Your life will change when your student heads off to college. A new family dynamic is created, especially if it’s your first student leaving home. You may experience confusion, helplessness and a sense of void in your life as your student leaves home and becomes more independent. Resist the temptation to tell your student that you’re struggling with your own separation anxiety. Let students know they’re missed, but be positive and encourage them.
Your student will undergo many transitions during the college years: moving into a dorm, learning how to succeed academically, choosing a major, and graduating, to name a few. Some of these may be particularly challenging, others may be smooth and easy. Students need your love and assurance, and time to adjust. It is important to remember that these challenges are a normal, healthy part of the college experience.