Orientation is no longer just for students, it is also an opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with campus and the services available to your student.
Share your story. It’s natural for students to be nervous about this next stage of their lives. Help put their minds at ease by opening up about your own experiences: being on your own for the first time, attending college, moving to a new place or something similar.
Promote campus involvement. Your student will have hundreds of different opportunities presented to them in college. While this can seem overwhelming, prompt your student to find at least one activity he or she might be interested in to help broaden his or her horizons and meet new people.
Spark independence. College places much more responsibility on the student as an individual adult. Allow your student to take the lead while still offering your guidance and support.
Be present. Familiarize yourself with campus and the services available to your student. It may be a long couple of days with a full schedule, but the information can really benefit you — and your student — in the long run.
Come prepared. Register ahead of time and complete any action items so you have time to focus on the new information presented at Orientation. Be familiar with your student’s specific situation and interests so you better know how to take advantage of the university's resources.
Listen. Orientation will provide you with a lot of important information. Try to pay attention to speakers and minimize distractions while at Orientation. There will be separate opportunities to check your phone or chat later, so try to be an active listener during the information sessions.
Ask questions. Now is the time to speak up and be vocal. Get your questions answered now while the resources are right here in front of you. Learn how to connect with the university during the year as well, in case other questions arise in the future.
Get to know campus and our community. This is where your student will be living, so try to get to know the place a little better.
Talk to faculty and staff. These are the people your student will be spending a good deal of time with. Learn the expectations they have for your student and how your student can best be prepared.
Meet other parents. Whether this is your first student to go off to college or your last student, the transition can be tough. Get to know other parents who are experiencing the same thing.
Hear from students. Who knows better what your student’s experience will be like than those who’ve experienced it firsthand? See what advice current students have for incoming students and get your questions about college life answered.