The following is a month-by-month walk through the major transitional issues in a fairly typical freshman year. Certainly these will look a little different from student to student, but after many years of observation and experience, these major themes remain fairly consistent.
Following them to the letter won’t assure you and your student a trouble-free year, but, hopefully, knowing what to expect might minimize the anxiety just a little; for both of you.
- Excitement & Anxiety about the unknown
- Making sure reminders of home are packed
- Celebrate the transition from High School to College
- Conversations about Alcohol & other drugs
Tips for Successful Parenting
This is the most significant transition in your student’s life to date. It presents a great opportunity to express your pride, hope and trust in them as they prepare to leave. It’s okay to tell them how you feel as long as you’re careful not to make them responsible for your feelings.
Though students may have been exposed or experimented with alcohol and other drugs in high school, the freedom of the college atmosphere can be one in which new boundaries are explored and challenged. Having direct conversations about serious issues such as these before students leave for campus help develop self-competency.