Don't call me, I'll call you
For many students, going to college may be the first time they are leaving home and the family. Unlike home, your student may have to live in a large, residence community with many other students. And unlike summer camp, this is a living situation in which they can't leave after only a week or two! Learning to share a bedroom with someone new, finding a friendly face to share a meal, and adjusting to the rigors of a competitive academic program can be a difficult cultural shift for many students. Although most students are able to make this transition smoothly within the first few months of College, there are those who might need a little more time to acclimate to this brand, new world. Here are some tips to help your student make the adjustment to Cal.
- Try to normalize their fears and anxieties and let them know that it takes time to adjust to a new environment.
- Encourage them to get out of their room, get involved and start building their social networks.
- Check in with your students to see how they would like to stay in contact (e.g. phone, texting, twitter, e-mail, skyping, Facebook). Have an understanding of who should initiate the call, when and how often.