Tips for Transition
The transition to college can be overwhelming for your any student. As a parent, guardian, or family member of a new college student, you play an important part in your student’s successful transition and subsequent academic and social success at GVSU.
Here are a few tips to help you help them through the process.
- Encourage students to ask questions and solve problems
- Ask students what they think they should do
- Send positive messages about your pride in their efforts
- Encourage taking risks that create positive results
- Share that healthy behavior is a result of practice
- Role model an adult relationship with your student
- Encourage developing new friendships at GVSU
- Always suggest consulting with a staff person for advice
- Ask follow-up questions when concerned about behavior
- Help your student understand that the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) does not allow you access to their educational files or to handle situations for them
- Suggest talking with roommates about problems (in person) as it relates to sharing space
- Love them regardless of the results
- Encourage your student to get involved in campus events — Laker Late Night, Student Organizations, intramurals, sporting and cultural events, etc..
- Encourage them to find a great place they feel comfortable studying (which may be outside of their living center room)
- Encourage them to work toward balance concerning diet, sleep, exercise, and relaxation
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