Going to College: How to Prepare
Here are some important tips to make the transition to college a little easier.
Sharing General Health Information
"We all think that being a good parent is hovering over our
children when it comes to their health," says Rothstein. Yet college is a
time to hand over the reins and to share general information about things like
what over-the-counter medications they usually take or which prescriptions they
need to refill. Your kids should also know their medical history and have the
names and contact information for their doctors.
Rothstein also suggests that you go over their insurance policy
with them so they understand the rules and regulations. That way you won't get
slapped with a huge bill for avoidable charges if your kid fails to follow the
protocol required by your company, like getting a referral prior to visiting a
It's important for students not to rush into intimacy, and
instead get to know people gradually, says Fabiano. Most sexual assaults on
campus occur among acquaintances, not strangers. Encourage your kids to do
things in groups, especially during the first weeks of school. Tell them to
avoid walking alone at night; many schools offer student escort services.
Support is the key to surviving most of the problems or issues
that students face in college. Whether from family, faculty members, or
counselors, encourage your kids to avoid isolation. "Make sure they can
talk to you," says Fabiano. "It's really connectedness and social
support that are important."
Published Aug. 9, 2004.