Summary: If your child is going off to college soon, read the tips below to learn how you can help him or her settle in.
College can be an extremely fun experience. Taking interesting classes, learning about different topics with like-minded individuals, going on adventures, and simply having a good time all help shape students and prepare them for post-school life. If your child is planning on moving out to attend university, you may feel overwhelmed about what to do to make sure your child will be fine on their own. Below are some tips on what you can do to help your child get situated on campus and prepared to live on their own.
Know Your Surroundings
When your child is at university it will help if they know where they are going. Your child could be taking over four classes in any given week, and there is a possibility that each of these classes will be located in a different part of campus. Help your child by printing out a map of the college campus and marking where their lectures will be. This will surely help them in the beginning of the semester, as they will not need to worry about getting to class on time.
Additionally, you could also help by walking around campus with your son or daughter, so they will get more familiar with where things are. Find the bookstore, places to eat both on and off campus, grocery stores, and so on. Your child will be staying there for the next few years, so the more at-home they feel, the better.
While your child was living at home, he or she likely did not have to worry about paying for groceries, transportation, and other needs. While at university, your child will be presented with a number of options. Sit down with them and discuss the importance of budgeting. The more aware of their spending they are, the smarter financial decisions they will likely make. Going out to eat or out to a party is always fun, but they need to be sure they have enough money for groceries, school supplies, and other necessities, as well.