Call it a parent's intuition, but you know when it's time to ask, "What's wrong?" and you know how to help. Yet, when your child is away at school, you may not be able to step in so easily and help make things right. Don't worry! There are plenty of folks on campus to help your student, no matter what the problem is.

Academics

If your child is struggling with classes, ask if they have spoken with any of these people:

  • Professors know the material better than anyone, so why not go straight to the source? Ask your child if they have visited the professor during office hours or after class.
  • Check with Academic Assistance. They have tutors to help students.
  • If you sense that your student is really struggling, suggest that they speak with someone in the Office of Disability Services. Your student might be entitled to extra time to take tests or a quiet testing area, free from distraction.
  • Don't forget the academic advisor. An advisor might be able to offer other options specific to your child's campus.

Housing

  • If your child is having a problem with his roommate, encourage them to talk to the roommate. Often times, small things are ignored too long and turn into bigger problems.
  • Make sure your student has told their roommate nicely what is bothering them. If it persists, there are people who can help.
  • Encourage your child to talk with residence life staff. They are most likely trained in mediation and can help roommates come to a compromise.
  • If your child doesn't feel like it's working out, suggest that they talk to someone in the Residence Life or Housing office. They will make the determination whether a room change is necessary or even possible and can help finalize that process.

Emotional health

  • When something big, like a death in the family or a divorce, has happened, your child might feel overwhelmed. Or if you sense that your student's class load is particularly tough, you might suggest that they seek someone to talk to about it.
  • The Counseling Center offers licensed professionals who will listen to your child and help them find balance.
  • Career Services can help a student define why they are at college. They provide testing to help students decide on career interests and possible majors.

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