Talk isn't cheap.

Research has found that parents can have a powerful influence on a student's successful transition to college life. All it takes is communication. Talk to your student before they come to the university, and keep talking to them while they’re here.

As a parent you have already done a great job helping your student make better choices. However, your responsibility doesn’t stop just because they’re heading to school. Studies have shown that college students give parents a great deal of credit for guiding them towards less drinking or refraining from drinking. Your input matters — and helps Nebraska set the trend for students’ responsible use of alcohol.

You can ease the transition.

When young adults begin their college experience at Nebraska, they’ll face a number of life changes and new experiences like:

  • managing finances,
  • attending class,
  • balancing academics with social activities, and
  • deciding whether or not to drink alcohol.

You can help your student during this transition by communicating your expectations and encouraging them to think through the outcomes of different choices.

Parents also can have an impact on the misperceptions of college life, including alcohol use, while providing information about campus resources to their student.