College Transitions

College is a time of transition and each semester brings new challenges and opportunities. Get expert advice on how to support your student through these changes.

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Helping Your Student Persevere through Homesickness

When students move away from home for the first time and start college, they may experience occasional homesickness. As a parent, how do you recognize the signs and help your Sun Devil through this? ASU's Dr. Aaron Krasnow explores this college parenting topic.

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Transitions: International students

Two Sun Devil parents and ASU's director of residential life explore the transition of international students in the first year of college. In this ASU Family Connection video, the panel looks at the challenges new international students often face, what families and students can expect, the resources available at ASU and more.


Transitions: The sophomore slump

When students make the transition to the second year of college, it can lead to the sophomore slump. For some, that's where the novelty of college has worn off and they feel less satisfied with the experience. Our panel of ASU Psychology faculty members provides tips on how students can avoid this slump and how families can support them through it.


Transitions: The First Year of College

The ASU Family Connection Transitions series continues with a look at the first year of college and the adjustments that Sun Devils and family members can expect. Sun Devil parent Calvin Emanuel and Psychology Professor Leah Doane look at some of the growing pains students may face in the first year and how family members can support their growth.


Transitions: Upper-division students at ASU

While the transition to upper-division levels in college can be exciting, students often start to feel additional pressure due to more complicated projects and highly focused courses. Three ASU Psychology Department faculty members discuss what Sun Devils can expect in the upper-division years and point out some resources to help them succeed.


Transitions: The first year on campus at ASU

When students begin their first year on campus at ASU, they are adjusting to college life and often living away from home for the first time. ASU's Director of Residential Life and a Sun Devil dad discuss the challenges that often come in the first year, and the many resources the university provides to help students make a successful transition.


What to expect when your ASU Sun Devil comes home for the break

For students, the college years are a time of exploration and growing independence. Hear from Sun Devil family members and one of ASU’s Dean of Students to learn what to expect when your young adult returns home for the break.


Why ASU students study abroad and how it impacts them

Whether it was learning to speak Chinese in Shanghai, helping the indigenous people in rural Peru, or exploring the diverse culture in South Africa, six ASU Study Abroad students have one thing in common: studying abroad changed them in positive ways and helped set them up for success.


What to expect when your ASU student decides to Study Abroad

ASU’s Assistant Vice Provost of Academic and Global Engagement Jennifer Malerich discusses the many different types of Study Abroad programs, the positive impact of global learning, and how Sun Devil family members can support their students in applying for and completing a program.


Supporting your Sun Devil in the transition to off-campus living

Researching and selecting a housing complex. Working out agreements with roommates. Staying involved on campus. These are just a few of the topics our ASU Family Connection panel discusses in exploring how to support your student's transition to off-campus living.


LGBTQIA+ Students and Stress

Identity development for students who identify as gender or sexual minorities can present a unique set of stressors. Learn about ways to support your LGBTQIA+ student and the many ASU resources available to them from members of ASU’s Counseling services.