Tips and Resources for the Transition to College
As millions of recent high school graduates prepare for the exciting, and often challenging, experience of leaving home for campus-life, a number of issues and potential worries may arise. Before the big move, families should work together to try to address these concerns and create a practical checklist to help make the transition as smooth as possible. It’s common to assume that the major obstacle in adjusting to campus life will be academic. However, research shows that emotional issues are most likely to interfere with success at college. Going off to college is a significant moment for the whole family, so take time to enjoy it, and don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family or your new school if you need help.
The Jed Foundation offers many tips and resources to help families navigate this transition:
For rising freshmen:
1. Carefully read everything that is sent to you by your college.
2. Sometime during the summer, contact the Financial Aid Office at your college to confirm exactly what scholarships, work/study and other financial aid you will be getting.
3. Find out what the computer/Internet facilities are at your college.
4. Develop a list of your Internet passwords and PINs, credit card numbers, social security number, and serial numbers for your computer and printer.
5. Make sure you have a great summer so that you are relaxed and ready to begin your exciting, new life.#
The Jed Foundation protects the mental health of students across the country, as the nation’s leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students.