Out of sight, out of mind? Not necessarily. If you've ever felt that way, you are not alone. Students who are away at college often get so wrapped up in their life at school, that it is easy to say, "I'll call home tomorrow." The next thing you know, days have passed and you're left wondering if your student will ever call.
When's a good time?
Talk with your student to find out about their class schedule. Knowing their schedule is good, because then you can ask about classes and understand what they're learning. It is also helpful so you know when to try to reach them. Maybe it's better to call on Sundays after dinner. Perhaps after a Tuesday night class is best.
Cell phones and landlines
Is it best to reach your student on a cellphone? Find out.
Students are so electronically connected today, maybe email is a good way to keep in touch regularly. While some personal email accounts can be accessed while away at college, your student will automatically be issued a college email address, which you can use. Then, your student an reply to you at their earliest convenience.
Nothing like real mail
Regular mail is always appreciated. Residential students are issued an on-campus mailbox when they sign up for housing. This allows you to send cards and packages to a secure location on campus. Your student will always walk away from the mail room with a smile on their face when mail arrives from home.