Adjusting to College

Despite the fact that your son or daughter may be moving out of your house and on to campus or some other form of independent living, your role as a parent is still very important. One of the most important and valuable things parents can offer their college student is support and encouragement.
 
In their new book, The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College(and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore suggest that thanks to technologies such as cell phones, e-mail, Skype and Facebook, college students are really more in touch with their parents than ever before. Through extensive surveys the authors have also shown that students who take responsibility for their own studying behavior and monitor their own learning are happiest in college, happiest with the parental relationship and have higher GPAs.
 
Hofer and Moore offer advice for parents who would like to maintain the right level of involvement during their student’s college years:
 
 
You can keep in touch with your student through their Bellin College e-mail, assigned to all students at orientation. All student addresses are first name followed by a period then last name@bellincollege.edu. Example: jane.doe@bellincollege.edu 
 
We encourage all students to check their e-mail regularly for any important information from the college. Parents can play an important role in encouraging this vital communication pathway.