Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen

Here’s how to handle all the changes going on at home and away.

By Anne Vaccaro Brady

I’ve written in previous posts about some of the issues that develop during freshman year of college. To help you find the answers you need as quickly as possible, I’ve brought the links to those posts together right here. Read and click below to find what you’re looking for.

Facing up to the changes I had asked Dr. Mabel Gilbert Freeman, then Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience at Ohio State University, to write about how parents should approach their child’s first semester. Here’s her guest post filled with very practical and sound advice.

English: Drinko Hall: Home of the Ohio State U...

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Pointing your freshman in the right direction Letting our children find their way means not fixing every problem for them. But we can teach them where to find the help they need. Read this post to understand what campus resources are available to your freshman for everything from academic problems to roommate issues.

College students get sick If your child is over 18, they are considered an adult and all the health care privacy issues that apply to you now also apply to your son or daughter.  You may not get a phone call from the health center or hospital unless your child asks for you to be contacted. Check out this post to understand what can happen when your college student is ill and what measures you can take now to ensure you will be involved in their care.

English: Picture of Marist College Student Center.

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When your freshman talks about transferring Kids give a lot of reasons for why they want to change colleges. In this post, I address some of the valid and non-valid reasons to transfer.

Making the move to transfer colleges If your student needs to transfer, then get them working on it now so that they have a chance to be in their new school by next semester. Read this post to learn how the transfer process works.

Dealing with a depressed college student I spoke to mental health experts about how parents can recognize the difference between homesickness and a more serious mental illness in their college freshman. This post covers some of the signs your child may be depressed and where to find help for them on campus.

Campus debit cards Read this post to decide if Higher One or another campus debit card is really the best banking option for your college freshman.

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2 Responses to Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen

  1. These are some truly excellent issues to cover, will be sharing this as so many parents find themselves facing at least one of these freshman issues. Great list.

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