#062 – Understanding College Senioritis and How Parents Can Help

Although the transition into college in a common topic, we don’t talk enough about college seniors and their transition out of school. In this episode Lynn and Vicki explore the reasons so many college seniors feel paralyzed, disconnected, and anxious. Understanding the factors that influence a student’s ability to cope with the changes they are experiencing can help parents support their student through this time. Parents can help their student recognize this transition as a normal part of a whole developmental journey and encourage them as they take their next steps.

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Although we hear a lot about high school senioritis, that slump that sets in after those college admission letters are received, we don’t hear as much about college senioritis. But college students are not immune to feeling some malaise during their senior year.

Although it’s clear that, after sixteen years or more as a student, it’s not surprising that students are tired, the reasons for college senioritis can be very different from high school.

We shared 13 factors in this episode that may be affecting your student’s attitude during their senior year – and some of them may be surprising.  We discussed the finality of it all, job pressure, life pressure, expectations, looming debt, loss of friends, graduate school, priorities, all that needs to get done, feelings of comfort, independence, reality, and adulthood.

We also shared some suggestions for how parents can support their student through this phase, and how important it is to see this as a positive developmental change for your student.

One book we mentioned was Jeffrey Arnett’s Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties.

We also talked about Amanda Morin’s book Adulting Made Easy: Things Someone Should Have Told You About Getting Your Grown-up Act Together.

As you’re thinking about your college senior, you might also be interested in these articles:

Boomerang Kids: When Graduation Means a Move Back Home

Getting to Know Your Emerging Adult College Student

12 Topics Parents Should Cover to Help College Students with Financial Literacy

8 Factors That Can Help Your Student Land a Job and Build a Career

What Your College Student May Be Looking for in a Job

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