Students aren’t the only ones making an adjustment to college life—family members transition, too! Our family orientation program is designed to help families of our new you understand your changing role and support your student through his or her own transition.
Helping with the transition to MSU
Parents and family members can do a great deal to help students transition. We recommend that you:
- Let your student take the lead in registering for a SOAR session and completing checklist items in preparing for SOAR. Doing so gets your student involved in the process and encourages personal responsibility, a trait highly beneficial for new college students.
- Encourage your student to make decisions and take an active role at SOAR. Doing so will help your student build confidence in their decision-making skills and show them that as an independent adult, they are responsible for their own decisions.
- Ensure your student attends all SOAR activities. Each activity is designed to contribute to his or her academic, social, or personal success at college.
- Support your student’s relationship with their academic advisor. Academic advisors play an important role in students’ success; this relationship is so essential we begin this process at SOAR. To foster this bond, family members are not permitted to attend students’ advising and registration sessions. We realize your advice is valuable, as well; you will have opportunities to receive information from your student’s advisor and share your thoughts with your student prior to his or her registration.