How To Prepare Your Kids For Their First Year Of College

Sending your child off to college can be a frightening yet exciting time in both of your lives. While your child may feel as though they are ready for all of the excitement and new experienced that college will bring, it is extremely important to make sure that they go in prepared and knowing exactly what to expect. By ensuring that they are prepared for their first year of college, you are starting their new life chapter off on the right foot and providing them with all of the essentials that they will need to get by while in school and out on their own. There are several different things that you are able to do as a parent to make your child’s transition into their first year of college a successful one.

prepare kids for first year of collegePacking the Right Things

After your student has decided where they would like to go to college, have been accepted and know where they will be living on or off campus, it’s time to start packing. This is where your role will play an extremely helpful part in ensuring that they are prepared with their journey. First, you will need to assist them in decided what they really need and have the space for versus what they want to bring along with them. Some basics that should be packed include mini-ITX computers from Steatite Embedded as they will not take up a lot of room in the dorm, school books, bedding, a few photographs of friends and family, cash to get them started and a credit card for emergency use only. Many colleges even provide lists of essential items to pack for your big arrival at college, which can be a huge help in deciding exactly what to bring.

Encourage Students to Make Connections

It has been proven that students are more likely to succeed during their freshman year by simply connecting with the right people at their college. To help them prepare, take your child to orientations and college visits and encourage them to introduce themselves to faculty members in areas of the school that interest them. Teachers will notice students who take the initiative to speak with them before the school year has even begun.

Support Services at College

One of the best ways that you can help your child to prepare and succeed during their first year at college is by providing them with a list of supportive services that are available on campus. This could be anything from hotlines that they can call with any problems to places to visit when in need of insight or information pertaining to their academic and social life.

- Annabelle Smyth (Guest Writer)

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