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How to Support Your Student From a Distance
Often, the parental role changes from primary caregiving to fostering independence during the undergraduate years, it may be helpful to find a balance by keeping in touch and involved while also allowing your student the opportunity to learn to manage life independently can be difficult. Here are some ways you can enhance your child’s experience at UCI!
Stay in Touch
Even though your student is experimenting with independent choices, they still need to know that you are there and are available to talk over both everyday events as well as more difficult issues. Sometimes parents and other family members are tempted to check in with their students multiple times a day, which can be too much. Others are afraid of interfering and go too long between calls, texts, video chats, or emails, which may also not be ideal. Talk to your student about how much or little communication is reasonable, and remember that your student may be busy with new schedules and commitments as they adjust to being away from home.
Stay in touch and communicate openly. Offer support in a nonjudgmental way
If you are concerned about your student, share your concern without conveying judgment. If you are asked for help or advice, offer it. Be wary of offering too much advice if it isn’t asked for. Be an active listener in the conversation. Consider discussing observations and feelings rather than opinions and advice. Express interest in your student’s life at college while being respectful of their independence.
Be realistic with your college student about financial matters
Being specific about finances at the outset may help avoid misunderstandings later. Work out a plan with your student for paying for tuition, fees, books, room, board, travel, recreation, and other expenses. Educate your student about credit card use. Inexperienced users of credit cards can get into deep trouble quickly.
Be realistic about academic achievement and grades
The transition to college-level coursework is difficult, so students who excelled in high school may struggle with academics in college. Be supportive rather than punitive if your student is struggling and direct them to the many academic resources on campus. Keep in mind that it is common for students to switch majors and take more than 4 years to graduate.
Empower students to help themselves
When your student is experiencing a problem, allow them to take an active and equal role in the problem-solving process. This will promote the development of the skills and confidence to tackle tough issues independently. There are a wealth of resources available at UCI to help your student succeed academically, socially and emotionally. If your child experiences difficulties at UCI, they can get support and guidance from campus services such as the UCI Counseling Center, Learning Academic Resource Center, Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion, the CARE Office, Academic Advising, Division of Career Pathways, Disability Resource Center, and many more
It is getting closer to the holiday break and the end is in sight! Soon we will be with family and friends and getting some much-needed relaxation after the start to the quarter! Phew!
While this time can be something to look forward to, it is important to still be aware of caring for your mental health. Here are some things to consider as we reach the end of the year!
Summer is a great time to reflect on all the things you have done and learned along the way, and to also consider what areas you would like to grow into as you transition into the next academic year.
Take time to reflect, and perhaps even journal out your thoughts:
Are you struggling with your relationship with food? In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week that occurs Feb. 21st- Feb. 27th here are 7 tips that will help you improve your relationship with food:
1. Be aware that there are NO “good” foods and “bad” foods. All foods provide nutrition and sustenance to the body and our bodies need protein, carbohydrate, fiber, and even sugar and fat to survive. All foods are good if you eat a variety of foods to get all of the nutrients that you need in moderation….