Parent involvement plays a key role in the academic success of students during their college years. For this reason, Wilmington College conducts a Parent & family Orientation which runs concurrently with the new student summer orientation program. While family members are not required to attend the Summer “O”, past participants indicated the program eased anxiety, provided a “sneak peak” into the classroom, gave ample opportunities to discuss concerns and had their questions answered.
Why should Parents and Family members attend summer orientation?
According to College Parents of America, there are several important reasons to attend the Parent Orientation.
- You will learn important campus specific information. Learn about important issues, personal development and academic success of your student
- You will meet key college contacts. Meet faculty, staff, and students and learn about academic expectations, student support services and campus involvement
- You will meet other parents & Learn what it means to be a member of the Wilmington College community
- You will get a sense of the place where your student will be spending time.
- Learn about student code of conduct, campus policies and procedures
- Ask face to face questions regarding financial aid, campus activities, and athletics
- This is a good opportunity to imagine your child on this campus.
- You will have more information for conversations with your student. The more you know about the questions to ask your student, and the more information you have, the more productive your conversations can be.
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you will send an important message to your student that you are interested in her education and that you want to be involved in what she will be doing for the next few years. Your presence sends her an important, and lasting, message.
Information provided by www.collegeparents.org