Open a checking account
If your child doesn’t already have a checking account, open one with them. Be sure the financial institution has free ATMs near campus. A checking account will give your student a place to put any money they earn while at school…and you to deposit funds in case of an emergency.
Schedule their doctor appointments
The college will likely want your child fully vaccinated, so it’s a good idea to make sure they are up to date. It’s also important that their annual doctor visits are completed so they don’t go a year without a checkup.
Find out what size sheets they need
Some college dorms require extra long sheets. Before you purchase bed linens, find out what size will work in your child’s dorm.
Buy bed risers to increase storage space
Storage space is a premium at school. Putting the bed on risers can create enough space for under-the-bed storage containers.
Help them get the lay of the land
Try to sit with your child to go over the campus map. Confirm they know where the medical office, food hall, and security office are.
Encourage them to reach out to new roommate(s)
Moving in with someone you’ve never met can be scary – especially when you’re also separated from your family. Encourage your student to reach out to their new roommates before the school year begins. They can get to know each other and decide what shared items they’ll each bring.
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