College presents new opportunities for students to make decisions and
become independent adults. Changes of this magnitude evoke mixed
emotions in both students and parents. The excitement of a new beginning
is often accompanied by worry about being successful.
Anxiety is common among students transitioning to college – this is
temporary. Your student may become irritable or tense, feel overwhelmed
or show other behavioral changes.
You may be wondering how your relationship will change. As a parent,
you have been heavily invested in your son/daughter's academic, personal
and social development. You were encouraged to take an active role in
his/her education by attending meetings and checking grades on the web.
You may feel obliged to continue this level of involvement during the
college years. However, it is not helpful for your student when you
continue to make decisions or manage responsibilities for him/her.
We encourage you to allow your son/daughter to use this time to
develop skills for transitioning into adulthood. Students who are
trusted by parents have more self-confidence.
Your student will still need you, especially for support with
difficult decisions and during life's ups and downs, but it's important
that you trust him/her to make the right choices.
If you have specific concerns about your student, you may call the Senior Director of Enrollment Development at 410-386-8405.