UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Can you believe the first semester is already several weeks underway? We hope that you and your family had as much fun on Move-In Day as we did! There’s nothing quite like the beginning of a fresh academic year, and we love seeing all of the connections and excitement that our new students bring to campus.
Although the excitement of a new year and new opportunities are real, there are certainly challenges new students may encounter at some point in their transition and it is important for you to be aware of them. Your student may be experiencing areas of new growth including:
A few questions you can ask your student to gauge how they are handling this aspect of their transition include:
· What are you doing for fun when you have some downtime?
· Are you attending campus events?
· Are you connecting with your classmates outside of class?
· Have you picked a club or organization to join yet?
If they haven’t joined an organization, it’s never too late! The more events and programs they attend with other students, the more likely they will be to build those connections. Even the smallest act of keeping their residence hall room door open can help them connect with other students.
2. Adjusting to academics. Regardless of your student’s high school performance, college courses are going to be different. The academic expectations are different. Even transferring from one college to another means there will be some variance in expectations within the classroom. Some courses may prove to be more difficult for your student. If your student is nervous about their academic performance, there are plenty of resources available them.