As a college parent, we want nothing more than for our college student to be successful in college. Although that success may look 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 they must make their own decisions and take responsibility for their actions. Our role, as a parent, changes. However, as the coach on the sidelines, we can do much to suggest options to our student which will help guide them toward success. Some students may need more reminding and guiding than others, and 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 them increase their 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.