How to Reassure Your College Student During The Pandemic

How can we assist our college students during this crisis? Here we will describe how we can try to calm our college student’s fears, nerves, and anxiety during this uncertain time. 

Online Classes, Online Life:

So your college student has just had to shift life to online classes at their university. This is going to be heartbreaking for many students. They will no longer see their professors and peers face to face. Adjusting to online lectures, exams, and projects is all-around difficult. One simple way to reassure your child is to call and check in with them. Ask them how they are feeling about online classes, not seeing their friends every day, and how their mental health is doing because of this major change. Encourage them to reach out to their professors if they need extra help or time to adjust. Above all else, be their support system. Try to create a time each day to talk to them. Also, offer the option of them coming home if it is possible. Let them know you love them and are there for them through all of this.

Loneliness and Boredom:

Many of their friends and roommates have started to go home. This means that your college student is probably going to become lonely. Encourage them to video chat with their friends. Online streaming services are launching programs like watch parties where they can sync with friends to watch the same show and have a chat room open. Promote mindfulness to your child. This can include things like reading a book, doing a puzzle, going for a walk, or exercising. 

Mental Health:

It is likely that your college student is struggling with their mental health. This entire change of life is very difficult and can leave them feeling like they have nothing to look forward to. Help them to reach out to find support groups or counseling online. Their feelings and emotions are important and should always respond calmly and relaxed to what they have to say. Be a support system and not another stressor in their life. 

Helping financially:

If your child has lost their job, it may create a lot of stress for them. If it is possible to help your child financially and choose to do so, here are some ways to make it fun. You can send them care packages if they are unable to come home. Add cleaning supplies, some of their favorite snacks, and a personal note. If your student is able to come home try making them their favorite meals.

Graduating Seniors:

Some of you may have children who are supposed to graduate this year. Graduation day is something they have been working towards their whole lives. It was supposed to be a time of celebration and this last semester was time for them to have all of their ‘last’ moments at college. Tell your child how proud you are of them and how much faith you have in them to make the best of this situation. Tell them you believe in them to finish this last semester strong. 

As parents, we worry about our children all of the time. We trust in them and know they will lead strong and right as taught. These times are scary and uncertain for us all. Reassure, support and love your child always, but especially during these times. 

We are here to assist you

We are aware that everyone has been affected by the recent response to COVID-19 but we hope that you find some comfort in knowing that we are still operational and here to assist you.

Whether you are a current client or if you are looking for family law or estate planning assistance, our team is here for you and will continue to be available to address your concerns.

To the extent possible, we will offer remote consultations and provide services from a distance.

You may message us here, email our office at info@sterkfamilylaw.com, or call 815-600-8950 and one of our team members will be able to assist you.

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