Move-in day is around the corner! We’re sharing some helpful tips to keep you and your soon-to-be college student happy and healthy during the days, weeks, and months ahead.
It's almost here: Carlow University move-in day! We know that
move-in day is often a family affair, and whether it's for the
first or last time, we wanted to pass along some tips for making
the most out of this special moment in your lives.
Attend our special "Just for Families" orientation program.
It includes a mock lecture, tips for helping your student settle
into college life, and information on how to give your student
space during the first year of college while still showing support
and staying in their life.
Be involved, but don't overwhelm your
Orientation is exhausting, and it's just the beginning of one of
the most important transitions of your student's young life. The
first few weeks of college will be exhilarating, scary, and fun,
and there will be plenty of stories to share when the time is
right-but resist the temptation to ask about every little detail
immediately! And when you do talk, ask broad questions. "How are
your classes?" is a much better icebreaker than "When is your first
Orientation (and especially move-in day) can be emotional for
students and parents alike. Try to stay upbeat and smile through it
all! Remember that everyone here at Carlow-professors, RAs,
counselors, administrators, and staff-wants your student to
succeed. Remind your student of this, and encourage her to make the
most of the resources at her disposal by
asking for help when it's needed. But say it with a smile and a pat
on the back!
If you haven't already, have a talk about
Financing a college education is a serious undertaking, and one
of the largest investments we make in our lifetime. Before that
first class starts, have a talk with your student about sticking to
a budget-because books and clothes and the occasional late-night
pizza can add up. Encourage your student to be smart about
spending. He'll thank you for it later!
Encourage your student to get involved from the
New Student Orientation isn't just
icebreaking and getting-to-know-you fluff, it's the cornerstone of
a rich social life here at Carlow University, and it's where your
son or daughter will meet many of his or her lifelong friends,
business partners, and mentors. Encourage them to participate in
NSO-because college is about more than just classes and
Being a parent of a college student is a delicate dance, and we
at Carlow know that just because your son or daughter is a college
student doesn't mean that you don't still have lots of work to do!
It's up to you and your student to figure out what style of
communication and participation works best for your family. We can
only hope that through it all you'll continue to smile and
celebrate these changes together-because believe it or not,
graduation day is right around the corner!
Find out more about Carlow's undergraduate orientation.
Not a freshman? Find out more about transfer, graduate, and adult undergraduate orientation programs today.