The summer before the first year of college. It is an interesting summer – for both parents and students. There is the anticipation and excitement – but that is coupled with stress, nerves, and the emotions of leaving home and friends behind. Parents need to be especially patient – both with themselves and with their students – as you both navigate this new territory.
One of the characteristics of this summer before college is that feeling of in-between that most high school graduates/not yet college freshmen feel. They are of both worlds, yet not really of either. It is a strange, somewhat homeless feeling for many students.
No longer high school
It is likely that for much of the last year of high school your senior couldn’t wait to be done. The focus for several years has been on getting into college – the grades, the activities, the college visits, the applications, the acceptance, the decision. Once the goal of college admission was accomplished, many students settled into a few weeks, or months, of senioritis – finishing out the year.