Fall is here and it’s time to head off to college. Whether your child is a freshman or a senior, it can be hard to adjust to campus life. Here are a few ways that you can make the transition easier.
1. Tools of success
It’s the 21st century and pen and paper don’t cut it anymore. Supplying your child with a laptop or desktop PC means the difference between leisurely composing a paper in the comfort of their own room and a tense session of furious typing on a library computer.
2. It’s the thought that counts
When your child is away at school, let them know that you haven’t forgotten them by sending them care packages. Whether it includes their favorite snacks or a few packets of ink and toner for their printer, a well-stuffed care package is just the thing to make college blues disappear. A little money tucked into the bottom of the package will definitely be welcomed.
Encourage your child to develop good habits like studying and visiting professors in their offices. 30 percent of freshmen drop out after the first year, so make sure you stress the importance of going to class. Older students may have senioritis, and need just as much encouragement to go to class regularly. Don’t forget to advise your child to actually pay attention to lectures. The road to academic achievement does not begin with sleeping in class.
Resist the urge to shell out a pile of cash for the books on your child’s syllabus. Certain books may have to be purchased from the bookstore, but they will be much cheaper if you look for them online. If you and your child are on a budget, wait until after the first day of class to buy books. Professors often announce that they have changed the required reading on the first day.
5. Financial aid
Thoroughly research financial aid options with your child. Look into any scholarships that they might be eligible for. A bit of research can mean the difference between a modest price tag and a crippling debt.
6. Hands off
After giving guidance to your child, walk away. College is an important time of independence for young adults. Be a laissez-faire parent. You will be there when they need you, but don’t be overbearing. The last thing you want is the dorm talking about how your child has a helicopter parent.
By dispensing sound advice to your student and supporting them emotionally and financially, you can help them on their way to academic success.
This is a guest post written by Hannah Whittenly. Hannah is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.
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