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Free talk May 2 for parents with kids heading off to college

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Woodlands Academy

Everything you do (and don't) want to know about your kid going off to college will be discussed by a panel at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Hosted by the Alumnae Parent Association, the free event is open to the public and will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Woodlands Academy, 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest.

"The college scene is becoming more complex as kids balance academic pressures with social pressures that are intensified due to non-stop interruptions created through cell phones," said panel moderator Chris Denniston. "There are many resources for the college-bound student but few for the parents."

Topics to be covered include academic adjustments, roommates, homesickness, drugs, alcohol, sex, visits home, Greek life, letting go and more. The evening also will feature a question and answer session and discussion of unanticipated subjects that arise during the presentation.

Panel members include Cindy Broten, entrepreneur and college parent; Monica Kubicek, school psychologist; Liz Snider, Lake Forest College program director; Joanne Yorro, Committee Representing Our Young Adults (CROYA) program manager; and Denniston.

To make a reservation, email or for more information contact Denniston at 847 295-5584.

Founded in 1858, Woodlands Academy is an independent, Catholic college preparatory day and boarding school for young women, and part of a worldwide network of Sacred Heart Schools that spans 21 cities in the United States and 44 countries around the world. Woodland Academy's identity is rooted in Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat's desire to inspire young hearts and minds to excel, to lead lives of integrity and to serve. The nonprofit school is located at 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest. For more information call 847 234-4300 or visit