Whether you are dropping a child off at college this year, or you still have a few years before you do, there are things all parents should know prior to that life changing day.
WFMY News 2 talked with Elon University Associate Vice President of Student Life, Jana Lynn Patterson about some ways parents can handle the transition.
"Give them the skills to handle the bumps in the road. The more they are able to small scale things, they will be able to deal with the large scale things," said Patterson.
Should parents use a hand-off approach?
Patterson: We don't recommend a hands-off approach, but more of a 'holding hand through the process' approach. Our experience is they will gain confidence and become mature through the process. Parents should help their student know they have resources on campus.
How often should parents communicate with their child?
Patterson: We believe in letting students have their space. Parents should let kids know what would worry them. It is a good idea to establish call times. We don't recommend leaving that open. We also don't recommend talking everyday because if a call is missed, it will signify a problem that isn't there.
What should a parent do if a child is homesick?
Patterson: A homesick student is a good sign. It is a good idea to check in with them a couple times a week, set boundaries before coming home and let them know they have resources on campus. Once the student is engaged on campus, they won't be homesick.
What is something students should know?
Patterson: Students should remember this is a transition for everyone, be engaged on campus and know the experience might not be as perfect as you expected it to be.