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Tips for Students & Families

When you transition to college, families experience significant changes. We have compiled some tips to assist with the ups and downs of the first year.

Keep it Open

Openly discuss any concerns or fears you and your family have before leaving for college. Talk about your expectations related to academic achievement, financial responsibility, safety precautions, and how you'll hold each other accountable.

Stay in Touch

Maintaining a healthy balance of communication helps you build independence while also providing you with an important connection to home. We suggest discussing expectations about regular communications with your families.

  • How often can we expect to be in touch?
  • Do we want to schedule weekly phone calls/video chats?
  • When can you visit me on campus this semester?
  • What weekends or breaks do you plan on coming home? What rules will apply? (curfew, chores, spending time with old friends, etc.)

Build a Support System

College friendships and professional relationships can last a lifetime. Develop friendships, build a support system outside of your family and take advantage of professional development opportunities, extracurricular activities and campus life.

  • Do you plan on inviting roommates or friends home?
  • What are you planning to do outside of your class time?
  • What involvements interest you?
  • What internship opportunities have you considered?

Prepare and Plan

One of the most important discussions you can have with your family is to develop a safety plan. In the event of an emergency, it will be critical to have a plan in place so you and your family are operating from the same set of expectations. Work together to develop a list of emergency contacts and supports you can call upon and utilize in case they are needed.