First Year Family Blog

Welcome, Falcon Family Members!


Your student’s transition to college can have the potential to impact you and your family in different ways. This blog provides additional information regarding different experiences or challenges your new Falcon may face throughout their first year and how to continue to support them. From topics like stress management, course registration, academic resources, we aim to provide you with helpful insight on how to help your student navigate their college journey. Check back monthly for updated posts relating to the student experience throughout the year!

Family Walking on Campus

Preparing for the transition

The beginning of the fall semester is rapidly approaching. As a family member of an incoming college student, you may be feeling a wide range of emotions including excitement, pride, and at times, nervousness. Whether your student is moving to campus or will be commuting from home, an evitable shift in your relationship dynamics can be anticipated.

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A UWRF Welcome Sign on Campus

Conversations to have with your student


We are already well into the summer season, and before you know it, the fall semester will be starting. Although it may seem early to be discussing expectations for the college transition, we assure you that having these conversations sooner rather than later will benefit both you and your student alike. 

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Family Walking on Campus

Ways to support your new Falcon

Summer is officially here, and we are so excited about the new chapter you and your family are about to begin. With every new chapter your family encounters, there are sure to be changes. Whether your student is brand new to college, transferring from another college, living on-campus or commuting to campus there will be shifts in how you support your student.

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Students on a couch outside of Grimm Hall

We're still here to help

While you likely expected that supporting your student’s first year of college would provide its challenges and curveballs, no one ever anticipated that a global pandemic causing classes and home life to be upended would occur.
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