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What is the biggest challenge my child will face in college?

Topic: Parents | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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The biggest challenge facing any new college student is the transition from being a child to an adult. It can be quite a shock for many, especially for those who are attending a college away from home. Learning how to take care of themselves is a new adventure! Doing laundry, cooking meals, and even basics like making their own bed can present a challenge, but it will only make them stronger in the end.

Answered by: Caitlin L. | over 4 years ago
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A lot of freshman will have problems with homesickness. Assure your child they're loved and that you'll be just a phone call away, but encourage them to make new friends. Don't smother them though, it's their time to experience life.

Answered by: Syam V. | over 4 years ago
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The biggest challenge your child will face in college depends a lot, almost entirely on your child. If he/she is tempted by social gigs then resisting this and focusing on the education may be the biggest challenge. If your child had a particular difficulty in high school this could be magnified by the extent that college is so much bigger and more intimidating and thus present a challenge. The adjustment itself to college life can be difficult, be they commuting from home, living in a dorm or off campus. The freedom found at college may be your child's biggest challenge if they lack focus or discipline.Of course the biggest challenge may be unforeseeable by you, so preparing for as much as possible is advisable and making sure your child is as ready as possible will help. The good news is, if your child is adjusted and adaptable in general they will have a much greater chance of succeeding in college. It is a big challenge for the parents as well!

Answered by: Rosh L. | over 4 years ago
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In my opinion, it would be boredom. You can go on stretches where it is not stop work and others where it seems like you have nothing to do. This can lead to falling behind when the pace picks back up. The best advice for this would be to always work a little ahead of pace so if something pops up(surprise projects) they are ready to get it done without falling behind.

Answered by: Paulie J313 G. | over 4 years ago
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There are many big challenges a child will face in college. The biggest challenge is staying focused. Studying is the most important thing a child should do in college but it is hard having a social life and keeping up with studying. The new student should try to find a good balance between the two. It can be done though with my college experience I found it really hard my freshman year but and my grades suffered for it, It wasn't until I told myself that it is extremely important to have time to study. Tell your child that they need to study as much as possible and that studying should be first before their social life.

Answered by: Thomas Clips W. | over 4 years ago
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This all depends on your child's strengths and weaknesses. Some children suffer greatly from homesickness and face depression away from their family for the first part of college. Other children are challenged by the increased load of acedemics and school work that is a lot more difficult than high school. Other children may face time management issues and can procrastinate their school work without a parent reminding them or nagging them to do it. A great amount of freedom is found when children first move out, but not all can handle that responsibility. Other children suffer from the challenges of financial nature.

Answered by: Willow Stapleton Y. | over 4 years ago
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Probably the biggest challenge your child will face is adjusting to college life. For most students, being away at college represents being away from their parents for the first time in their lives. This can be both fun and stressful, as students quickly realize their parents are not right there to help them solve their problems or offer advice.

Answered by: Supersenior I. | over 4 years ago
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The biggest challenge for any college student is adjustment. College is a major upgrade from high school. They are now in a setting where they have to make all the decisions for they're education. Another challenge is time management. Many students wait to the last minute to complete assignments and study. This is then reflected on their grades.

Answered by: Lanig91 B. | over 4 years ago
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The biggest challenge in college is going to be different for every student. Some students struggle with the boundaries that they should set with new found freedom. Some struggle with time management. Some struggle with actually getting out of bed and going to class since there's no one there to make them get up. Helping your child adjust to college life really means giving them room to discover things for themselves, but also letting them know that you're still there checking to make sure they will get it right.

Answered by: Onlinelearningchick T. | over 4 years ago
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That depends a little on what kind of person your child is. I know that personally, when I headed out for my first year, the one thing that I thought would be the least of my problems was the hardest. I needed my mom. I wanted her to do my dishes, and my laundry, and make my bed when I'm in too much of a rush to do it myself. I got over that after a few months though, so it's not as terrible as it may sound. My biggest problem next to my dependence on my parents is money. I am always broke as a college student, and books are very expensive. If I hadn't gotten a job I wouldn't have been able to do it. I think that's something you should discuss with your child, unless you are a parent that has the money to complete support them through college, but in these economic times, there's not many parents that really can.

Answered by: A Pri L May J00n U. | over 4 years ago
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Your child will either face the challenge of remaining focused on academics instead of social life or the challenge of making the right choice in a given situation. Staying focused on schoolwork can be quite difficult at times. Making the right decisions in certain situations is also very important because it can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Answered by: Take It From Me L. | over 4 years ago
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I am now 27 years old and a college graduate, so I am speaking from fairly recent experience. In all honesty, the biggest challenge that most of my peers and I faced while in college was simply the adjustment to going from living at home with our parents our entire lives to living on our own outside of the home. Most college students realize just how many things they dont know how to do on their own yet during those first few months of college.

Answered by: 2005collegegrad Z. | over 4 years ago
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When i went to college, the one thing that really got to me was becoming homesick. I was homesick for about a year untill i got used to the prospect of not being able to just walk up and say hello to my brothers and parents. If your child becomes homesick just be supportive and let them know you still love them! Contrary to popular belief, drugs and alcohol were not huge issues from what i saw, and if they do become such issues it would be wise to cease paying for tuition.

Answered by: Elitesack O. | over 4 years ago
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The biggest challenge your child will face in college is time management. Going to college is a great experience but very demanding. Your child will face great academic and social pressures especially their first year. It will take them time to get used to amount of academic work they have to deal with and the wide variety of social activities they will face. Your child will have to be focused to make sure they can keep their grades up especially if they go to a "party" school. The best thing a parent can do is remind their child to make lists and plan their month out.

Answered by: Boblack B. | over 4 years ago
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This highly depends on how you have raised your child. However, I found it was adjusting to life on my own. It is a very different experience to suddenly have that level of freedom. For some, it is quite the culture shock, others, not as much but everyone has to go through it and it takes about a week to adjust.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | over 4 years ago
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It depends on the person. I say time mangament is the hardest part of going to school. Having fun and partying is really not what college is all about. I feel having fun is a need but not a prority. If they need help in a class or money do what you can but make them learn that they are an adult and need to try and do things on their own. I hope this helps you.

Answered by: Momtrying2makeit Z. | over 4 years ago
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The biggest challenge that most students face in college is taking on the responsibility of newfound independence. College is a big transition from living with your mother and father. In college there is really no one to make sure that you are doing the right things academically or socially, and that you are staying on track. I've seen a lot of people get lost in the thrill of being on their own, and end up not doing what they came to college to do. I think it's important as a parent to still try and assert a level of interest and a guiding hand for their children once they leave home.

Answered by: Cookiemonster K. | over 4 years ago
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It depends on his/her personal life experience and what their own personal challenges are. Everyone's college experience is different and everyone will find their own unique way to cope or overcome those challenges. My own challenge was fitting in all the classes I wanted to take versus the classes I had to take, and then balancing the work load if I was taking too many classes. I had a classmate who was a big procrastinator in everything in life, and that affected how she handled her school work. I have a friend who lived a very "sheltered" life with her parents, then went away to a state university that was known for "partying". She went a little too crazy in her first year there and eventually dropped out before she was kicked out. She transferred to a school closer to home and spent many years slowly working on her GPA and getting her credit for her degree. I know another person who was undecided in his career field and in his degree for most of the four years he had already attended. He switched majors almost every semester and he had to start all over again with every switch. If you child is going to be out of the home and area when he/she first attends college, he/she must first and foremost learn to balance personal life with academic life.

Answered by: Ker239 C. | over 4 years ago
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There are several challenges that could be faced. First of all, college is different then high school in many ways. Teachers are not going to nudge you to come to class or do your work anymore. If you don't do it then it is your own responsibility and you will take the grade you earned. Also if your child is moving away from home and staying in a dorm this will be a huge adjustment to get used to. Basically, the challenge will be the freedom they will now have and they will have to decide how they are going to use it.

Answered by: Jwicklund07 L. | over 4 years ago
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The biggest challenge facing any new college student is the transition from being a child to an adult. It can be quite a shock for many, especially for those who are attending a college away from home. Learning how to take care of themselves is a new adventure! Doing laundry, cooking meals, and even basics like making their own bed can present a challenge, but it will only make them stronger in the end.

Answered by: Caitlin L. | over 4 years ago
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in my opinion, time management is it. in high school, teachers recognized that each student has an equal schedule and about 6 classes and 6 teachers. but in college, each professor act as if they are the only class that the student is taking. i've had essays, quizzes exams and meetings all within the same week. it's not a pretty transformation from high school to a college level student

Answered by: Ameithyst91 2. | over 4 years ago
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Every child is different and therefore each child will face there own challenges. Some common ones are- making friends, staying organized and focused, resisting drugs/partying. But all of these can be overcome by any student and are all a part of the college experience.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | over 4 years ago
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The biggest challenge is most likely the college fees. The fees will haunt your child until the day he/she passes over. This could be because of the fact that he/she could fail to pay all the college loans off and their credit scores will go down in the toilet. Other than that late nights on studying shouldn't be to bad in the long run.

Answered by: Advisor101 K. | over 4 years ago
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in my opinion, time management is it. in high school, teachers recognized that each student has an equal schedule and about 6 classes and 6 teachers. but in college, each professor act as if they are the only class that the student is taking. i've had essays, quizzes exams and meetings all within the same week. it's not a pretty transformation from high school to a college level student

Answered by: Ameithyst91 2. | over 4 years ago
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Every child is different and therefore each child will face there own challenges. Some common ones are- making friends, staying organized and focused, resisting drugs/partying. But all of these can be overcome by any student and are all a part of the college experience.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | over 4 years ago
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The biggest challenge is most likely the college fees. The fees will haunt your child until the day he/she passes over. This could be because of the fact that he/she could fail to pay all the college loans off and their credit scores will go down in the toilet. Other than that late nights on studying shouldn't be to bad in the long run.

Answered by: Advisor101 K. | over 4 years ago
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A lot of freshman will have problems with homesickness. Assure your child they're loved and that you'll be just a phone call away, but encourage them to make new friends. Don't smother them though, it's their time to experience life.

Answered by: Syam V. | over 4 years ago
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I think that the biggest challenge in college is balancing social life and education. Students will always make new friends and connections while in college, so they will be more likely to go out and have fun instead of staying in and studying. Make sure they know their priorities when they get into college, they can go out but make sure that all their work is done ahead of time. Procrastination doesn't pay off in college.

Answered by: Tonya S H. | over 4 years ago
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Although I cannot speak for all college students as all experiences are different, the biggest challenge a fledgling college student may face is sudden independence. Without parents to remind or nag about responsibilities and suddenly faced with all the free time in the world, students will need to develop their own time management skills. This is much easier said than done; almost nobody gets this right the first time, and it's rather common for new students to find themselves rushing through homework assignments at 3:00 AM of the day it's due because of this. Only through experimentation and experience can a student strike the right balance between studying, social life, recreation, work, and so forth. And given the rather unforgiving nature of many college courses, the faster this balance can be found, the better.

Answered by: Noir The Sable T. | over 4 years ago
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This question is highly dependent on your child. No two children, just as no two college students, are the same. If your child is highly social, their greatest challenge may be studying. College is harder than high school and many who are naturally bright may not have had to study before but will once in college. These are habits that are harder to make the older the person. If your child is studious and not particularly social, they may find their greatest challenge to be living among people they do not know. Either way, college is an excellent experience and important transition from childhood to adulthood.

Answered by: Cdbulloc Y. | over 4 years ago
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This answer really depends on the personality of your child. For many students, peer pressure can be the hardest thing. If they have never been exposed to partying and drinking, it could be an adjustment for them. Or, if your child is a social butterfly that has difficulty studying, their biggest challange could be having enough self-discipline to study and turn in quality term papers on time. Some kids who have never shared a bedroom with a sibling growing up could have difficulty adjusting to sharing space with dorm roommates. Some kids get homesick. It all depends on the kid, but they will adjust to their surroundings in time.

Answered by: Coleb Q. | over 4 years ago
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The biggest challenge is time management. When they are home, you are there to remind them of their schedule. When they are in college, they'll do whatever they want whenever they want.

Answered by: Choco Mint Y. | over 4 years ago
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I think the biggest challenge is transitioning from high school or a community college to the demands of college life. For instance, in college, the student is expected to work more independently and more efficiently because the workload is harder. Professors are less involved in helping students and keep a more of a distance than high school teachers. Also, you are not given your books, but rather, you have to go buy them.

Answered by: Junior Sweet P. | over 4 years ago
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It depends on the person. For some people it is the adjustment, for others it's the classes. Becoming an adult is the biggest challenge that I faced. It is hard to adjust to something where you are expected to live for yourself.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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