Tips for Parents
Your student has so many resources available to her as she heads off to college for the first time or returns for another year away. No matter what the need, there are professional folks available to help. Many professionals on campus are specifically trained to work with college students — their master's degree programs actually prepare them to recognize worrisome behaviors, respond to students' needs and provide programs designed to enhance students' experience outside of the classroom.
Here's a rundown of some of the folks available to assist your student (and even you, should the need arise!):
- Public Safety — Safety professionals are available to help maintain a safe and secure campus, provide students and families with up-to-date information and statistics, and facilitate safety-training opportunities.
- Student Life — Student affairs folks have numerous resources to assist students. Whether it's responding to difficult student behavior, helping to resolve a conflict or providing support in times of crisis, they are there to help.
- Residence Life — If your student lives on campus, she will probably come into contact with residence life professionals. Some of these professionals actually live in the residence halls, available to assist students after normal workday hours. They work with the resident assistants in providing social and educational programs, maintaining the residence halls, and facilitating an environment conducive to personal and academic success.
- Counseling — More and more students are coming to campus with psychological challenges. The counseling professionals on campus can provide students with resources to address their concerns.
- Judicial Officers — These folks work with disruptive students. Oftentimes, they also provide educational programs in a proactive effort to encourage students to make positive behavioral choices.
- Career Services — As your student begins exploring majors of study, whether or not to study abroad, summer internship opportunities, resume creation and interview preparation, the career center is where many resources are located. These folks are available to help students with a variety of academic-related issues.
Head to the campus webpage for a listing of these and other staff members available to assist your student. We listen to students and appreciate their initiative!
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