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Senior Year

As graduation looms, parents can expect a bit (or a lot) of student anxiety about their future. Not surprisingly, you will share this excitement and anxiety. You can also expect your student to experience stress about the final steps toward graduation. Senior year is often a time of reflection on the past as a preparation point for the future. Students transition to adulthood and become citizens of the world. Some students are eager for the challenges ahead, some go kicking and screaming into the world, and most approach senior year with a mixture of excitement, anticipation and dread. Academically, senior year often poses intense demands and deadlines and students frequently fear failure. Remain supportive and patient with your student—they're in the home stretch! Frequent senior year challenges include:

Academic and Career Challenges

Relational Concerns

Personal and Other Concerns

How Will This Impact My Relationship With My Student?

These experiences described above are a normal and expected part of your student's development. Because of these new experiences, the nature of your relationship with your student is likely to change. While each relationship is different, you might be aware of some of these changes: