Parents and Family

Checklist for the end of the semester

Posted by on April 30, 2024

The last few weeks of spring semester on college campuses are hectic. Your student may drop off the radar while wrapping up classes and taking finals, so when you do make contact it’s important to touch on the most important things.

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Celebrate one year down!

Posted by on April 16, 2024

The First Year Fest will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. alongside the Student Union Board’s Block Party at the Jack Carney Puck. Students completing their first year on campus (including transfer students) will be invited to take pictures with friends in the photo booth, tie dye bucket hats or totes, register for fantastic prizes (including scholarships!), and enjoy walking tacos. Campus resource staff will be on hand to address any barriers that students might be facing in achieving academic success or in re-enrolling.

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Help your student control the overwhelm

Posted by on April 9, 2024

We’re all stressed these days and students are no different. They’re stressed and anxious and struggling with their mental health now more than ever. It’s not very comfortable when we feel stressed and anxious, but it’s worse watching someone you love struggle. A certain amount of stress is a normal part of college life. After […]

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Sophomore slump — fact or fiction?

Posted by on March 19, 2024

The sophomore slump is either “ubiquitous” and “unavoidable” or a total non-issue depending on who you talk to. If your second-year student isn’t experiencing it, you can feel grateful. However, if you sense a slump, you’re not alone.

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Discussing alcohol with your college student – Part 2

Posted by on March 12, 2024

Many college students make responsible decisions about drinking alcohol. However, sometimes young adults can make risky decisions. Talking to your college age student about alcohol, underage drinking, and binge drinking is critical, and ongoing communication is key to promote safety. To understand the difference between low and high risk behaviors see Part 1 of this […]

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Discussing alcohol with your college student – Part 1

Posted by on March 5, 2024

We know many college students make responsible decisions about alcohol consumption. For many students, however, transition to college life combined with the availability of alcohol and the desire to fit in to their new surroundings can lead students to make risky decisions. Dangerous overconsumption of alcohol by college students continues to be a health and safety issue in spite of laws, campus policies, and college programs.

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Why you should talk to your student about academic integrity

Posted by on February 27, 2024

Values. Honesty. Kindness. Caring. Work ethic. We spend much of our children’s lives teaching them – overtly or through example – about the values that we hold dear. It’s part of what raising a child is all about.

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Does your student know how to advocate for what they need?

Posted by on February 20, 2024

There are a lot of skills that college students need to learn and practice. Perhaps one of the most essential of those skills is self-advocacy, knowing how to ask for and get the things that you need to be successful. The term self-advocacy is very often used in the context of students with learning disabilities or learning differences, but it is an important skill for any college student. In this article, we use the term generically, as a skill that is important for any student. The more that your student is able to recognize and ask for what they need, the better their chances of success.

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Helping your college student cope with stress

Posted by on February 6, 2024

College students experience a lot of stress. As parents, some of us are acutely aware of our student’s stress levels, and to others of us it may be less obvious. Of course, not every student experiences stress, and some students actually thrive on a certain amount of it; but many college students find that increased pressure or anxiety are part of the experience of college.

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How to build relationships with professors

Posted by on January 30, 2024

Developing relationships with college professors can be beneficial in many ways for your student. Not only will they probably do better in the class, but also may lead to future research opportunities, great letters of recommendation and mentorship in your student’s field of interest. If they plan to ask for a letter of recommendation for grad school, internships, or jobs it is essential that strong relationships with one or more professors are created.

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