Getting Ready for College
Leaving for college is a major transition for the entire family. Some students may live at home or attend school nearby, whereas others may be relocating to different parts of the country. Regardless, going to college symbolizes that students are separating from their parents and moving into adulthood. The transition to college, no matter how exciting, can also bring up feelings of sadness, loss, and concern for parents and students. In particular, students with a history of psychological difficulties, trauma, or loss may experience increased anxiety about such a major transition, and may worry about family members they are leaving behind. Parents may also have difficulty letting go, even though they are excited about their children's future.  Following are some specific guidelines on preparing students and their parents for college life.