August will be full of excitement as your son or daughter prepares for his or her UD experience. August and the start of the fall semester bring adjustments in all aspects of a student's life. Whether it is packing items for the new residence hall room, or discussing expectations and the mixture of emotions, your household will be going through many changes. Parent and student communication is especially important during this time. Provide reassurance, but resist the urge to step in and take care of your son or daughter's dilemmas.
Anxiety along with excitement of a new living situation
Assuming responsibility of day-to-day activities
Anxiety of leaving high school friends or friends at home
Worry about making friends and fitting in on campus
Anxiety of a more challenging academic environment
How will my life change when my son or daughter leaves for college?
How will I successfully challenge and support my student?
What way will I get involved with my student's university experience?
Reflect upon the transitional changes you may experience and how these will impact the family
Discuss with your son or daughter how these changes can be exciting and may be filled with many emotions
Consider discovering a new hobby or activity
Acknowledge the role your son or daughter has in the family and celebrate this role and the changes to come