What Parents Can Do To Help Their Kids Transition to College

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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.

University Study Abroad: Good for the Character and the Bank Balance

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Students choose to further their education overseas for a variety of reasons. Some want to go on an adventure, some see tuition more affordable than in their home country and others hope to improve their career prospects. While the idea of studying abroad is often enticing to students, parents usually have a harder time accepting it.

There are a few things the parents of international students can do to adjust to their children traveling abroad. First, they have to trust that this experience will be beneficial. Students who go overseas to pursue higher education have been seen to gain confidence, life skills, maturity and better their self-awareness.

Social media can be very important. Whether scheduling regular video chats or just seeing pictures and posts online, parents can still keep up to date on what’s going on in the lives of their children.

It is also important for parents to do their homework. Understand the campus and the city that the student will be staying in. Talk to others who have spent time at the institution and learn as much as possible in order to feel comfortable. Canada Campus Visits encourages parents and students to join us on our campus tours so everyone can have the chance to see what Canadian colleges and universities are like.