Move-In Monday: Tips for Parents Letting Go

August 14 2017
Category: Campus Life

Elmira College student and parent hugging

The summer is starting to wind down and the campus move-in day is drawing closer. College is a big transition for students, but also for many parents. Whether it is a parent’s first or fifth child in college, letting go can be tough. 

Our Dean of Students, Brandon Dawson, offers these tips and suggestions to ensure both students and parents are ready for the road ahead:

For many parents transitioning from seeing your student on a daily or regular basis to not at all may create some anxiety and uncertainty.

“Many new students need time to adjust and fully immerse themselves into college life, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from them right away or all the time," said Dean Dawson. "The best thing you can do in these situations is to trust your parenting, and support them, but don’t smother them.” 

Hopefully these tips help ease the transition to having a college student. If you have questions, please contact the Residence Life team

Elmira College student and parent hugging