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a female student and her motherAs many parents have already discovered, the transition from high school to college isn’t always easy. Students are constantly faced with new challenges on a college campus—from study habits, to the independence of making their own schedules, to making friends and finding a niche. But luckily for parents and students at Penn State Brandywine, the people in Counseling Services are here to help. Below is a list of tips parents can use to support their students as they adjust to college:

Stress management

  • Encourage your student to live a balanced life by eating well, exercising at the campus gym, decreasing outside work schedule to no more than 10 hours per week, and socializing 1-2 times per week within reasonable hours so there is enough energy for class work.

Study skills

Problems interfering with school

Choosing a major

  • Help your student calm down by letting them know that most freshmen are undecided about their majors. At Penn State, declaring a major usually takes place at the end of the sophomore year.  Academic Advising and Career Services staff are available to help. Visit Academic Advising and Career Services online.

Budgeting

  • Sit down with your student and come up with a budget and allowance for the week.
  • Help your student understand the dangers of getting a credit card because of the risk of incurring high debt.

If you feel your child is in need of counseling please do not hesitate to ask them to contact the Student Affairs Office. The Student Affairs Office is in the Commons Building, second floor.