How can you help your college student?

These next steps are important for an easy transition to college.

  • Make sure they have connected with their roommate and have discussed what items they will bring.
  • Work with your student to sign up for a meal plan and discuss healthy eating habits.
  • Will your student have the same bank that they do now? If they do not have a bank account, support them by getting one set up.
  • Will your student bring a car to campus? Make sure to discuss the pros and cons of this with your student.
  • Have your student schedule their doctor’s appointment to fill out their Health and Immunization Form and send it to Gardner-Webb.
  • Arrange for prescriptions to be filled. Review healthcare options in Boiling Springs and Shelby.
  • Pack health and emergency kit to include insurance card, over- the-counter medications, flashlight, etc.
  • Create a communication plan with your student. How often will you talk when he or she comes to Gardner-Webb?
  • What is the best way to manage their time? Do they need a planner or will they use their phone?
  • Discuss the differences between high school and college. How and where will they study?
  • Make sure you sign and discuss the FERPA form with your student.

List of Reading Material for Parents and Families

  • Your Freshman is Off to College: A Month-by-Month Guide to the First Year (Hazard and Carter)
  • The Parents’ Survival Guide to Freshman Year of College (Borden, Burlinson and Kearns)
  • Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years (Coburn & Treeger)
  • When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents’ Survival Guide (Barkin)
  • Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years (Johnson & Schelhas-Miller)
  • You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years (Savage)
  • Success and Sanity of the College Campus: A Guide for Parents (Trevouledes and Grieger)
  • A Father’s Letters to His College Daughters (Courtier)