How to Prep Your Senior for Campus Life

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Preparing for your senior to go to college is exciting but stressful since it is a new world. There are so many things to consider and it can take a lot of work to get started when balancing many new changes. A positive start to college will start them on a good note to have the best years of their lives. When counting down the days left of high school, it can be anxiety-provoking to think of the unknown.

 Here are some ways to prepare your senior for campus life.

1. Discuss Living Arrangements

After your senior decides where to go to college, you must choose living arrangements.  Depending on the college or university your senior determines, they may need to choose from a selection of dormitories, apartments or shared houses. Most of the time, students are required to live in a dorm for at least the first year they go. 

Have an open and honest conversation about the living arrangement they are comfortable with since certain dorms or housing have different layouts. Although there may not be any ideal options, find what fits them best and get started looking for possible roommates.  

2. Improve Socialization Skills  

Socializing effectively in college is important for making friends and connecting with professors. Before you step on campus till your last day, you will need to be able to communicate with other people in a professional and social matter. Good social skills start with a high level of self-awareness and identifying strengths and weaknesses in your communication. 

Your kids will have the opportunity to meet friends, connect during orientations and join clubs for which they need social skills. These are basic social skills you should practice with your kids. 

  • Eye contact
  • Body language
  • Active listening 
  • Verbal communication

3. Plan Packing

When your senior is off to school, they must bring most of their belongings. It can be daunting, so starting to pack ahead of time will help the process be more bearable. Pack things that you got specifically for school and won’t need during the summer. As time gets closer, pack things you don’t need for the rest of the summer so you only have essential items to get together right before the day comes. 

Make a list of things you need like bedding, clothing and toiletries, so everything is remembered in the process.  When you start early, you will feel more organized and prepared.  

4. Discuss Finances 

You might be sharing responsibility for finances or it is all your kid to cover. College can be expensive, from tuition to textbooks to social life. Come up with a way to manage finances and discuss the cost. Plan how you will keep up with paying all the expenses that come with college. Help them understand how to create and manage a budget and fill out any financial aid they need. 

5. Make a Study Plan 

Social and academic life are difficult to balance for first-year students in college. Help them devise a plan for managing their time with school and being social. It is their first real-time, so navigating these moments will take trial and error. Lay out a schedule that sets them up for success and see how it works and what you can adjust as they start their time on campus. 

6. Plan Transportation

As a freshman, your kids might not be able to have their car on campus. You may need to arrange rides with people you know, make time to give them rides or look at options the school provides. Ensure they have a place for getting from place to place on campus and when returning home. There may be more expenses that come along with it if you do decide to take a car since parking and gas will add up. 

7. Discuss Health and Safety

Going to college means your child has the opportunity to learn and grow. It also means they will have to face many challenges on their own. They will have to take care of their physical and mental health in this journey and make healthy choices. Talk about things like getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising. It can be hard to balance the school workload, but it is equally as crucial to their success. 

Additionally, you will want to talk about risks like drug and alcohol use. Prepare them for situations where they need to stay safe if it is dangerous. Having an open and honest conversation is the best way to get through to them. 

8. Plan for the Future

Heading to campus is the first step into your child’s future. Talk about aspirations and goals and help them take steps to reach them. Encourage them to join clubs or get involved with organizations to enhance their experience further. 

Enjoy the Ride 

Heading off to college is a day your kid will never forget. The next couple of years will fly by and build them as a person. Prepare them and let them go to have the best moments of their life.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Erica
Erica
9 months ago

Good advice, but it is important that he just be ready for the educational load and the tasks that will be set for him. Now many students are lazy and it is not uncommon to use cheating methods to pass their training. For example, I read about ai that writes essays, and I think that hundreds of students will want to use it to simplify some work

Oliver
Oliver
9 months ago

In fact, these are good tips, you just need to have a clear training plan and everything you need. In fact, he just needs a few books, notebooks and a pen like a zebra f 402 so that he can write his lectures and his essays. He can handle everything else.