Tips for Parents
It's Orientation Season!
As you prepare to visit campus for an orientation session, keep a few things in mind...
Prep Questions Ahead of Time
- What's important to you and your student?
- Consider: housing, parking, career prep, learning assistance, commuter concerns, internships, classroom expectations and more.
Combine Asking Questions & Listening
- Take notes—the sheer volume of information you are offered can make remembering everything difficult.
- Listen to presenters and panels, yet ask questions when they come up.
- Keep in mind that NO question is a dumb one!
Give Your Student Some Space
- It's important for her to learn to navigate on her own.
- Allows him to meet other people and ask his own questions.
- A dose of self-responsibility at orientation sets a positive tone for the year ahead.
Get to Know Others
- Don't hesitate to introduce yourself to coaches, student affairs staff, advisors, student leaders, faculty, staff and others.
- Also mingle with other parents/families who are going through the same thing that you are.
Make the Rounds
- Take tours around campus to see academic buildings, residence halls, community spaces and much more — even if it's hot!
- Then, when your student starts talking about these places during the semester, you'll be able to accurately picture her in her surroundings!
Be Paperwork Prepared
- Do the legwork ahead of time so you're ready with necessary health, academic and other info that may be needed.
- Talk with your student so you can both compare notes about what's needed during orientation.
Here's to a positive orientation experience for all!
Keep Yourself Healthy!
Orientation sessions often happen on some of the hottest days of the year. Drink water, stay cool and pace yourself.
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