According to recent research, stress is on the rise among college and university aged individuals. Moving from high school to a post-secondary institution, especially one that is abroad, can be a lot for anyone to handle. As a parent, one might want to help the students in their family but not know what steps to take. Luckily, there’s a list for that:
- Encourage students to seek help if they need it. Counselors and support groups and are willing to help if students are willing to share what they’re going through.
- Put yourself in their shoes. Even if you haven’t pursued your own post-secondary education, share stories about challenges you’ve faced.
- Set expectations. Make sure they know what you hope they can achieve and listen to them if they think your goals are unrealistic.
- Let them know the standards are higher now. It can be hard adjusting to studying on your own and having deadlines that aren’t flexible. Save them the trouble of having to learn this the hard way.
- Forgive mistakes. No one is perfect and there are always bumps in the road for students. Teach them that it’s okay to mess up as long as they learn their lesson and work to get better over time.