Students on their way to college may need a lot of support. As parents, you’re always there to help, but students can also benefit from the insights and encouragement offered by other adults in their lives.
You can help your student to build that much-needed support network by encouraging them to form relationships with mentors, talk with their school counselor and connect with teachers, coaches and family members who support their dream of going to college and starting a career.
Where to find a mentor?
As your student begins the path toward college, if there are questions you can’t answer, work with your student to seek out another trusted adult who can help provide the information. Do you have a friend, family member or colleague who may be able to provide information about a college or a specific career path? Encourage your student to talk with them.
In addition to your personal connections, perhaps your school or community offers a mentoring program. Building relationships with adults in such programs who have forged an education or career path that aligns with your student’s interests can offer a valuable roadmap and source of information.
What does a support network offer?
Getting advice about college and answers to their questions is just one advantage to having a strong support network. Another key element is having adults who will listen to their ideas about college and support their drive to get an education. Simply getting that encouragement and “cheerleading” from adults in their lives can prove invaluable to students as they face the challenge of getting into college and completing their degree.
Encourage your student to talk with the adults in his or her life who support that dream, whether it’s a coach, teacher, youth leader, employer, or someone else in your community.