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When the end of the term hits, students will be going through transitions of various kinds. Here are some to be aware of as you help your student through these trying times…
Saying Goodbye. Some friends may be graduating in December, while others are transferring to other schools, dropping out, studying abroad or heading off to internship opportunities. Whatever the case may be, saying goodbye to good college friends can be tough for students, and they’ll need your understanding.
Ending a Good Academic Experience. Sometimes, a class or a teacher will touch a student in a profound way. So, when it ends, that student may understandably feel a bit lost and sad. Encourage him to talk about what he learned as a way to honor what that experience meant to him.
Leaving a Loved One. If your student started a relationship at school, parting over the holidays will likely be difficult. He/she may want to visit that significant other or have him/her come to your house. Talk about how to split time and be supportive, too.
Preparing to Take on a New Leadership Experience. After being part of the “worker bees” within a student organization, your student may soon be taking on more of a leadership position. This can be both exciting and terrifying, so let her talk about her feelings and her plans as she prepares for this important transition.
Transitions come in all shapes and sizes – and supporting students as they ready for them will give them courage, confidence and the knowledge that someone cares.
Other Possible Transitions
Your student may also be readying for…
- A new campus job
- Living with a different roommate(s)
- A new class schedule
- An internship opportunity
- Transferring to an alternate school
- Changing a major/minor (or declaring one)