Also from the perspective of a student(-athlete), there are some things that parents should(n't) do, and some things that kids should(n't) do in the process of actually preparing to go to college. Not in applying to college, but in preparing to go!

Disclaimer: I go to college (Stanford University) on the other coast of the US from where I grew up my entire life (Northern Virginia), and I'm also a college athlete, so, some of my experiences are things that most other people won't experience. I've tried to incorporate my friends experiences too though.

First, what parents should and shouldn't do! (From my perspective, at least):

Now, things that people going OFF to college should do:

The first few months of college are kind of a learning experience, but you know, there are some things you can do to just make them easier.