Sending My Child to College
It's Move-in Day...
It’s move-in day for first-year students…and your daughter is one of them! Cars and trucks are filled to the brim with boxes, suitcases and just “stuff” that finds its way into your child’s new home. This is the College campus where your daughter is going to spend the next four years of her life.
It’s transition time and the first year is going to be difficult—for both of you! As you help your daughter in her college search, you can also prepare for this moment by finding out that there are tips and suggestions that will help both of you when that first day finally comes.
Helpful Hints For College Parenting
- It is important to send lots of mail, even if you don’t get any in return.
- Plan a campus visit to spend time with your daughter.
- Remember to treat your daughter as an adult.
- Encourage your daughter to participate in campus organizations and activities.
- Encourage your daughter to foster a good relationship with her academic advisor and to continue to seek their advice throughout their academic career.
- Make sure that your daughter keeps the registrar’s office informed of address changes.
- Be patient with your daughter.
- Teach your daughter how to balance a checkbook and handle other financial responsibilities before she leaves home.
- Remind your daughter to be aware of personal safety issues, both on and off campus.
- Don’t panic.
- Buy your daughter a school store gift certificate.
- Trust them.
- Don’t tell your daughter that college should be the best years of her life.
(Excerpted from the University of Tennessee Web site.)
(These titles are not based on the recommendations of Bay Path College, but are a starting point in your quest for more information.)