A Year in the Life of a Freshman: October


Transition Issues

  • Time management & setting priorities
  • Mid-term projects and expectations of academic performance
  • Missing home and old friends

Tips for Successful Parenting

Write often – postcards, letters, emails, it all matters!  Although your student is in the throws of new experiences they are still anxious to hear from home.  There isn’t a student alive who won’t get excited about a care package from home full of her/his favorite cookies or an envelope full of pictures.  Email &/or texting is a great way to stay in touch but give your student space to respond in her own time.

Mid-term grades are often posted on a student’s account to help gauge academic progress.  This can often be a “wake-up call” for first-semester students.  Your response can often dictate how your student finishes the semester.  Encourage them to get help where they need it without “shaming” them for poor work or choices, as these rarely provide positive long-term results..

Author: Dane

Dane Anthony’s career in higher education spans 30 years on both public and private university campuses. In addition to serving as a faculty member, he has worked in the areas of Counseling, Residence Life & Housing, Student Health & Wellness, New Student & Parent Orientation, Parent Programming, and University Chaplaincy. Dane & his wife have 3 grown children and currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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