Here at Oliverian we have wrapped up our summer session and are gearing up to welcome new and returning students back for the fall. We are getting the campus ready, making lists, planning orientation and classes, assigning our teams, and many other important tasks.
All of this is evidence that we are facing transition: the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
Any transition comes with its sidekick, uncertainty. Uncertainty is made up of an infinite amount of questions about unknowns that don’t always have answers. With uncertainty comes anxiety. Students all over the country are getting ready to transition from Summer to Fall with the expected back-to-school apprehension. Add on a new school, changes that may have happened over the summer socially, physically, or emotionally, COVID variant cases going up, facing senior year… or freshmen year, family dynamic changes, and on and on.
So… how do we manage transitions and help our students to do so, too?
Most kids will give us an eye roll if we try to approach this process in some type of formal way with them. Instead, be covert and just talk out loud in the car about your own thoughts in these areas, and ask open-ended questions. They may not get into a big discussion or even respond at all, but they will hear you and start to see that you realize that this transition is not just routine, and it that deserves to be acknowledged… and then… just maybe, they will talk with you about it.