The Post High School Crisis For Boys: College Is The Best Option…but Many Boys Are Floundering In CollegeBy Daryl CapuanoCollege Advice
“Joey plays video games way too much.” Joey’s mom started her call. This was a few years ago.
That’s a normal parent lament. The context made it a problem. Joey had graduated Daniel Hand High School in Madison and was now at UConn. That he was playing video games too much and often with his friends who were at other colleges was a problem in that college should have enough social life and other positive distraction to naturally limit video game playing.
I should also add that “too much” really was too much. Joey confided that he played about 4 hours a day and usually more on the weekend. He was playing over 30 hours a week. That’s nearly a full time job. But of course, he was earning no money doing so, not meeting new people, and not studying.
His midterm grades were low. He was in danger of failing a class. He found himself purposeless.
And, he also admitted that he – like an extraordinary percentage of young men – smoked pot on a daily basis.
But I digress. Joey was floundering. I get calls from parents routinely regarding their college age children.
They need help.
We can help through ensuring their work is done, that they feel they have a career direction, and that they know the consequences of their action.
I met Joey early enough.
If your child needs help, get it as soon as possible.
You don’t want to pay for a 5th or 6th year of college!