Academics Come First - Time Management, Balance, Personal Care are Crucial
The most important advice I can give is to let them know that you are there for them and give guidance at times, but let them take responsibility for their college journey. I told all three of my children that I wanted them to get involved and experience as much as they could while in college. Academics always come first and time management, balance, and personal care are crucial. I encourage them to keep open lines of communication with their professors and advisors and to advocate for themselves when appropriate. If they have a problem, they need to solve it - I was not going to do it for them. That was especially important to me since two of my children went to college where I work as a professor. The only time I would intervene is if they were having a personal physical or mental health crisis. I also stressed that it is okay not to know everything and that college is a time of self-exploration. Finally, never underestimate the rigors of college compared to high school.
Jeff Lolli is pictured with his son Alex, a graduate in nursing from Widener ('16), Zach, a graduate in computer science from Rowan ('21) and Madeline, a current Widener senior majoring in biology/pre-PT ('24).