For College Freshmen, Leaving Home May Bring Mixed
-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Moving from home to attend
college or university can be exciting for students but also
somewhat overwhelming and intimidating.
There are a number of things they and their parents can do to
ease this transition, according to experts at Ryerson University in
Advice for students:
Stay positive and relax. Other new students are experiencing
the same thing you're going through. Introduce yourself to someone
new. It's likely they don't know anyone else either.
Familiarize yourself with the city. Use public transit to learn
the different travel routes. Exploration will help you find places
to get the things you need and locations for things such as fun and
If you don't know how to do something, call your family and
Even though everything is new and exciting, you need to make
classes and assignments your priority.
Make connections by checking out the numerous types of events
offered on campus. This will help you meet more people and reduce
the chances that you'll become homesick.
Take steps to ensure your safety. Check your school's Web site
for security programs or get safety advice at the student union
Advice for parents:
Offer continued support through any changes in things such as
clothing style, level of academic success, and interests.
Send pictures and news items from your hometown paper.
Don't worry if there is an initial drop in grades or your child
expresses concerns about workload.
Don't surprise your child with unannounced visits.
Write, even if your child doesn't write back.
Discuss safety issues with your child and encourage them to
find out about campus safety and security, safe travel at night,
and emergency procedures.
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