For parents who are new to the college send off, this late summer brings with it a mixed bag of emotions.  Whether or not your student is moving away from home or commuting to college, they are embarking on a new chapter in their lives.

This new chapter will most likely change your relationship with and how you interact on a daily basis with your student.   Whether resident or commuter,  it is important to remember that this change is a positive one.  Your student will continue to need you, but in different ways.  Try to give them the space that they need to grow and develop.  Your student will be learning how to navigate this new landscape and it is important that they learn how to begin doing this on their own.  This will help them learn to persevere through college and life’s many ups and downs along the way.

There is no guidebook on how best to do this and you may often times feel as if you are walking a tightrope of how best to support them.  This is a road that you and your student will learn to travel together; semester to semester.

As you travel this new and exciting road with your student, remember to take care of yourself.  This will help you as you begin to process this transition.   Please know that your student has the supports and tools available to them at Canisius to help them be successful.   Cura personalis, care of the whole person, is one of the Jesuit tenants that The Griff Center and the campus as a whole embraces while working with your student on a daily basis.

I wish you all the best as this semester begins.

Tracy Callaghan
Assistant Director,
Griff Center for Academic Engagement