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High School & Middle School


For Students and Parents

High school and middle school are a time to practice navigating change.  It's a time to dream big, redefine success, and embrace the process.  The seeds that grow into problems in the college years are planted and nurtured in middle and high school.  Harlan offers an approach to intervene and introduce new habits and strategies for students, parents, and professionals.

DESCRIPTION: Getting into college is the first step.  Navigating all the changes ahead is where most students struggle:

53.1 % of college students felt hopeless over the past 12 months (source: ACHA-NCHA)

66 % admitted feeling lonely or homesick during their first year in college (source: HERI, UCLA)

1 in 4 first-year students will not return to the same school sophomore year (source: ACT inc)

For most high school students, college planning is all about getting in. It’s about being the best and getting into the best school. But there is another part of college planning that is rarely addressed. It’s the most critical predictor of student success or failure—the TRANSITION to life in college.  Transition is the time from committing to a school to the end of a student's first year in college.  It’s making friends, managing time, building relationships, making healthy choices, and getting help before you need.  It's emotional, it’s intense, and millions of students have no idea what's coming.

New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen  (The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College and The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only!) helps students and parents prepare for the changes ahead. Harlan delivers facts, stats, strategies, stories and essential information students NEED to know before ever setting foot on campus.  Harlan gives you everything you need to prepare, plan, and navigate all the changes ahead.

ABOUT HARLAN: Harlan Cohen is a New York Times bestselling author with over 1 million books in print. He is a professional speaker who have visited over 500 high school and college campuses.  Harlan uses his trademark humor, personal anecdotes, facts, stats, and audience interaction to help students get comfortable with the uncomfortable.  He also take live questions via text from audience members. Harlan customizes every event to fit the needs of the community he's addressing.

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TOPICS: College planning, first generation issues, navigating change, life in the classroom, life outside the classroom, commuting, homesickness, roommates, relationships, parent issues, mental health, finances, and the issues that are most important to your community.

AUDIENCE: Students, parents, counselors, professionals, educators, and anyone working with students.

LENGTH: Keynotes 45-90 minute / Workshops 60-minutes to full day