AtomicMind 12th Graders: June Highlights

June 15, 2024

Essential Life Skills for Seniors Heading to College

Transitioning from high school to college is an important milestone in your child’s life. College life demands much more than great grades -- it requires resilience, adaptability, and practical knowledge to manage daily challenges. Here are four essential skills that students should possess as they enter college in the fall:

  1. Time management: One of the primary challenges college students face is managing their time effectively. Unlike high school, where schedules are more structured, college offers a level of freedom that can be overwhelming. Encourage your child to use a planner or a digital calendar to keep track of classes, assignments, and social commitments.
  2. The ability to navigate social and emotional challenges: College can be an emotional rollercoaster with new relationships, academic pressures, and feeling homesick. Encourage your child to reach out when they need help, guidance, or advice.
  3. Effective communication: Communication skills are vital for academic success, professional growth, and personal relationships. Effective communication helps students articulate their thoughts clearly, collaborate with peers, and build lasting relationships. Encourage your child to reach out if they need any help or are struggling with building relationships or communicating at school.
  4. Financial skills: Teaching your child who is entering college to budget their money and understand debt involves practical lessons, real-life examples, and ongoing support. Show your child how to budget by creating a monthly plan with tracking expenses and setting financial goals. Use budgeting apps or spreadsheets and explain student loans, credit cards, interest rates, and repayment plans.

How AtomicMind Can Help

Preparing for college is about more than just selecting your courses and outfitting your dorm. It’s about equipping your child with the life skills and study skills necessary to navigate this exciting new chapter successfully and we are here to help guide them every step of the way! Contact AtomicMind today for more information!