Recommended Readings for Parents

These books are fun, easy, and enjoyable reads and will show parents how to help their student enhance their Gettysburg College experience.

Letting Go by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

"Just as college can be an arduous rite of passage for students, it can be a trying time for their parents as well. Now Letting Go offers parents an insightful and informative guide to college life."


  • "Sending a child off to college can be jolting as well as joyous. Letting Go offers a treasury of insights into this rite of passage rooted not in psychological jargon but in experience and common sense." 
           - Edward B. Fiske, Education Editor of The New York Times and author of
             Fiske's Guide to Colleges
  • "Letting Go is particularly strong in describing the major changes that have taken place on campuses over the last thirty years... I have lived continuously on a campus during that period, but even with my experiences, I would have found this guide helpful when my son first went to college" 
           - Lattie F. Coor, President, Arizona State University

Letting Go is available on

Let the Journey Begin by Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay and Wanda Johnson Ingram

"Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience can help you address and find solutions for the issues that come up during your child's transition to college. Let the Journey Begin is organized around a monthly format; each chapter opens with a list of Student and Parent Issues that typically come up during that period. Strategies for Parents offer practical and timely advice. Commuter Sidebars address the concerns of parents of commuter students. Parent and Student Reflections present valuable advice throughout the text. A Monthly Checklist at the end of each chapter focuses on key issues and serves as a handy reference to help you to organize and prioritize your thoughts."


  • "Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience will be of interest to any parent, guidance counselor, or college administrator. The text captures key issues every student and parent encounters during the first year of college. The advice is first rate, providing suggestions for parents on how to handle various concerns."
            - Barbara Fritze, Vice President of Enrollment and Education Services,
              Gettysburg College

Let the Journey Begin is available on

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