Coming to college is an exciting time for new students, but we know it can be a difficult change for family members. The Family Resources page is filled with information to help the families feel more comfortable with this new and exciting change. We will also be hosting a Family Orientation Program designated for the families of students!
These suggested readings and websites aid in the “letting go” process and how to deal with the college experience for family members.
She's Leaving Home: Letting Go as My Daughter Goes to College.
By Connie Jones
When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide.
By Carol Barkin
Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years.
By Karen Coburn and Madge Treeger
Communication with Your Son/Daughter
During their first year as a new student, it is important that families understand to communicate and the impacting role it plays in the success of their student. Even though your student is entering the adult world and shifting to a self-sufficient environment, it is important to maintain an encouraging and involved relationship.
Encourage them to get involved on campus! Getting involved in something that interest students will create a positive attitude. It is also a great way to meet new people with similar interests. Involvement also instills good time management skills that students will need as they move through college and into their professions.
Show interest in their experiences and schoolwork. By discussing classes, professors, and grades with your new student, family members can help us identify and address any potential problems. It also shows the student that they have a great support system back at home. A great way to stay in touch and show them that you care is by occasionally sending cards, care packages, or maybe even calling them and asking about their day. These little things can make a world of a difference!
Until your student gets a comfortable feel on how things happen at Florida Tech, it is important to encourage them to stay in contact with their advisors and professors. Their advisors and professors provide additional support that helps students stay on track and can answer any questions the students may have academically or personally. They also give advice regarding class schedules or general major related issues.
Family members of college students are essentially the backbone of the students’ success during their first year in college. Yes, the student is an adult now and is responsible for their own well-being, but it is still important to keep interest in their coursework and responsibilities. Try to remember important dates: vacation times, midterms, finals, registration dates, tuition payment deadlines, and any special events. Sometimes students need a little reminding until they get into the swing of things.
Becoming familiar with resources offered by Florida Tech is also a great way to be supportive! Sometimes students forget about the huge variety of resources that are readily available to them so it does help to remind them of the awesome opportunities that await them! (i.e. tutoring services, career management services, campus services, student life services, etc.)
If they don’t call every day, it’s okay! Student life on campus can be very busy and exciting. There often isn’t enough time in the day. Your son or daughter will be busy keeping up with classes and getting involved on campus. It’s perfectly fine to call, but set aside a mutual time that you can talk without disrupting their academics or prior commitments. This will also help instill independence, as well as responsible behavior. It will be difficult to decide when to intervene and when to let your student figure things out for themselves. Your student may just need an opportunity to vent and you can serve them well by listening, offering advice, and letting them handle the challenges themselves.
The University's Part
Here at Florida Tech, we take pride in our students and we treat them as adults. Students are not considered as just a number in the system but as a responsible individual!
We work with students to make sure they get the very best out of their education and experience at college.
We genuinely care! We try to make sure that each student is safe, happy and healthy, both physically and mentally.