We know this is a really exciting but nerve racking time for parents and guardians. First and foremost, rest assured that your student is in good hands at Waynesburg University. We are experts at helping all kinds of students successfully make the transition to college life and have teams of trained professionals in place across all areas of the college experience. Our small size also affords us the opportunity to really get to know your student, be available any time they need help or have questions, and pay attention to spot and troubleshoot any warning signs.
It’s important to give your student space to make their own decisions—and sometimes their own mistakes. Part of the learning process, in life and in the classroom alike, requires failing, but we’re here to help them turn any failure into personal growth. This article from The Washington Post offers advice from college counselors and can provide some more direction for parents. Their top tips:
-Offer support, but don’t solve problems.
-Ask questions before giving advice
-Give advice, then give space.
-Always trust your gut: You are the expert on your child and sometimes decisions or solutions are “outside their pay grade.”
We respect our students’ privacy and there are some things we are legally required not to share about your student’s experience unless we receive their approval.
We do provide opportunities for you to connect with your students on campus, including letting you surprise your student with cupcakes and a balloon bouquet on their birthday or other special occasion. All proceeds benefit the WU Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trip Scholarship. You can do that here.