Nobody is happier than a parent when their teens are finally going to college.
You are probably super excited that your children have been accepted into a university after four years of ups and downs in high school.
That’s normal. You are just really proud.
But with your excitement, you might put so much pressure on their shoulder, which you do not want to happen.
High school is stressful. College life is more challenging and complicated, from many deadlines, recitations, a pile of projects to terror professors.
As a parent, you want your teens not to worry much. But if it is your first time sending a child to a college or university, you probably do not have any idea where and how to help them.
Below, I present you with some tips to help prepare your children to another milestone in their lives. Take a close look at the following:
Talk to Them and Set Goals
Maybe, you have been busy in the office and do not have enough time to talk to your children.
You know they are responsible, independent, and hard-working. But a minute of talking to them can make a big difference, remember.
I know it would be difficult to find time to speak with your teens about their college life, especially when you work more than eight hours a day.
But that is not a good reason. While you are prepping breakfast, it is a perfect opportunity to communicate with your teens. It is also a good time to catch up with them.
Take that chance to help your children set career goals. Give them the freedom to decide on their lives. Plus, you just have to be supportive.
Encourage Your Children to Set and Maintain a Healthy Routine
Studies have shown that more than 45% of American college students suffer from stress.
Experts say a healthy lifestyle can play a significant role.
Having at least eight hours of sleep should not be ignored. While they need to burn the midnight oil to prepare for recitations, exams, and reports, remind them to have a good night’s sleep to boost their concentration, avoid anxiety, and improve their productivity.
Switching to a healthy routine, however, will not be easy. You can make yourself a role model, of course. You can be conscious to what you eat and go to the gym.
As they grow up witnessing this kind of routine, they will not have a hard time establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is what my parents did to me, and it’s extremely effective.
Get to Know a Guidance Counselor
Although it might not be necessary as everything is now available over the internet, it is still helpful to get to know a guidance counselor and other professionals in the high school that your children are studying.
Many people believe that a guidance counselor only has experience in college admission deadlines and other requirements.
But this specialist goes beyond that. They can gauge what college may be suitable for your teens. During your spare time, you can contact them. Alternatively, you can visit their office for more information.
Research says that around 75% of students struggle with what career path they want to take. If your children are one of them, it is worth it to ask for help from a guidance counselor.
Search for the Best College Campuses
Your kids are already aware of what profession they want to take and practice in the future. That’s good.
But what college or university can help your teens unleash their full potential and become the person they envision?
You probably have done some research on the best campuses. How’s the experience? There are many options, right?
Maybe, your children are quite overwhelmed by now. The trick here is to identify and assess the credibility of the university.
How long has it been in the business? Do they have highly competent and award-winning professors? How about the facility, equipment, and technology? What are the rates of their tuition fees?
These are some questions you and your children can weigh in mind.
While searching for information online may help, conducting a campus visit is more helpful than you have thought in the first place.