UVI Counseling Services is aware that sending a child to college can be exciting and also anxiety-ridden for parents and their children. We hope the information in guide will help make the transition as smooth as possible. Many people at the University of the Virgin Islands are working hard to make your child's educational experience a positive time for learning and personal growth.
Your son or daughter will very likely be experiencing a range of emotions as he or she leaves for college. Remember that these emotions, such as happiness, anxiety, sadness, and excitement are perfectly normal. At this stage of life, your child will face the following developmental issues:
During the college years, your child will continue the process of independence while establishing new and intimate connections with friends, faculty, and other individuals. He or she will be exposed to new ideas which may or may not lead to changes in their behavior and thinking. Many of these changes are just a normal part of growing up.
As parents, you too experience these developmental issues but from a different perspective such as:
Common First Year Student Issues:
Common First Year Stressors:
Many of these concerns are just a normal part of growing up. Remember, every child has their own experiences of adjusting to and dealing with the rewards and challenges of college life.