The Rhythm of College Life — August & September
Certain times of the academic year tend to be universally challenging to students. Families who understand the ups and downs of the academic year are better able to coach their students to navigate these changes. During the months of August and September, families can expect various emotions and actions from their student, especially first-year students. Students may begin to exhibit excitement as they prepare for the transition, while also mixed with some amount of anxiety about roommates, professors, classes and final exams. Once students have arrived on campus, families may expect that the student will test their new-found freedom, coupled with frequent calls to home and possibly homesickness and loneliness. Parents can encourage students to stay on campus regularly during weekends in order to make friends and begin to feel at home on campus. For parents who are able to do so, a visit from the family to campus may be just what the student needs to feel the comfort of home, yet stay engaged with the campus community. Parents can also work with their student to plan visits home in advance so the student has something to look forward to while they adjust to campus life. One of the best ways to support your student is by understanding the transitioning role of the parent — to help your student develop into a responsible, healthy adult!