Author: Pamela Williams

Conversations Worth Having Over Break

Posted by on January 12, 2023

Winter break is a great time to reconnect with your college-age children. While they might rather go out with their friends than spend hours at home with their family, this vacation is longer than others during the school year so you’re sure to find time to catch up — including discussing their educational and career goals.

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Beyond Babysitting: Winter Break Jobs

Posted by on December 21, 2022

Do you have a college student who will be home for an extended winter break this year?
Are your teenagers in need of spending money but don’t have time for a job during the school year? While seasonal retail jobs are often a great option, there are also a few ways for teens and young adults to hang out a shingle and earn extra cash over the winter break.

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Brace Yourself – Winter Break Realities

Posted by on December 13, 2022

Whether you realize it or not, your life and routine have changed with a child away. Their routine has changed too. It is likely that these routines will clash.

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Supporting your LGBTQ+ Student During the Holidays

Posted by on December 7, 2022

As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach us, one group of students heads home with less enthusiasm than many of their peers. With only ⅓ of queer  people finding their homes to be safe places to be open, it isn’t much of a surprise that many queer students end up closeted for the holidays.

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Words of encouragement during college finals week

Posted by on December 7, 2022

My youngest son, a college freshman, is taking final exams this week. He was too busy to talk much this past weekend, but I called to wish him luck anyway. I didn’t really know what else to say.

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How to Stay Close as a Family Over Time

Posted by on November 28, 2022

Once upon a time, long, long ago, all of our children, my husband and I lived under the same, familiar roof. As we knew they must (and leaving me with conflicted feelings of sadness for myself and excitement for my children), they have begun to forge their own adult paths, one leaping off the branch enthusiastically, another requiring a bit of a nudge, and a third still in high school but clearly exerting ever-increasing degrees of autonomy.

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Addressing Common Misperceptions of Mental Health Services Provided at Missouri S&T

Posted by on November 15, 2022

According to the 2022 Missouri Assessment of College Health Behaviors, 88% of S&T students reported that stress interfered with their academic life, and 91% reported that stress interfered with their personal life. Along with this, in the past year 56% of S&T students experienced depression, 63% experienced anxiety, 28% experienced panic attacks, and 26% experienced chronic sleep issues.
Student Well-Being offers individual counseling, group counseling, consultations, and many other services to S&T students to help relieve and prevent these mental health concerns. It is important that these services are known about and understood fully in order to best support students. Please use this document to read about some of the common misperceptions of services offered, and feel free to reach out to Student Well-Being staff anytime with questions or concerns using the contact information on the next page.

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Working With Professors

Posted by on November 10, 2022

Your student’s college professor is more than just an educator. Their professor can be a valuable asset both during college and after graduation. The relationship between your student and their professors is also an important mentoring opportunity. It’s important for your student to establish relationships with their professors early in their college career.

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Helping Your College Student Find Support on Campus

Posted by on November 1, 2022

As a college parent, you want to support your college student in any way that you can. You talk on the phone, you send mail and care packages (students love to find something in their mailbox), and you listen when they share joys or worries; but there is a limit to what you can do. In your attempts to help your student find their increasing independence and sense of responsibility, you need to help your student find and use appropriate on-campus support systems.

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The Smartest Word Your College Student Can Use

Posted by on October 24, 2022

Many high school students planning to go to college spend a lot of their time reviewing vocabulary words for their SAT College Board exam. They learn big words, important words, roots of words, and definitions. But if your college student is going to succeed in college, there may be one important word that he needs that never shows up on his entrance exam. It may be the most important word that he can use in college. What is that word? ”Help.”

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