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Caring for Your Student

Small gestures make a big difference.

It’s no secret: College is stressful. But what many people don’t realize is the importance of the little things. Phone calls, funny cards and words of encouragement – these small gestures make a huge difference for stressed-out students.

Knowledge is power

Arming your student with the right information will enable him or her to make well-informed decisions. These are just a few things you might want to discuss with your student:

  • The limits of his or her medical/dental insurance
  • Where to go in the event of a medical or dental emergency
  • The importance of protecting his or her banking/credit card information
  • The dangers of credit card debt
  • The importance of building relationships with academic advisers and professors
  • Ways to make new friends (ex: campus events, student organizations, study groups)

Know when to get involved

It’s hard to resist the urge to get involved when your child encounters an obstacle or issue; however, it’s extremely important to allow him or her to address problems as an independent adult. If the situation doesn’t demand your involvement, simply offer advice and allow your student to take the necessary action.