Parents, looking for tips to prepare for the “college send-off”? Read Guide to the College Send-off: 9 Tips for Parents for some insights to get ready for the big day.

    Teens, not sure what school to choose to match your goals? We can help you through the decision-making process with our Choosing a Higher-Ed School: 6 Topics to Cover article.

    Preparing for college life but have lots of questions: what to pack or purchase, what kind of insurance you’ll need, how to handle the finances? We have answers to these questions and more in our Preparing for College Life article.

    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!



  • 11 Tips for a Smart Vacation

    Whether you’re hitting the slopes, the beaches, planning spring break or exploring new places abroad, here are quick tips from travelers and industry experts on getting ready: 1.     Double-Triple Dare You Triple-check your reservations before heading out the door (airplane, hotel, rental car, any other tours or trips). Nothing’s worse than getting to your dream […]

    Read More
  • Preparing for College Life

    Dorm and Apartment Essentials Parents and teens should start at least nine months before the “college launch” date to get what is needed for the apartment or dorm room. Before shopping, get a list of approved items from the school. Often schools don’t allow certain items (halogen lamps, hot plates) due to fire safety laws […]

    Read More
  • Finding and Financing Higher Education

    Need help in finding a college or university, or finding ways to pay for higher education? Here are some resources. Government and State Resources College Navigator – National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator can help students and parents research schools based on your criteria, as well as links to other information. is […]

    Read More
  • Health Resources for College Students

    Heading to college? Here are some resources to keep you healthy! Government and State Resources Medline Plus MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, […]

    Read More
  • 3 Things to Know About Emergency Text Messaging

    Whether you’re texting or talking, it is important to be aware of new developments in text messaging technology for disaster situations. Hurricane Katrina and the 2007 Virginia Tech campus shooting have prompted discussions about text messaging as a primary means of emergency notification, especially on college campuses. Currently, more than 230 million Americans use cell […]

    Read More
  • 5 Ways to Deal With Wallet Theft in College

    by Lauren, our college blogger As college students, we don’t have much to begin with. So what happens when you get the little bit you have stolen? This past semester I was pick-pocketed on Chicago’s ‘El’ after a night out! Not exactly a great way to end a fun night out with friends. The train […]

    Read More
  • 5 Residence Hall Theft Prevention Tips

    Theft is a crime of opportunity. leaving your dorm room doors and windows unlocked gives a thief the chance to steal anything! WHN TIP – Top Stolen Items: The most popular items to be stolen on campus include small and portable electronics – cameras, cell phones, laptop computers, mobile devices. Know What You Have Write […]

    Read More
  • 5 Dorm Fire Safety Tips

    There are over 2,000 residence hall fires each year, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Here are five fire safety tips to help you get started on playing it safe. Ask Questions When Selecting a School Have any fires occurred on campus within the past few years? Where, how and when? Were any changes […]

    Read More
  • College Student’s Emergency Information Sheet

    Post the following information on a bulletin board, by the phone or another handy place in your dorm room/apartment. Make sure your roommates know about this sheet and its location in case of an emergency. (Download the pdf version of our College Emergency Contact & Information.) Download the free My Personal Medication Record pdf from the AARP  in English or Spanish. Also, along […]

    Read More
  • Top 10 Tips for Living With Roommates

    Felix & Oscar. Joey & Chandler. Bert & Ernie. Sometimes roommate pairings are a match made in heaven; other times, they’re a major disaster. Here are our top ten tips to help you communicate (and peacefully coexist) with your college roommate. 1. Be honest about your likes and dislikes from the beginning. Many colleges send […]

    Read More