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Your child's next chapter: FAQs for parents of university-bound teens

Entering university marks a significant milestone in your child's life. As a parent, you likely have a number of questions about this transition. In this article, we’ll address some of the most frequently asked questions to help you navigate and support your child's journey into higher education.

How can I help my child prepare emotionally for university?

The transition to university can bring a mix of excitement and apprehension. Encourage open conversations about their expectations, fears, and aspirations. Validate their emotions and assure them that it's normal to feel a range of emotions during this time.

What practical steps should we take to prepare for university?

There are things your child can do now to ensure they’re feeling prepared when classes begin. They can start making their way through our Getting Started checklist so they can hit the ground running in Week 1!

If your child is moving out of home to go to uni, make a list of essential house supplies they’ll need. It’s important to also discuss budgeting and financial matters to ensure they're equipped to manage expenses that come with being a uni student.

How involved should I be in my child's university life?

Find a balance between offering support and allowing independence. Stay connected through regular check-ins, respecting their need for autonomy. Encourage involvement in campus activities while being available if they seek guidance.

What resources are available to understand university processes?

Orientation gives you the opportunity to explore your campus, learn all about your program, and meet students who will be studying alongside you, so you can feel confident when classes start the following week. UniSC’s Parent Lounge is a great resource for parents to get all the info they need about university, including fees, scholarships, pathways to uni and more.

How can I support my child academically without being overbearing?

Encourage your child to take advantage of academic support services offered by the university, such as booking a 20-minute appointment with a UniSC Learning Adviser, attending tailored learning resources and workshops or chatting live with a Studiosity educator. Emphasise the importance of time management and offer guidance on creating a balanced study routine.

What if my child faces challenges adjusting to university life?

Listen actively and empathetically if they express concerns. Encourage seeking support from Student Success Advisers who connect current students with resources and services to support them and their studies, including balancing uni and life, dealing with unexpected circumstances and options if they fail a course. Assure them that it's normal to face challenges and that seeking help is a sign of strength. UniSC's AccessAbility Services are also available to provide support to students with an illness, disability or mental health issue.

How do I navigate my changing role as a parent of a university student?

Recognise that your role is evolving from direct caregiver to a supportive guide. Offer guidance when sought, respect their independence, and celebrate their accomplishments, no matter how small.

How can I ensure my child stays safe on campus?

Discuss safety measures with your child, such as emergency contacts, campus security resources, and practical safety tips. Encourage them to familiarise themselves with campus safety protocols and to trust their instincts in unfamiliar situations.

What should I do if my child is struggling academically or emotionally?

Stay supportive and encourage them to seek help from support resources. Offer a listening ear and assist in identifying the appropriate channels, whether it's academic or health and wellbeing services.

The transition to university is an exciting and transformative time for both you and your child. While uncertainties may arise, being proactive, supportive, and maintaining open communication can help your child thrive during this new chapter of their life.

Remember, every student's journey is unique, and providing a supportive foundation will empower your child to navigate the challenges and embrace the opportunities university life presents.

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