Having your kid going to college can be very challenging with so many uncertainties. After so many years of being together, it can be hard to let go. Not knowing what to do or expect will scare us the most. Here are 10 tips and advice for new college parent of Virginia Tech students.
1. Start early with research and planning
Start early with college search and applications. It is never too early to start doing research on this.
2. Take the time to listen to your son or daughter
Listen to your kids before you give advice. Time for them to reason things out with you rather than have you resolve their issues!
3. Start saving money early on for college
Save money and more money- it will never be enough! College is really expensive and you will never know how much you are going to need. Research on loans and scholarships early on for Virginia Tech.
4. Allow them to make mistakes so they can learn
Start early & make a timeline for your student to use collaboratively with you. Don’t do everything for them. Allow them to make mistakes rather than running to Mom or Dad to assist with rides, asking about grades, switching roommates, checking on meal plans,etc. These are all things your student should be able to do on their own.
5. Continue to support even when they make mistakes
Yes, they will make mistakes and the ramifications may be shocking BUT they will never forget that lesson again.
6. Teach them life skills and responsibilities
Yes, they will make mistakes and the ramifications may be shocking BUT they will never forget that lesson again. Continue to support them even when they have failed.
7. Join the college parents community
Join the Virginia Tech parents facebook group (Class of 20XX) and read as much as you can before you drop off your student. It’s a lot of information, but it’s incredibly helpful and the support of the parents on the group when you or your student is struggling is very comforting.
8. Be brave and strong
First semester is hard both emotionally and education wise. Be brave and strong!!!
9. Research early on transit around the campus
Make sure you check transit to and from campus at Virginia Tech. Bus, Uber, train, plane and calculate travel costs for all holidays along with a couple “I just want to come home for the weekend”. Do not assume other kids will drive them to where they need to be.
10. Find help as soon as possible when needed
If you know that your kid is struggling with some courses at VT, find a tutor ASAP! Don’t wait till the last minute before the final exam. It’s always better to prepare early.
Note: These tips are provided by current parents of Virginia Tech students