Year in the Life of a Freshman: January

January

Transition Issues

  • Readjusting to leaving home again
  • Getting back into the swing of campus life
  • Rethink her/his level of campus involvement and commitments
  • Conversations about academic performance & life choices

Tips for Successful Parenting

Lead with questions.  Most students still want their parent(s) to express interest in what she is doing; she will most likely still seek your permission/blessing for what she wants to do.  Try using “open-ended questions” (questions that demand more than a “yes” or “no” response) that allow her to tell you details while maintaining a healthy independence.  Honest, open questions will do a lot to foster a relationship based in trust and support.

Before second semester begins is a great time to talk about adjustments that may need to be made in academic expectations and life choices.  Leading the conversation by asking questions rather than stating hard, cold facts will provide a more open dialogue about difficult topics. This is a challenging opportunity to practice “changing the lens” through which you see your student, and yourself..

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