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Your Student’s Transition to College: Help without Hovering
Danette Norman Till, Director of Counseling Services
During Advising and Registration Days for our new first year students I had the opportunity to meet many of you this summer and together we prepared for the excitement and angst of your son or daughter heading off to college. Just a few reminders of what you can expect within yourself, particularly if you are a parent of a first year student:
Your son or daughter may have different reactions to starting to college which may include:
We encourage you to stay connected to your student, while also letting go. Encourage your student to stay on campus, particularly the first few weeks. This is the time to connect to other students and if your student is struggling with homesickness, the easiest thing to do is to return home. Encourage them to check out activities on campus or attend sporting events. As a parent, write emails, send notes/cards or care packages, visit campus and attend events, celebrate successes of your student, and offer support. Additional tips to remember:
Campus Store: 260-982-5275
Cottage Creations Florist & Gift Shop 260-982-2028
North Manchester Greenhouse & Florist 260-982-8023
Motel/Hotel in North Manchester:
(see http://www.manchester.edu/Common/VisitingManchester/accommodations.htm for full listing of area accommodations):
North Manchester Police Department: 260-982-8555
Wabash County Hospital: 800-346-2110
We are glad that you and your student have chosen Manchester University and it will be exciting to watch as your student finds his or her place here. We welcome you!