As a college parent, we want nothing more than for our college student to be successful in college. Although that success may look slightly different to different parents and families, important measures of success for most of us are certainly competence, grades, happiness, and a job after college.
Students are responsible for their own behavior in college. As parents, we have raised them and prepared them for their college journey. We continue to be involved and to support our student, but she must make her own decisions and take responsibility for her actions. Our role, as a college parent, changes. However, as the coach on the sidelines, we can do much to suggest options to our student which will help guide her toward her success. Some students may need more reminding and guiding than others, but students will make choices which will determine their path.
We’d like to suggest some choices and actions that you can encourage in your college student to help him increase his chances of a successful college experience. Of course, there is no magic bullet, and sometimes even those students who make all of the right choices may hit rough patches, but these suggestions may help to guide your student toward success and increased confidence. Encourage your student to consider some of the following.