Back To School with Emory WorkLife

By Audrey Adelson


The Emory WorkLife Resource Center is hosting its annual Back to School campaign during the month of

July. The campaign has been expanded this year and includes not only web articles to help parents with

issues related to their children going back to school, but also offers three free informational workshops

for employees and their partners. 



The College Admissions Process:A Planning Workshop for Parents of High School Students


This session is designed to provide both high school students and their parents with an overview of

admission factors that many institutions in the state, and across the country, consider during the college

application process. Highlights of this program will include: review of curriculum rigor, tips for essays,

standardized testing, how to make one stand out in the application process, and other helpful tips students

and parents need to know before beginning the college search. The session will be conducted by Jessica

Jaret and Timothy Fields from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Emory University. Offering

numerous years of experience in the area of Admissions in Higher Education, both in private and public

post-secondary settings look forward to sharing their recommendations with you.


When: Thursday, July 8, 2010



Where: Emory University – Main Campus

           White Hall, Room 101 


To register go to 



A Parent's Roadmap to Understanding Education Options in Metro Atlanta 


Whether you are a new parent or a parent of a school aged child, the educational options in a large

metropolitan city can be confusing. This workshop is designed to help sort through the confusion and shed

light on the different types of educational opportunities available throughout metro Atlanta. Sara Duke,

M.M.Sc., is an Educational Consultant in Atlanta. Bringing over thirty years of professional work experience

to Emory, she will provide attendees of this workshop with some insight to the differences between public

and private school along with some of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Ms. Duke will also help

parents understand what charter and magnet schools are and why they are popping up all over the city.

The workshop will help parents gain knowledge into what types of children do best in the various types of

learning environments along with the basics of the admissions process for each of them. Ms. Duke will

review some of the important family and child needs that should be included in the educational decision

making process.  


When: Thursday, July 22, 2010



Where: Emory University – Main Campus

           Rita Anne Rollins Room, 8th Floor – Rollins School of Public Health 


To register go to 



A Parent’s Guide to Paying for College:  Savings, Loans, Grants, Scholarships & Financial Aid


The college landscape has changed drastically in the last 20 years and costs have shot beyond inflation

with little end in sight. This session is designed to help families prepare for what is ahead when trying to

navigate the financial aid process for their high school aged child.  We will discuss accessibility and

differences in grants, scholarships, and loans, defining the dictionary of terms that will arise in your college

search. The session will be headed by Erik Lips, Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Emory

University.  He will work to demystify the financial aid process, inform families of current trends in both

admission and financial aid, as well as provide a host of resources that will empower families to

to see beyond the sticker price and seek the college that is not only a great fit academically, but financially

as well.


When: Thursday, July 29, 2010



Where: Emory University – Main Campus

           White Hall – Room 101


To register go to


If you have questions about the workshops or the Back to School campaign, please contact Audrey Adelson at (404) 727-1261.