As incoming freshmen prepare for their first year at St. Edward’s, Orientation is a vital part of their successful transition to college. During this two-day event, parents and students become acquainted with all aspects of the university — from the people and organizations to the services and programs that have made St. Edward’s one of the best small colleges in the nation.
Fall 2010 Orientation at St. Edward’s had university parents and alumni participating on a panel to share insights and field questions from parents. It was the first time parents joined alumni on the panel, and the experience was rewarding for all.
“Sending a child to college can be stressful,” says panel volunteer Bruce Butler, father of Andrew Butler ’10. “This panel allows parents to ask questions about both the process and St. Edward’s — and hear the perspectives of other parents and former students. It’s very informative.”
While answering questions about her son’s major and his professors, panel volunteer Dana Lepow, mother of Philip Lepow ’13, noted how reassuring it was for parents to hear from fellow parents. “They were very encouraged to know that Philip is happy at St. Edward’s and excited about the Biology program and his teachers.”
Interacting with alumni on the panel is always a highlight for the audience. “Parents want to know what their kids might be doing after they graduate,” Butler says. “It’s great to have successful alumni answering questions about their St. Edward’s experience and how to prepare for life after college.”
Both Butler and Lepow agree on a few bottom-line tips for parents:
Find out how you can volunteer for a parent and alumni panel during 2011 Orientation. Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs.
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