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 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. What classes are you most enjoying?
Which professors do you enjoy the most?
Is the homework load what you anticipated?
Have you considered a tutor or study group?
Tip: Tutoring is free for all students. Have you selected a field of study?
Are there other majors or minors that interest you?
Tip: Most majors require a minor or an additional major. 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. Are you getting enough sleep?
Do you attend campus activities?
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. Have you made friends? Who do you spend your time with?
Are you enjoying yourself?
Questions to ask yourself 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. Is my student feeling pressured to choose a major, or to choose a specific major? Where is that pressure coming from?
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! Does my student have adequate study skills and time management experience?
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 ResourcesGeneral concerns
Diana Goldammer, Director of Student Life
Donna Gerlach, Campus Nurse
Donna Dunn, Disability Service Coordinator
Religious or spiritual guidance
Brandon Vetter, Campus Pastor
Brian Anderberg, Associate Director of Young Adult Ministry
Academic concerns, tutoring, choosing a major, career development
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.
Malik Stewart, Talent Advisor
Terry Lundeen, Director of Residence Life
Derik Fossum, Resident Director – Dayton Hall