Have a child going away to college for the first time? Before your teen leaves home, here is a checklist of simple skills to help smooth your child’s transition and build their independence.

Personal Responsibility Skills

  • Laundry
  • Grocery shopping
  • Cooking simple items
  • Reading a food label and identifying healthy food options
  • Managing time
  • Keeping a schedule – tracking appointments and deadlines

Financial Responsibility Skills

  • Tracking expenses and budgeting
  • Banking services – depositing and withdrawing money, online banking services
  • Using an ATM machine and understanding ATM fees
  • Writing a check
  • Paying bills
  • Understanding how a credit card works

Social Responsibility Skills

  • Meeting people and introducing yourself
  • Using table manners
  • Internet safety – what to share / what not to share

Health Responsibility Skills

  • What to do in a medical emergency
  • Identifying student health or medical services on campus
  • Simple first aid
  • Refilling a prescription
  • Reading an insurance card and understanding co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses
  • Primary care physician contact information
  • Managing stress and tips for where to turn for help
  • Reviewing campus safety tips
  • Understanding the dangers of drug and alcohol use

Download our college transition checklist and resources.


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