Feeling Nervous? Everything Will Be Okay.

Moving to college can be a time filled with nerves and anxiety….especially for parents. Below we outline 4 common fears that parents/guardians experience when their student moves to college as well as some advice to help calm your nerves.


Staying Safe:  First-year residence halls (including Sanctuary Hall) are staffed with a front desk attendant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and feature a swipe card reader which requires the DePaul ID of a current resident to enter each building. Translation? The only people inside residence halls are the people who should be inside residence halls. As with any environment, it is important however to encourage your student to be mindful of both the time and their surroundings when venturing around campus or the city.


Doing Laundry:  With no coins and no card swipes needed for laundry on the Lincoln Park Campus, we make it as easy as possible for your student to actually wash their clothing instead of buying more or spray freshening every day. The only thing left is for them to learn the dreaded “lights from darks” rule. Maybe there’s a first-year class on that topic?


Making Friends: Whether students start college with friends they made in high school or begin college in a completely different place with unknown people, this is the perfect time to meet new people, make new friends, and have new experiences.  Living on campus provides a great opportunity to make friends without ever leaving their residence hall! (Note: We do suggest leaving the residence hall from time to time, especially for you know, class and stuff).


Finding Resources: Many parents/guardians worry that their student won’t have the same support and resources they had at home when it comes to homework, writing and career advice. The University Center for Writing-based Learning and the Career Center are great on-campus resources available to all students.  Each center provides a space where students can address their questions and concerns with full-time DePaul University staff members. Services offered by these resources include including engaging in a mock interview process, resume review, accessing career advice, research paper proofreading and various networking opportunities. Finally, while we’re definitely biased Housing Services is there to ensure our residents’ life on campus isn’t just time spent in a room, but rather a time in which they’ll learn and grow as individuals. That’s what college is for, after all.

 

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