Homesickness may come early in a student’s first year or even towards the end of their Junior year. Signs of homesickness (other than your student saying “I’m homesick”) include your student calling home often and asking to come home a lot. Instead of talking about what is happening in college they will be focused on how things are at home and reminiscing about high school, and they may show a lack of interest in getting involved on-campus. Seeing these signs does not necessarily mean that your student is suffering from homesickness but anytime you get a feeling that something is off it is always a good idea to ask questions and suggest they see their Resident Assistant (RA) and tell them what is going on.
If your student is homesick some suggestions on helping them are:
One of the new experiences that many college students encounter is sharing a room with another person. Living with a roommate can be both very rewarding and a bit challenging at times. A successful roommate relationship requires compromise, communication and clear expectations. At the beginning of any roommate relationship we will have all roommates discuss and complete a roommate agreement. This is meant to serve as a means to help roommates discuss common issues or scenarios that come up in roommate conflicts. The more open and honest your student can be in this initial discussion the more effective the roommate agreement will be. If your student is having a roommate conflict some suggestions on how you can help them are:
If your student is struggling academically there are many campus resources that can assist them. The transition from high school to college can be difficult academically with different expectations, schedules, time management and assignments. It is typical for students to have reminders about assignments in high school but not in college classes where the Professor will handout the syllabus at the beginning of class and include all important dates and assignments on there. Luckily, along with the difference in expectations comes a difference in the level of support. Here are some things you can do to help your student if they are struggling academically.