Transition Tips for Parents
- Check our website for all relevant deadlines and important dates – but make sure that your student is taking the lead on meeting those deadlines. This is a great opportunity for them to start making their own decisions while still enjoying some guidance from you.
- Encourage your student to contact us with any questions. Privacy laws prohibit us from discussing their residence agreement with you unless they provide us with written consent. By asking their own questions, they’ll begin the transition to a more independent lifestyle – and they’ll feel that much more comfortable asking questions while in residence.
- Talk about money. It’s important that your student understands how much money is available to them, and what happens once it runs out. This is a great time to have a discussion (or refresher) on budgeting and expenses.
- Don’t worry too much if you don’t hear from them as much as you thought you might – they have a new life with new friends – and university life is busy. Of course, please feel free to contact us if you feel there is a need for concern.
- Encourage your student – this is a time of change and uncertainty for them, and you may find yourself receiving calls and e-mails with conflicting emotions and moods. Be aware that they will make mistakes, but remember that it’s all part of the learning process.