Supporting Your Child
College is an exciting chapter in any student’s life, and as a parent, you will play a key role in advising and supporting your child through their transition to third level education. We understand that this transition can be challenging. We make every effort to ensure that our new students fully understand the system at the College and that they know how to access our numerous academic resources and personal and professional supports that are available to them. All first year students receive details about the services during their Orientation week.
As a parent or guardian, you will want your son or daughter to be happy, healthy and successful. An education delivers more than a qualification and career – it also prepares the student for life. College is a whole new experience for students, many will be getting to know a completely new way of life, along with fitting into the College culture and lifestyle and making new friends.
Prepare your child to be financially responsible so they understand the stresses and strains of living on a limited budget. Teaching your child how to budget effectively will help enormously.
Support your child to do the very best they can in their studies. Provide guidance where necessary while letting them take responsibility to know what is expected of them
Encourage your child to make the most of their time at college There are plenty of extracurricular activities that students can get involved with to complement their overall college experience. Students can sign up to clubs and connect with student groups and societies.
Motivate your child to look after their health while at college. As a parent, you can encourage your child to adopt good physical activity habits and make healthy food choices. Creating healthy habits early will bring lifelong benefits.
Familiarise yourself with the resources available at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s to support your child. If a problem arises you can then recommend the appropriate College services to your child and encourage them to reach out. Your child will appreciate the support you give them.
Carlow College, St. Patrick’s shares your goal of promoting your student’s growth and success. It is our hope that every student flourishes here, and leaves us, at the end of their degree programme, as an educated, independent, self-confident adult.