The transition from graduating high school to starting college is one of those major life events – both for the student and the parent.
For the parent, it’s a moment of pride and trepidation watching a child take new responsibilities on their shoulders, often outside the safety of the “nest” at home.
For the student, it’s a challenge and an opportunity to exert independence and demonstrate that he or she is ready to leave the nest and chart their own life’s path.
Anxiety exists for both. Add to that a global pandemic, and that anxiety can reach extreme levels.
Camdyn Helms graduated Southside High School after she and her classmates were not allowed to return to the classroom following spring break. Now she is a freshman at Jacksonville State University without getting to enjoy the experiences and socialization she expected her first semester.
For her mother, Theresa Helms, the concerns for her safety now include COVID-19. But she empathizes with the fact this isn’t the college life she anticipated a year ago.
Hear from both mother and daughter in this video that likely mirrors the excitement and angst of others dealing with similar life changes.