Understand that every student has a unique experience in college. Be prepared to deal
with both your student's emotions and your own emotions as they enter a new stage
in their life.
Openly discuss the financial situation and expectations with your student.
Discuss priority of family, work, and school responsibilities.
Many students view college as a step towards a new found independence. Establish levels
of trust and boundaries with your student. Guide them to the answers instead of giving
them the answers.
Stay involved with your student's new college experience. Learn about the SJSU campus so
that you can offer resource ideas.
Don't change anything major at home while your student is away without letting them
know. Your student may want to be involved with home matters as much as parents want
to be informed on school matters.
This is a whole new experience so encourage your student to take advantage of the
many available on-campus resources.
Discuss what may potentially happen in college social situations, (e.g.: alcohol use
at parties) and other lifestyle choices they may be exposed to. Avoid lecturing and
share your experiences.
Encourage your student to set realistic academic, work, and extracurricular goals.
Students should meet with an academic advisor at the beginning of each semester so
that they can prepare a balanced, prioritized plan with achievable goals.
Keep in touch with your student. Establish early on how often and what lines of communication
are to be used. Send care packages to remind them of home if you can.