The University Counselling Service's team has some
useful information for parents of new students.
As parents we react in a variety of ways in
response to one of our family going off to university.
These different reactions may reflect how it
was for us when we went to university; it could be that this is
your first son/daughter/family member coming into higher education;
for some parents there could be thoughts that you can’t wait for
them to go; while others can’t imagine life without them!
You can be left wondering what they are doing;
will they cope; are they making the ‘right’ sort of friends; how
will they handle the new tasks ahead?
And so it is with your son/daughter/family
member, they will each have a variety of thoughts and feelings
during these early weeks at university. This is quite
natural – transitions and changes evoke many different
It is not uncommon for your
son/daughter/family member to feel homesick and
unsure; to be wondering about whether they have made the
right decision to be here or whether they have chosen the right
course; to be concerned about whether they can manage without you
or their usual support networks.
Will they be able to make new friends? Will
they be able to do the work? Will they fit in? How will they cope
financially? These are common worries at this time
of the year.
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