I had discussion with two high school seniors from East Palo Alto. Both girls had been accepted into UC schools and would be starting in the fall. They were also both first in their families to go to college. They talked about how it's been their responsibilities to help take care of their younger siblings and support the families. They were concerned about how the family was going to get by without them.
This article about Redesigning the Death Experience got me thinking about how to relieve the stress on the families, and in turn, on the students heading to college. How might we provide comfort for those "left behind," which will reassure the person who is leaving... for whatever reason?