Hi and welcome to A Quirky Twist’s college advice for freshmen! Today’s post is about a topic that can somewhat be forgotten about in all of the college excitement, and that is your family. Mainly because during this time you are pretty much the focus, as this is a big event in your life. However your family has played a large role in getting you to this point in your life, and this time isn’t just about you because they’re going to be affected by you moving away too. So today I have 3 tips for how to handle your family and your freshmen year.
- TELL THEM THANK-YOU
Once again your family has played a large role in getting you to this point in your life. They’ve taken you to school, to games and practices, to shows, on campus tours, and to hangout with friends before you could drive. So, yes while it was your accomplishments that got you into school they were a huge support in helping you achieve those accomplishments. Personally I chose to write my parents letters and gave them to them on move-in day, telling them to read them when they got home. I thought having written words of how I felt, would be better than just saying them and allow my parents to look back on them later.
2. CALL YOUR PARENTS
Trust me the first time you call your parents they will be extremely happy to hear from you no matter what. Especially if you are the youngest, and everyone else has left your parents will miss you even more. Also the opposite goes and that is to pick up the phone when they call, your parents typically will not call you unless it’s super important or they really miss you. And don’t always call about money, you can call to plan for them to come visit you at school or just to tell them what’s going on in your new life.
3. YOUR PARENTS HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS TOO
Maybe they didn’t go to college, but they have moved away from their friends and family before even if it’s just across town. If your parents did go to college, not much has changed since they’ve been. The buildings are older, and technology is newer but the basic lifestyle of a college student is still very much the same. With that being said your parents have also skipped a class before, ordered pizza at 1 am, and walked to class in the cold and rain. So just know even if college gets hard you’re not alone because your family, the people who know you best, have been through similar if not the same exact things before.
Those are all of the tips I have for family in college, I hope this helps ease some of the future class of 2020’s worries about college. If you know anyone who will be going to college in the fall, share this post with them. And if you want to hear more about my college advice check back next Tuesday. Thank you so much for stopping by feel free to leave a comment below!
PS In case you missed it you can find last week’s college advice post here!