Help for College Dropout: Finding Support in the AftermathMarch 22, 2019
Did you know on average 50% of students fail to graduate from college. College can bring about new challenges of independence and overwhelm blooming young adults. There are many reasons why one may choose to leave the college setting. While college can be stressful, the stress doesn’t end once they dropout. Watching your young adult make the decision to drop out of college can be tough. When a young adult is in college, it can seem like they are creating a pathway towards achieving goals and success. When they throw it all away and move home, this can be a bit unsettling for both you and them, because well, what now?
Why Drop Out Of College?
You may find it hard to support your young adult’s decision to drop out of college. Furthermore, you may not understand why they have made the choice to do so. As your child’s biggest advocate, it is important that you do not shun them or treat them as a failure. This will only make matters worse. The college-aged adult in particular experiences the toughest growing pains because they are confronted with the reality that it is time to grow up and be an adult. Other sources of stress that could have negative impacts on their life at this time includes:
- Sleep deprivation from staying up late
- Last minute pressures as a result of procrastination
- Indebtedness from overspending
- Loneliness being away from home
It is important that you understand that college may not be a good fit for your young adult at this time in their life. This does not mean their chances of being happy and successful are diminished.
Giving Support For College Drop Outs
Help for college dropout begins at home, with your family. You may not know what to say or do and that’s okay. Helping your young adult find their passions is no easy task. Recognize that you cannot tell them what to do at this point. However, you can take some actions to help them get on their feet and launch into adulthood successfully. Here are 4 ways to be supportive of your young adult:
- Explore their interests. Sit down with your young adult and ask them about their passions and career goals. Once you understand their desires, discuss the road to get there. Help them take action and implement a plan to get where they want to go.
- Suggest other training opportunities. Vocational training, informal apprenticeships, and industry-specific certifications are valuable ways to achieve certifications. These can be very beneficial for your young adult. Help them find resources to look into for this type of thing.
- Come up with a financial plan. It is critical that your young adult knows that they cannot rely on you to continuously dish out cash to them. They should not be comfortable living under your rules. Help them come up with a plan towards independence.
- Listen. This is perhaps the most important thing you can do. Do not put them down for their choices or career passions. Again, you can’t choose these things for them. Be supportive and listen to what makes them happy and help them get there.
Trails Momentum can help
Trails Momentum is a wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25 to transition to independence and improved self-awareness. The program uses adventure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a strength-based approach. It is a small and nurturing community that focuses on goals of improved self-regulation and overall functioning for the young adults. Trails Momentum gives students the skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives. We can help your family today!
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