Getting ready for college is way more than buying coordinating bedding from the dorm department at Target.
In the past 5 years, my husband and I have sent all three of our kids to college. To say it is a roller coaster doesn’t come close to describing the ups and downs of getting ready for move-in day.
Prepping is packed with:
Emotions. So many emotions! Excitement, sadness, fear, loneliness, anticipation.
New Dreams. Getting ready for college is full of visions of a stage of life that has never happened before.
Choices. Since kindergarten, the path has been clearly laid out, but now there are so many decisions to navigate:
Majors to decide
Clubs and activities
Independence. The college student is suddenly more autonomous than ever before AND experiencing transition at the same time.
Saying goodbye. (Need I say more.)
Over the next few weeks, our College-Bound Series will focus on preparing for college -- not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. We’ll have lots of great perspective for both students AND parents.
Most college students will struggle with temporary seasons of anxiety. We hope sharing some of these stories will help you be prepared with a toolkit of self-care.
If you know someone in the middle of this season, please forward this post to them!
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Donna Durham, MMFT
President & Co-Founder
*Dorm room image from Pinterest