UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Is your student expressing that they are struggling?
The reality is that not all students have a smooth transition to college, and in fact, the majority of students experience at least some kind of challenge when starting college. Often, this is the time of the year that students will start to voice their second thoughts (if they haven’t already) about college or UW-River Falls. It can be daunting to be on the receiving end of a phone call with your student expressing their frustrations, especially when you would like to be able to fix their problems for them. Regardless of what the source of their trouble is, it is important to keep in mind the different options your student has. Below are some conversations you can have with your student:
Sometimes students are not yet ready to take on the challenges of college and their best option might be to leave the university. This is a big decision and should not be taken lightly. There are various steps a student needs to do to make sure that they withdraw properly, including contacting the Financial Aid Office and the Registrar’s Office to officially withdraw from their classes. Because of this, students should work with their academic adviser who will help them formally withdraw. Whether your student takes a semester away or a couple years away, they are always welcome to re-enroll. More information on withdrawing can be found on the Registrar’s website.
Regardless of a student’s history or previous situations, college can present students with challenges and opportunities for complex decisions, but with every challenge, there is an opportunity for your student to grow. As parents and family members, you know your student best. If something does not feel right and you are unsure of how to help, please connect with our office or another campus office to help determine steps that might be right for your student.