How can parental involvement enrich a student’s college experience?

As children grow up, they want more independence and authority to make their own decisions. But, it is important to remember that parental involvement in a child’s life can make all the difference in their future. Studies have shown that parental involvement in school led to better outcomes for the students. Not just school, college-going students can also benefit greatly when they have the support of their parents. From sharing academic troubles to their social lives, children can have a great support system in their parents. The key here is to be open to communication.

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Here is how parental involvement can greatly enrich a student’s college experience.

 

Motivation

Parents are our biggest motivators. They might scold, yell or tell us to do certain things in a certain way. However, the fact remains that they are our biggest motivators. They know our strengths and weaknesses and can offer valuable advice on how to play on both. What seemed easy in school can seem extremely difficult in the college. You might have known your school classmates and teachers for a decade, but college is a different game altogether. Students experience everything from adjustment issues in class to establishing a social life outside the class. Let your parents motivate you!

 

Right advice

The advice from your father or mother might seem harsh. But, it will always be the right kind of advice. There is no one in the world who wants to see you succeed more than your parents. Even though their advice might not seem fair or you might think they don’t understand, but they do. They also have been to a college and experienced the college life. Though the college life ten years ago and right now is different, but there are some pieces of advice that seem evergreen. Harsh or easy, parental advice is one thing we all need in our lives at every stage.

 

Advice for career

The moment you get into college, you need to start planning your future and your career. The earlier you start, the better prepared you are. When your parents are involved in your plans for your future, everything seems doable and real life does not seem scary. Parents support their children in the choices they make. Whether you think those choices are right or not is secondary. But when they support you in career choices, it’s a great boost to your confidence. Parental involvement also helps keep children realistic about how the future might pan out. Not just that, parents can help children understand what an office life looks like in reality.

 

Keep up with coursework

School or college, we all have the habit of falling a bit behind in our studies. We tend to procrastinate and leave studying until the last minute. However, school coursework and college coursework are a world apart. School coursework will seem easy when you compare it to your college courses. So, when your parents know what classes you are taking, they can help you stay focused. Sometimes, you may be lazy and a phone call from your mother or father may just be the push you need to finish your homework or study for a test.

 

Aware of what is happening

College life is stressful and we are not talking only about academics. A new environment, a new setting, new people and a new beginning can all seem extremely overwhelming at the same time. It is important to have someone to talk to. When parents are open with their kids and don’t pass judgment on every decision, children are more willing to share their troubles with their parents. It is up to the parents to make sure they know what is going on in their child’s lives. Children on college campuses which are especially far away from home might suffer from depression or other mental health problems. When they know they can call a parent, life seems just a tad bit simpler.

 

Better chances of graduation

Research studies have shown that students who have parental involvement have a better chance of graduating from school and college. Parents provide the much-needed boost of confidence, emotional support and other types of support any child requires when they go off to the college on their own. College is a scary experience and most children don’t want to admit they need a little handholding. However, when the parent is involved in their day-to-day activities, even if it is just via phone, navigating college becomes easier.

 

Parental involvement in a college student’s life is a valuable resource for children, even if they might not think so or might not say it out. When children grow up and go off to a college, they want to be set free, they want their independence and freedom and whatnot. But, it is always great for them to know they have a safety net in their parents. Be involved, ask questions, and make sure they know that you are always there for them. Eventually, they will start sharing and life will be easier for both the parents and the children.

It has been proven time and again that parental involvement can enrich a child’s college experience greatly and play an important part in their success. For all the parents out there who want to make sure their child succeeds, get involved; your child needs you, whether they know it or not.

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