High School to College Transitions Impact Parents, Students Alike

Posted: Sep 28, 2017 07:18 PM Updated: Sep 28, 2017 07:18 PM

EDINBURG – Colleges around the nation are nearing their one-month mark into the fall semester. Hundreds of GEAR UP students left home for a higher education.

As they make their transition from high school to college, parents are making adjustments too.

“There's conflicting emotions when you realize that's what I raised them to accomplish, but no one prepared me to see them go off to college," said the mother of three, Laura Padilla.

She’s sending of her youngest and only daughter this fall semester.

The experience she’s built sending off two of her children helps her mentor other parents struggling with the transition.

“[We guide] parents in the application process; we offer that support. A lot of time they say ‘Oh there's scholarships, but where?’ Nobody really tells you what web page or where or what time to apply. Timing is important when applying," said Padilla.

Padilla said the send-offs didn’t get any easier for her, but she finds comfort in knowing it was the best decision for her soon-to-be college graduates.

“I raised them with the idea that the question ‘Are you going to college?’ wasn't an option. Instead, it was an affirmation," said Padilla.

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