We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.
Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)
Off CaMpus Considerations
Visiting a college usually includes a leisurely walk around campus, seeing buildings and dorms, and maybe a stop to enjoy the cafeteria. It is a confined and perfectly canned presentation that allows you to focus entirely on the school.
As well appointed as colleges campuses have become, not everything that a student needs can be accessed at school. Groceries, necessary clothing, entertainment and, if necessary, medical needs live outside the confines of the school campus. Making sure that the area surrounding the campus is safe and well-resourced to meet all your student’s needs is an important step that many families forget about.
Take a look around and see what is within walking distance from campus. There should be a convenient store that your student can get necessities from, such as a Walgreens or CVS. And, as you locate those places, does the walking route seem safe and well lit? It doesn’t matter what college your student attends, they should be cautioned to never walk alone, especially at night.
Where can your student get some new jeans or shoes, if the need arises? Is there a Target, Walmart, or a mall nearby? Besides the social events offered by the school and affiliated fraternities and sororities, where can students find a movie theater, bowling alley, or miniature golf course? If these are not within walking distance, and your student doesn’t have a car, how can they get there? Does the school provide periodic transportation?
If your student needs to receive medical care that goes beyond what the school infirmary offers, where will he/she go? Does that facility accept your medical insurance? How will your student get there safely? Please remember to give your son/daughter a copy of your insurance card and have them keep it with them at all times. Accidents are called accidents because they aren’t planned.
Remember that a college visit needs to include not only the campus, but the surrounding area as well. Life doesn’t only happen within the safe walls of the school. And while students are smart and enterprising, make sure that all needs can be met by the town that they will soon call their second home.
Taking care of their non-Academic needs at College
For most parents in your situation, this coming fall will be the first time your son or daughter has lived away from home for an extended amount of time. You’ve already planned for their academic needs and selected the college that is the perfect fit for their future.
In addition to the school, be sure to check into local medical offerings that they can go to if injured. It may also be very helpful to find a credit card your student can use that you can help them manage and keep track of. Be sure to set clear expectations and boundaries so that they can continue to learn important life skills. (Even though they’re growing up, they still need you!)
Looking forward to a summer off? I bet they are!
Taking a summer class at a local community college will keep your son or daughter sharp during the off months and may be a great way to lessen the workload during their freshmen year. (Just be sure to check with your college admissions office to make sure the credit transfers.)
Consider a summer job that is aligned with their college major or career choice. There are multiple benefits – builds practical skills, expands their professional network and teaches valuable skills that they’ll need for college success!
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