College Freshmen: How to Help Your Teen Transition Into College Life! by Kelli Porcaro
It's hard to believe, but we are only a month away to back-to-school time. Sending your teen off to college can be both exciting and scary!! Within the first week of school, college freshmen immediately face the stress of separating from family and friends. They struggle with a need to belong, the responsibility of decisions and priorities, social and academic pressures, and possibly employment. With greater self awareness, students will be able to:
- engage in healthy and supportive relationships
- navigate social and emotional stress and anxiety
- align their focus, decisions and choices with what matters most
Start talking now with your teens about the transition to school. What are they excited about? What are they nervous about? What's most important within the first 30 days? What types of clubs and activities do they want to check out?
Help your son or daughter to understand that they are not alone if they are feeling anxious or nervous. Encourage him or her to connect with someone they know and trust – someone they can talk with about some of the challenges they will be facing. And mom, this is a good tip for you as well!