Home Sweet Home
Regardless of whether your student is ready to start their college adventure, or a little nervous about what is ahead, it is a good idea to put those redecorating ideas on hold. Their room at home will be a comfort for them whenever they come back for a visit. Knowing that they have their old room at home will show them you, as parents, are excited for their next trip home!
Balancing the Budget
Helping your student come up with a budget before classes start is a great way to get their financial situation in order. Have them begin implementing that budget the summer before they come to Northwestern. There are many fun activities for your student to do on-campus, as well as in the Twin Cities area. Having a budget will allow your student to partake in as many of those activities as possible.
What should a student's budget consist of?
Healthy and Happy
Your student will have to adjust to a different lifestyle during their first few weeks of college. Before classes start, take time to talk with your student about how to stay healthy. Also, talk through what to do if your student does become sick while at school.
Talk with your doctor or an employee from our health services office about what forms, cards, records, etc. your student should bring with them to college.
It is important that both you as parents, and your student know what a safe campus we have here at Northwestern. Public Safety will give you some more information about general safety and parking on-campus. The webpage will also allow your student to get information regarding the campus shuttle service available for their use.
The University of Northwestern Bookstore can help your student prepare for the new semester. Your student can order books online and have them ready to pick-up during orientation, or the bookstore staff can help to find books when you come to campus. There is also plenty of UNW Eagle attire, school supplies, snacks, etc. to purchase in the bookstore.
This is your opportunity to learn more about Northwestern. It will expose you to many members of our faculty and staff through events, including our welcome session. Throughout the weekend, several informational meetings will provide you with important information for your family and your student.
College is a brand new experience for your student. Sending them encouraging messages is a great way to help them through the first few weeks... actually, their whole college career! Ask your student how you as parents can be praying for them as well.
Encourage your student to take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved on-campus! Involvement is not only a great way to serve the Lord with the gifts and abilities He has given your student, but it is a way for your student to take a mental break from their busy class schedule.
The end of the semester, as well as the end of the school year, is a great time to revisit some of these areas again. Have a conversation with your student about their plans for the upcoming summer and the next school year. The summer is a great time for them to gain valuable internship or work experience. Career Development is a great resource for your student to use!
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