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For most students, beginning the journey from new college student to college graduate is a time of immense change and discovery. As a parent, there are many things you can do to help create and support a smooth, positive transition. Below are questions to ask, as well as a list of on-campus contacts if you have concerns. If you would like to familiarize yourself with strategies for success, please visit our Student Success and Academic Success resources.

Questions to ask your student

bullet Do you know who your adviser is? Have you met with him or her?
Tip: If your student does not know who his or her adviser is, please have them visit the Center for Talent Development.
bullet What classes are you most enjoying?
bullet Which professors do you enjoy the most?
bullet Is the homework load what you anticipated?
bullet Have you considered a tutor or study group?
Tip: Tutoring is free for all students.
bullet Have you selected a field of study?
bullet Are there other majors or minors that interest you?
Tip: Most majors require a minor or an additional major.
bullet Have you found a healthy schedule?
Tip: Many students struggle to balance athletics, classes, homework, sleep, socializing, and/or work. Encourage them to set and maintain priorities.
bullet Are you getting enough sleep?
bullet Do you attend campus activities?
bullet Are there groups on campus that interest you?
Tip: Encourage your student to join a club or activity in their interest area, even if it is not directly related to his or her major.
bullet Have you made friends? Who do you spend your time with?
bullet Are you enjoying yourself?

Questions to ask yourself

bullet Do I allow my student to solve his or her own problems, or do I ‘come to the rescue’ when I sense trouble?
Tip: College is a time for exploration and developing independence; give your student the opportunity to confront his or her own roadblocks.
bullet Is my student feeling pressured to choose a major, or to choose a specific major? Where is that pressure coming from?
bullet How does my student respond to peer pressure, both positive and negative?
Tip: Encourage your student to spend time with peers who have good study skills and time management abilities. Good habits are contagious!
bullet Does my student have adequate study skills and time management experience?
bullet Is my student reporting behaviors that seem out of the character? (For instance, a social butterfly “not making any friends.”)
Tip: If your child is reporting or exhibiting behaviors that seem incredibly unusual, please contact the director of student life or the campus counselor immediately.

On-campus Resources
General concerns
            Diana Goldammer, Director of Student Life

Stress or anxiety issues, behavioral concerns, general ‘having a hard time’
            Sally Wickware-Thompson, Campus Counselor

Health concerns
            Donna Gerlach, Campus Nurse

Disability Services
            Donna Dunn, Disability Service Coordinator

Religious or spiritual guidance
            Brandon Vetter, Campus Pastor

Academic concerns
            Academic Adviser
            Each student has a different adviser; the registrar’s office or the Center for Talent Development
            can assist with finding a student’s adviser. However, in accordance with FERPA, that information
            may be confidential.
Academic concerns, tutoring, choosing a major, career development
           Malik Stewart, Talent Advisor

            Angie Van Pelt, Administrative Assistant

On-campus housing
            Terry Lundeen, Director of Residence Life

            Nathan Hofer, Resident Director – Allen Hall & Apartments

            Derik Fossum, Resident Director – Dayton Hall

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