Getting a college education means acquiring knowledge and gaining additional skills. However, it's also about exploring new ideas and opportunities in life. That additional freedom also means increased responsibility for the student. It can take a lot of self-discipline to go to class every day when so many other opportunities abound.
Coping with these new ideas and opportunities is not always easy. For most students, college is neither harder nor easier than high school. It's just different. The same is true for parents.
The hardest part is often "letting go". College is part of a student's search for maturity and self-identity. Parents or guardians need to change their style of parenting with their college-age students. Although students still need love and support, the parental figures in their lives need to become less involved.
Explore the topics below to help make the transition a smooth one:
- Plan for your student's move to college. Know how to get there and what to bring with you.
- Be prepared for changes. Growth and change are part of the college experience.
- Learn how to stay connected. There are a variety of ways to keep in touch.
- Discuss financial and credit issues. Have a plan to handle everyday expenses.
- Understand how to stay healthy. Discuss health-related issues with your student.
- Learn how to stay safe. Review tips on personal safety with your student.