Congratulations on being the parent of a Moc! A student’s decision to pursue a college education is rich with possibilities for change and growth. It is a time of great celebration, for goals achieved and dreams for the future, but it can also be a very stressful time in your child's life. Your student will soon address a variety of new challenges associated with being away from home and living and learning in a new environment. The challenge of their academics, and their need for self-initiative and development of new friendships are important lessons to be learned.
It is also a time of change for the family; for parents, siblings and extended family members. The way families typically interact, communicate and provide support may be altered by the student’s schedules of work and study. There may be less frequent opportunities to visit home. Parents and family also undergo change as the absence of the student is experienced on a daily basis. In the midst of their own transition, parents may also be called upon to help the student adapt to stressful events and navigate the challenges of being away from home.
We are excited about partnering with you to help your student succeed. Below are some tips which could assist you and your student in adjusting to college life:
- Let your student do things on their own with the guidance and support from you. Direct them to appropriate people and places and let them try on their own before handling things yourself
- Don't overreact if your student calls home tearful and anxious during the first month or two. You know your child best and if you think they need help guide them towards the resources provided
- Read the academic catalog so you can understand the rules and regulations to better guide your student if he / she is having difficulty
- Encourage your student to manage his / her time through the use of a planner and a wall calendar
- Make sure your student is aware of important dates on the academic calendar such as drop/add, withdrawal, etc.
- Talk to your student about the importance of the UTC email. Many important announcements about registration, financial aid etc will come through their email.
- Talk to your student about making responsible decisions in regards to substance abuse, sexuality, and social activities
- Encourage your student to get involved in constructive campus organizations to help him / her build leadership skills. A well-rounded individual is more employable after graduation
- If your son / daughter has a documented disability, recommend that he / she register with the Office of Students with Disabilities. It is better to have a student on file if they need services mid semester; than to need the services and have to wait on the registration process
- Encourage your student to talk with his / her professor if he / she experiences difficulty in the classroom. The professor may provide the student with study tips for exams and other useful study tips
- Encourage your son / daughter to carry an "in case of emergency" contact card along with current health insurance information
- Number 1 tip: Go to Class!
Transition Year: This is a very helpful website that addresses the issues students should think about as the make the transition into the college setting.