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Question

What advice can you give other parents whose children want to study abroad?

5 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture Rae Rae
     
    Rae Rae
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    I would advise parents to be supportive and helpful. Going abroad is a big endeavor and requires...
    I would advise parents to be supportive and helpful. Going abroad is a big endeavor and requires not only financial support, but emotional support as well, and parents should be willing to help their child in any way possible. Also become interested in your child’s experience. Nothing is more frustrating than having a passion for something that no one else cares to understand. It would be helpful to learn about the host country yourself and become familiar with their culture and affairs so you can be more secure in letting your child leave for a long period of time. When your child is abroad it is also important to be there for them emotionally, but to give them space to grow as an individual. Don’t call your child every single day and don’t smother them, but let them know you will be there if they need any guidance. When your child returns, ask them about their experiences and take an interest. As I said before, your child will come back with a new set of memories and will want to share them proudly.
 
 
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