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As a parent, some of the greatest joys in life are getting to watch your child grow into the person they were meant to be and witnessing their accomplishments… like, graduating and going to college!

 

Sending your child to college is a significant milestone. While this new journey can be daunting, it’s important to remember that college is more than just four years of higher education. It’s a gateway to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, personal growth, and multiple new skills.

 

You can help make the transition less stressful by preparing your child for academic, social, and emotional challenges they may face in the process.  Here are some tips to help you and your child prepare for their new home away from home and to ensure they are set up for success.

 

Take A Campus Tour

If you haven’t already, be sure to take a walk around campus. Many colleges have summer orientation which is a great opportunity for your teen to familiarize themselves with the campus. These visits will be especially beneficial if they already have their class schedule, as walking around the campus to check out each building where classes will be held can help your new student feel more confident on their first day of school.

 

Find A Place to Live

Work with your teen to secure a place to live. Many colleges require incoming freshman to live on campus for their first year. However, if they do not have to, work with your child to help them secure a safe and affordable place to live either on or off campus. If your teen has a roommate, this is also a great opportunity for them to connect and get to know them better.

 

Educate them on Money Management

Talk to your teenager about finances and how to be responsible with money while they’re away. Now that your child will have more freedom, educating them on the importance of financial responsibility can help keep them out of unnecessary debt. The summer before college is a great time to start teaching them the basics of budgeting and saving money. If they don’t already have one, have them open a checking account and get a debit card so they have access to their money. For emergencies, consider having your child apply for a student credit card. These often have low credit limits and are great to have available in the event of an emergency.

 

Share Some Life Skills

Teaching your child life skills such as cooking, doing laundry, checking the oil in their car, etc. can help make their transition to college life less stressful. Work with your child to equip them with as many life skills as possible before they go off to college. This is also a great opportunity to bond more with your child before they step into a world of their own.

 

Plan a Closet Clean Out

The summer before attending college is the perfect time to encourage your child to do a closet clean out. Unfortunately, your child will not be able to take everything they own to college with them. However, by doing a closet clean out, they’ll get a better idea as to what they already have. This can make packing for college easier and more organized.

 

Communicate the Importance of Time Management

The time leading up to college is a great time to teach your child about effective time management. While you’ve been responsible for ensuring they get up on time and make all of their appointments, the months before college are a great time to take a step back and allow them the opportunity to manage those things on their own. This is a great opportunity for your child to have a small glimpse at what being on their own could be like.

 

Discuss Work and Social Needs

College is a great opportunity for your child to discover more about themselves and shape them into who they want to be. Talk to them about the various clubs, organizations, and other opportunities available on campus they may want to participate in to meet like-minded individuals. Share with them the importance of building a network and how this can benefit them in the future both personally and professionally. If the college your child is attending holds a fair for incoming freshman to discover the campus clubs and organizations, encourage them to attend. This is always a great way to meet new people and discover what they might be interested in, as well as, possibly providing unique experiences that may benefit them in their future.