How to Best Support Your Student During Their Transition to College

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It is important to consider some of the common challenges your student will face as they prepare to start life at Tech.

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It is important to consider some of the common challenges your student will face as they prepare to start life at Tech. Common challenges for new students include “imposter syndrome” (fear that their acceptance was a mistake or that they are not smart enough), perfectionism and fear of making mistakes, and stress that results from overcommitment and a desire to become involved in too many new activities.

At Georgia Tech, we understand these challenges. Tiffiny Hughes-Troutman, the director at Tech’s Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (CARE), says students need to be alert to these challenges as well. She emphasizes the important role that parents play during this transition. “Parental support is critical to a student's transition to college.” she said. “Encourage them to seek help and stay in communication through any means to demonstrate your care and commitment to their well-being." 

Too much stress can contribute negatively to a student’s motivation, social relationships, and overall academic success. Many students feel overwhelmed and underprepared to deal with stress in addition to all the new responsibilities and the expectations of college.

The staff at CARE are available to provide immediate support and connect students to the right resources. CARE is the single-entry point for mental health and well-being resources both on- and off- campus and is the first step in accessing counseling, psychiatry, and a range of other services. 

CARE’s operational hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Currently, CARE is offering telebehavioral health assessments for students in Georgia and consultations for students physically located outside of Georgia. After-hours services are available on-campus for urgent needs beyond regular operating hours. To learn more, contact the CARE office at 404.894.3498.


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  • Created On: Jun 2, 2021 - 9:26am
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