THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Find a cultural center.
and college cultural centers or organiza-
tions are great places for students to stay
connected to the cultures, languages and
foods of their past.
Update your résumé and prepare
your elevator pitch.
Tina Quick, author
The Global Nomad’s Guide to Uni-
recommends that in anticipation of
meeting potential employers or friends,
students “figure out your elevator
speech when they ask you where you’re
from.” In addition, students should dust
off their college application résumé and
update it—many college organizations
and part-time jobs require students to
have references and a detailed resume.
Preparing to make personal and pro-
fessional connections ahead of time will
increase TCKs’ level of confidence and
prepare them for success.
Avoid Road Bumps—Make Plans
No matter how much you plan, things
will go wrong—it is important for stu-
dents to have discussions about budget-
ing, communication and emergency
processes with their parents while they
are still face-to-face.
Develop a budget.
It’s time to talk
money and develop a budget with your
student. I encourage families to use
Google Drive to access and edit shared
documents from around the globe, keep-
ing finances transparent.
Have a discussion with the financial
aid office about your options as a family,
develop a semester (or yearlong) budget
to project and track finances. Decide who
will be covering which expenses, how
these expenses will be paid, how money
will be transferred between accounts,
and how the student will access and
Because financial aid may not be
available until the third or fourth week
of term, it is important that families have
plans in place covering those first few
Develop a Family Communication
Communication plans are the best
way to ensure the entire family under-
stands how to keep each other in the
loop. Discuss communication expecta-
tions with your student. How often do
you realistically expect to hear from