There are many stressors for young adults heading off to college: How will I find my classes? Will I like my roommate? How do I prevent the Freshman 15?
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Given that university life provides a special venue for learning about oneself and one’s interests, families are encouraged to explore these opportunities as well. Family members hope, in full earnest, that they have imparted all of the wisdom to their child that is necessary for her/him to be a whole, productive, and ultimately happy adult. Families and students may experience nervous excitement and uneasy apprehension about the transition to college. These emotions make the transition from home to university a potentially stressful one. However, those families who can make room for their own and their child’s conflicting and ever-changing feelings do find that this stage of discovery is enriching for themselves as well as for their child.
Throughout the calendar we have provided benchmarks of the first year and potential challenges that you and/or your university student might face. Our hope at Plymouth State is that we can collaborate with families as partners in the educational experience and the development of your first-year student. We understand that you are in the process of witnessing the often rapid and awkward transformation from dependent child to independent adult/child and hope that along the way you will see the fruits of your labor in creating this unique person. Now your student must learn to do and think for her/himself and we encourage you to teach them practical skills, prior to their arrival. Such skills include learning how to balance a checkbook, learning to establish healthy credit card habits, how to do laundry, as well as reviewing the values and principles that your family embraces.