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Preparing For College

Academic Concerns

Students who enter college are no longer considered children. They are looked upon as young adults and will be treated accordingly. College professors expect their students to enter college with an academic foundation upon which they can build. Students are expected to have an academic background in Math, Science, History and Geography, Writing Composition, English and Foreign Language. Students must have demonstrated their abilities by doing well on college entrance exams before being allowed into most colleges. Its recommended that students taking courses online at schools like South University online should demonstrate strict discipline and responsibility in order to succeed.


Parents who have a junior or senior in high school need to ensure their child is receiving the education that he or she will need to succeed in college. Parents should play an active role in helping their child select high school classes which will benefit them. Parents should hire a tutor, if needed. You can find great tutoring services that will ensure a students success in school. High school teens should also be allowed to take courses, or pre-tests, that will equip them for the college entrance exams.

Emotional Concerns

A child who will soon be off to college will experience a wide range of emotions. It is important that parents keep a watchful eye on their child to ensure that he or she is dealing with their stress in a healthy manner.

While it is important to ensure a child is academically ready for college, children should also be encouraged to enjoy their last year of high school. High school seniors often feel the pressure of choosing a college, keeping up their grades, fear of failure, fear of leaving home and a general sense of insecurity. Mood swings are normal as the student swings back and forth from being a child under his parent’s care to a self-sufficient young adult.

What Your Child Should Pack for College

If your child will be living in a dorm, find out what is provided in the room. Many colleges provide a small refrigerator, extra-long twin bed, desk, microwave and access to a pay telephone and washer and dryer.

Other things your child should take with them to college include a computer, printer, lamp, radio, casual clothes, one or two dressy outfits (for job or internship interviews), hygiene items, favorite books and a dictionary. Students who live on a large campus may also want roller blades or a bicycle.

Your child may also insist on taking a small television, pictures, posters, rugs, curtains, posters, musical instruments, a hot plate, cell phone, and a car.

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