Common Transitional Issues
There are common issues students often encounter when transitioning to a university regardless of entry level. Below are some common issues encountered, and ways we suggest families can help.
- All official transcripts are due July 1st and test scores are due by July 15. Students risk being cancelled by Admissions if documents are not received.
- Encourage your student to send ALL transcripts as soon as possible
- Encourage your student to meet with major and college advisors before and while attending UCSC
- Adjusting to the quick pace of the quarter system tends to be a major change for most students. Also, the academic demands of a research institution are different than what they may be used to.
- Help your student purchase calendar or planner
- Encourage your student to seek out academic resources
- Encourage your student to attend workshops and practice good time management habits
- Some students are older than the “typical” college student and play many different roles aside from their role as a student.
- Offer open communication and provide emotional support
- Remind your student not to make assumptions on how others view them
- Set realistic goals
- Be flexible and willing to do more to help
- The transition to a new place may be difficult; some students may feel out of place or socially isolated.
- Encourage your student to live on campus
- Encourage your student to seek out clubs/organizations to get involved with
- Encourage your student to connect with staff and faculty
- Encourage your student to seek out volunteer opportunities