This is the second of two posts which consider your college student and what she may be experiencing in the transition to college; and what your new role may be in the college experience.
In our last post, we considered some characteristics of the new college student in your family. In this post, let’s think a bit about your new role as a college parent.
This is a transitional time for everyone.
Your student is not the only one who is going through a transitional time. Sometimes we become so focused on the changes that are occurring for our student, that we forget that changes will be occurring for us as well. Or perhaps we are all too well aware of the changes that will be taking place in our lives, and we need to put things in perspective.
Remembering that this is a time of transition for everyone is helpful. Because your student may be feeling stress as they head off to college, they may try your patience. Recognizing why this is happening helps. It also may help to recognize that your patience may be a bit shorter than usual because you are stressed as well. If this is your first child to go to college, you may be working hard to keep up with all of the necessary paperwork, and finances, and new terms, and necessary shopping and logistics. You may be wondering what life at home will be like without your student there. If this is your last child to go to college, you will definitely be facing some changes at home, and this can be both emotional and stressful.