It’s inevitable. Your child will graduate into the world of adulthood and one of the new challenges most will face is college. Most colleges have done their very best to become self contained little cities so that everything your child might need is within a short walk. However, there are events you will be responsible, as parents, for making sure your teen is prepared for. College life is not for the weak. Below are just a few of said events you can help them tackle before they get there.
First and foremost, college is all about the academics. Most colleges require your student to have at least a 19 on the ACT in order to qualify for admission. Check out their school. Be a polite critic, but make sure that your child is receiving the best education he/she can to the best of your ability. University level work is no joke. If your child is ill prepared or not prepared at all, classes will be hard and frustrating, and your young adult may drop the class or fail out of intimidation. In most cases, they will have to make up the class which ends up costing everyone time and money.
Your child has probably been able to recognize and count money since the second grade, but how many of them can make out their own budget? Have you taught them how to stick to it and how to make smart, prioritized choices on where to put their money? College brings your teen into a whole new world and this world is stacked with freedoms that can drown them if they don’t know how to be responsible with them. Bring them up to spend and save their money wisely.
Scheduling Their Time Wisely
Another thing your student should be prepared for is to spend their time as wisely as they can. When in Rome, do as the Romans is an attitude that could get your young adult in a lot of trouble time wise. Many students take the liberty in college to party, sleep through class, and then ski work to make up for what they missed. Any of us, who are successful in life, know this variety of thinking won’t get you very far in any career. There is a time for all things; school, work, sleep, and even play. Prepare your child with the skills to budget his/her time responsibly.
Going off to college is a major milestone in a child’s life. However, it can be a treacherous course to navigate, if you’re not prepared. Use these tips and give your child the tools to succeed in the next chapter of their life.