Tips for Parents
Now that your student has been in school for several weeks, it's time to take stock of his level of involvement in campus happenings. Do you get the sense that your student is taking advantage of all that college life has to offer? From academic to social to artistic to athletic, we promise that there is plenty to choose from!
Some Questions to Ask
You can gauge your student's level of involvement on campus by asking the following questions:
- What are the some of the events that have been happening on campus lately?
- Have you done anything fun in the last week?
- What kinds of events are being sponsored in your residence hall?
- Are there any major speakers or performances visiting the campus this semester?
- How are the athletic teams doing?
- Where are your favorite places to hang out on campus
- What kinds of events are going on in the local community?
- What's the best way to find out about campus happenings?
By chatting about this topic, you'll let your student know that you care about more than just how he does academically. Participating in things outside of classes will enrich him intellectually, physically and spiritually. Encourage him to read flyers, peruse the campus newspaper and website, attend hall events, and visit the cool nooks and crannies on campus. College is all about trying new things. He's got to get out there and explore in order to reap the benefits.
Involvement = Academic and Personal Success
"Student engagement is positively related to grades and to persistence between the first and second year of college."
- from the 2006 report from the National Survey of Student Engagement
Research shows that students who engage in campus happenings, whether it's joining an organization or attending campus events, often feel more a part of their school. They also learn to juggle more, leading to increased academic success. So, instead of warning your student away from out-of-class involvements, consider encouraging him to balance his academics with some campus happenings. His social life, his sense of belonging — and his grades — will likely thank you!
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