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Navigating Enrollment: Course Registration, the First Bill and MoreSue Ohrablo, Ed.D.
As your student is getting settled into college, they will be experiencing significant change. Socially, they’ve left their friends from home and are trying to form new friendships. The friendships they’ve had from high school will start to look and feel different, even if they are attending the same college. Personally, your student will start to question their beliefs (and yours!) and will begin to develop their own personality separate from the family.
Academically, your student will be challenged to meet deadlines, work in teams, form and voice their own opinions, and think critically. It’s a huge developmental jump, and college faculty and staff may expect to see success immediately. Realistically, it takes time to make these transitions. As parents of college students, you can help in the following ways:
I also recommend checking with your student to make sure they’re aware of upcoming deadlines and responsibilities:
Please encourage your student to meet with their advisor prior to registration opening. This will give your student a chance to have more time with an advisor (I recommend scheduling an hour) and there will be more appointments available. Once registration opens, it can be very difficult to get an appointment with an advisor, and it may feel rushed due to high student traffic.
Keep in mind, advising and registration are not the same thing. A good advising appointment will give your student the opportunity to talk about their experience in classes, successes they’ve had, and any challenges they may face. They should engage in academic planning, including discussion about the major, possible minors, and other opportunities that will provide them with a well-rounded college experience.
By reinforcing the need to keep track of deadlines, identify requirements and explore options, you can help your student successfully navigate the college experience.
When your college student starts their first semester, it’s not just a big deal for them. It’s a big deal for you, too. Get the First Semester Guide for College Parents now!