A whopping 80% of college students say that they feel stressed, according to The American Institute of Stress. The cost of college, as well as new living and working environments, can really take its toll on college kids. But so long as you offer advice, and guidance, as you are supporting your child at school they will be sure to flourish during the critical college years.
Discuss financial responsibilities
An average year at college will cost between $10,116 and $36,801, depending on whether the college is public or private and in-state or out-of-state. Most kids will have had very little financial responsibility prior to heading to college, so make sure you financially prepare them. This should include making it clear how much of the cost (if any) you’re prepared to cover and how much you expect them to contribute. Be sure to stress the importance of getting a part-time job during their studies and help them to write a CV, apply for vacancies, and prepare for interviews.
A helping hand
28% of college students worry about their academic performance, according to the American Psychological Association. There’s no need for students to worry, though, as they can obtain college essay help easily. Many students use online resources that show them how to write, structure, and edit essays so that they can be confident about receiving a good mark. As a parent, it’s a good idea to point your child in the direction of these types of useful resources. It can also help to offer to read through your child’s work before they submit it too.
50% of college students attend a college that’s more than 100 miles from their parents’ home. While this can benefit their independence, it can also make your child feel isolated and alone. It’s a good idea to set up regular phone calls, video calls, and visits with your child so that they can ask for your advice and support if needed or just have a general chat. This also allows you to check that your child is doing okay and to see if there’s anything you can do to help make college life a little bit easier.
Heading to college is an exciting but often stressful experience for most kids. As a parent, it’s essential that you play a supporting role in this transition and guide your child in the right direction during this period of their life.