’re (generally) moving by yourself and leaving your family behind. For another, you (generally) are the one who gets to decide where you are going next. So, how do you deal with all of the unknowns that accompany this phase of life? If you are still in your final year of secondary school, how can you make the most of your final year, both at school and at home? There are books out there to help you with the former (e.g., The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition, by Tina L. Quick), but there aren’t that many that address the latter. That’s where our book comes in.

Expat Teens Talk is a resource that addresses some of the concerns that Teens in all stages of adolescence have about their lives, both what they are doing now, and how they can prepare for the future. Their concerns are addressed via feedback from their fellow Expat Peers, as well as from Expat Parents and Expat Professionals, thus providing some support for them as they go through this ever-changing stage of life. Within the book is also advice and support from what we call Expat Teen Alumni – individuals who were Expat Teens at one time. So, stay tuned to this blogspot for more information on how you can get a copy of the book. In the meantime, TALK to us and let us know what’s on your mind…

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