Moving to a new place for college can be a big transition. At the Counseling Center, we know that finding a personal and professional support system can be a challenge. We offer free, short-term counseling for enrolled students at Chaminade University, but are not a comprehensive healthcare clinic, and sometimes students may need services beyond what we can provide. Here are a few healthcare considerations to help you make a smooth transition to college.
- Do I take any medication?
- Will my doctor/prescriber give me a 3-4 month supply of my medication to last the semester?
- If not, will they be able to prescribe refills that I can pick up at a Honolulu pharmacy?
- Will I be able to get to this pharmacy (or will they deliver my medication)?
- If I can’t get my medication refilled in Honolulu, can my parents/guardians pick up my medication at home and mail it to me?
- Do we have a plan to remember this so that neither of us forgets about my medication?
- Do I currently see a healthcare provider on a regular basis (more often than once or twice a year)?
- Do I need to find a Honolulu-based primary care provider, psychiatrist, therapist, or other provider while I am at school?
- Do Honolulu providers take my insurance?
- If they do take my insurance, have I set up an initial appointment or consultation so that I can access help before there is an urgent need or emergency?
- If they do not take my insurance, do I need to switch insurance?
- Do I have a copy of my insurance card and know what my insurance covers?
To download a PDF of this this transition to college plan, please click here.
For more tips on transitioning to college, check out the Mental Health College Guide from NAMI and the Jed Foundation.