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For Parents

Sending your child off to college is a momentous occasion for students and parents alike. Here are some tips to make the transition easier:

  • It's ok to let go - be confident in your children and the decisions they make. Give them the chance to be the responsible adults you taught them to be.
  • Give your child space. Call them once a week or every two weeks to see how they are adjusting to college life.
  • You are the parent, but allow your child to learn on their own - let them self-discover.
  • Clearly communicate your expectations to your child.
  • Teach your child about the importance of financial responsibility.

No matter what, we will always need you mom and dad. Thank you for being there for us.

  • Am I Covered?

    The best answer we can give is "maybe." We recommend that parents contact the health insurance company to inform them that their student will be attending the University of Kentucky and inquire about any coverage issues.

    Students need to have their own insurance card and bring it with them to facilitate quick pre-certifications for referral appointments, emergency room visits and treatment not provided by University Health Service.

  • What to Send with Your Student

    Here are some helpful items to send with your student when he or she leaves for college.

    • Up-to-date copy of immunizations
    • Insurance card (or copy) - both insurance and prescription cards - carry with you at all times.
    • Know: allergies, chronic health conditions, current medications
    • Emergency contact number
    • Name and address of home physician

    These can give a medical provider in case your child needs to be treated for any reason.

  • Tips for Helping Your Student Stay Healthy

    This may be your student's first time away from home, so here are simple tips to help him or her stay healthy during the school year.

    • First and foremost, get plenty of rest. At least eight hours of sleep a night is recommended. Sleep helps the immune system and also lets your brain work to it's maximum potential.
    • Eat a well balanced diet. Food not only nourishes the body but also the mind. Eat plenty of greens and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage. These foods are considered super-foods and strengthen your immune system. Stay away from oil-heavy and greasy foods as much as possible.
    • Exercise regularly. At least 30 minutes, 4-5 times per week. Exercise reduces stress and has many added benefits. Plan and make it part of your daily routine.
    • Wash your hands frequently and keep your hands away from mouth, nose and eyes. Carry an alcohol-based disinfectant in your backpack or purse to reduce the reduce spread of germs.
    • When sneezing or coughing, be courteous to those around you and cover your mouth and nose.