How can schools help global nomads make a smooth transition to college?
AnswerTeachers, parents, school administrators can help global nomads make a smooth transition for the college experience by preparing them early on. As was mentioned in the section on TCK Identity Development, it is never too early to introduce students to the terms TCK and global nomad. Class work, homework assignments and discussions on books, films, and anything else concerning global nomads strengthens the identity factor.
Schools can and should offer leaving/transition seminars for their graduating students, such as author, Tina Quick’s “Transitioning Successfully for University” workshop. With The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition as a tool, schools can put on their own workshops to cover the important topics, including the “Four Pearls” of university transition.
Parents need to be teaching their students skills for independent living. They can start in the early years well before the departure for college especially while on vacation in their home country where their children may end up going to university. Help them secure a part time job if possible. Teach them to open and manage a bank account, how to make a budget and stick to it, how to write checks, use an ATM and other financial intricacies. In the host country parents can teach children how to do their laundry, fix simple meals, and sew a hem on a pair of pants. Having skills of everyday living under their belts frees the TCK to focus on the adjustment to college life without added stress.