August is such an exciting month here on campus! We hope your student is jumping right in and embracing all the wonderful things that JMU has to offer. As students get adjusted, be on the lookout for certain stressors that students may experience. Part of the new adventure of moving to college is adjusting to a new "home away from home," complete with a new bed, new schedule, new friends, challenges, and opportunities. Often, however, this adjustment period can lead to feelings of homesickness.
While your student is now technically an adult and on their own, your guidance and comfort is still imperative to your student’s growth and development. Preparing now will help you know what to say when the “venting" call or text pops up on your phone. Remember, sometimes all your student needs to do is get something off their chest. They may not want you to do anything, but listen for those moments in the conversation where you can drop your pearls of wisdom!