This is the third in a series of posts about the process of transferring to a new college. Our first two posts considered the decision to transfer and the process of transferring. This post looks at settling in to the new institution.
A transfer to a new college is a fresh start. Much like entering college as a new, first-year student, this fresh start can be both exciting and intimidating. As a college parent, you can help your student make this adjustment smoothly.
Be supportive of your student as he goes through a transition period. Help him be prepared for a time of adjustment. Yes, he is familiar with college life, but his new college may be very different from his old institution. He may feel out of place at first. He will have an “in between” status for a while. He is not a brand new freshman, but he is new and unfamiliar with things. This will pass, but he needs to be prepared to give it some time. He can’t assume that things will be done in the same way as they were in his old school. Encourage him to ask questions often.