Sending your child off to college is a major event. As your child prepares to go away, you want to help, but you also want to respect that this is their moment. Here are some suggestions for what you can do:
- Help your child choose freshman classes. Talk about what they’re interested in and also consider course requirements. Encourage your child to learn more about specific classes by looking through the course syllabus online to confirm they’re interested in what the instructor plans to cover.
- Understand your tuition payment options. Some schools offer plans allowing you to spread out your payments.
- If your health insurance covers your child at college , make sure to opt out of the school’s coverage before the deadline.
- Getting ready for dorm life can be a fun activity to share. Take inventory of what you already own and bring a shopping list with you. Many stores provide helpful checklists and offer the option of selecting items locally and picking them up at the store closest to your child’s school. Suggest your child talks to his or her roommate about large items they may want to share.
- Teach your child how to do laundry. If you prefer to utilize the school’s laundry service, complete the necessary paperwork.
- Some schools assign specific move-in dates and times to their students. Make sure you’re aware of any designated schedule. Move-in often takes longer than expected. Decide if you’ll be staying over and, if so, make hotel reservations.
- Schools often provide programming and events for parents during the move in day(s). Don’t forget to sign up for events you may be interested in attending.
- Locate the nearest pharmacy and pack cold medicine, pain reliever, lozenges etc, for when your child gets sick.
- Fall/Homecoming weekend is probably one of the busiest weekends at school and the surrounding community. Make hotel and dinner reservations now so you’re not scrambling at the last minute.
This is such an exciting time for your child and you. While they’re preparing for college you can be preparing yourself and supporting them through this next big step as well.