You have a new college student headed to school for the first time in late August or September. You may be feeling relieved that the college search and application process is over, but also a bit anxious about what may lie ahead. Your student is busily connecting with new friends on Facebook and saying goodbye to old friends at home. In between, your student may be shopping for cool dorm room furnishings and possibly even reading an assigned summer book.
You may wonder what you should or could be doing this summer to stay involved, while letting your student take the lead for the college process. Here is a short list to get you started. Spend some time this summer getting familiar with your student’s school, and also having some important conversations with your student. Let your student take the lead, but be armed with some information and ideas just in case you’re needed.