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JUNE 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

Find a cultural center.

Community

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

of

The Global Nomad’s Guide to Uni-

versity Transition

(Summertime, 2010),

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

spend money.

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

weeks.

Develop a Family Communication

Plan.

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