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Out to Sea

A Parents' Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage

Kelly Radi

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50" x 8.50"
  • ISBN: 978-1-59298-726-9
  • Publication Date: 2016-08-19
  • Beaver's Pond Press

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Out to Sea

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2016 GOLD AWARD WINNER at the Midwest Book Awards in the Family/Parenting category.

All aboard, parents! It’s time to see your child off on the voyage of a lifetime: the first year of college. The college transition is a stressful and emotional time for both students and parents. As move-in day approaches, one important question lurks beneath the surface: How do parents survive back on shore when they send their child out to sea?

Here is your survival guide! Out to Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage will help you navigate the emotional and practical aspects of the freshman year. This easy-to-read, informative guidebook is swimming with helpful tips, organized checklists, and real-world advice from parents and experts alike.

Out to Sea will keep your sanity afloat and ensure smoother sailing for you and your student as you embark on this grand voyage. Anchors aweigh!

You’ll learn all about:

  • Packing—with handy checklists
  • Staying connected
  • Mentorship parenting
  • Money matters
  • Orientation
  • Academic expectations
  • Roommate relations
  • Health and wellness
  • What to expect when the ship returns

And so much more!

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“Heartfelt and engaging—Radi empowers parents and students with amazing insight, sensitivity, and knowledge. Unequivocally a must-read.” —Dr. Sentwali Bakari, Dean of Students, Drake University

“Radi shares her heart along with her voice of experience. From practical advice to thoughtful strategies, this book offers parents valuable guidance as their students prepare to leave home for college.” —Jody French, North Dakota Educational Technology Council Director

Out to Sea is a fascinating, practical book that not only provides insight but makes me feel ready for my child’s next journey. Radi’s stories, tips, and thoughtful suggestions just make sense! I highly recommend this book and look forward to her next masterpiece.” —Dr. Daniel Bittman, Superintendent, Sauk Rapids–Rice School District

Out to Sea offers an in-depth view of what it’s like to send your child to college. As a school counselor, I will definitely recommend it to parents of high school seniors for years to come.” —Noel Meyer, Licensed School Counselor

“A helpful read for a parent sending a student off to college. The analogies and practical tips are helpful and presented in a thoughtful checklist manner.” —Mike Connolly, Dean of Students, Saint John’s University

"Transitioning your child to the collegiate world is an exciting and emotional time for all. Out to Sea gives personal, helpful insights to this experience. It helps you navigate this journey and allows you all a more successful transition. A good read for all parents starting this journey.” —Lori Reesor, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Indiana University


Kelly Radi

Kelly Radi launched her firstborn in 2014 and will send her second out to sea this spring. A public speaker since 2010, Radi thoroughly enjoys empowering parents as they launch their college-bound students and can be found speaking at high schools and college campuses about this emotional transition. She blends her authentic voice and tell-it-like-it-is approach to offer relevant, practical suggestions and solutions to help parents (and students) survive—and thrive!—as they set sail.

Radi owns Radi to Write, LLC, a public relations writing firm. Her creative writing appears regularly on various websites, blog posts, and in regional and national magazines. Learn more about Kelly Radi at raditowrite.com.