Just for Parents: Helping with the Transition to College and Beyond

The writing staff of the Daily Deac has been at New Student Receptions this week and it has been a great joy to meet so many excited new students and families who are getting ready for school to start.  The members of the Class of 2017 that I met have been bright and energetic and eager – in short, very Wake Forest!

The Orientation schedule is available online for new parents (see it here) – and one of the premier sessions for parents is called “Just for Parents: Helping with the Transition to College and Beyond.”  This program is co-facilitated by two experts in student development – Dr. James Raper of the Counseling Center and Dr. Joanne Clinch of Student Health.  The full description of the session is below.

Having attended myself for the past two years, I can tell you this is a good discussion of some of the changes students experience while adjusting to college, as well as how the family dynamics shift.  The session provides both information and advice on how to make the transition as smooth as possible, and it allows parents of new students to have a venue to ask questions and get expert opinions on how to support new students.

We posted a link on the Wake Forest Parents Facebook page yesterday about signing up for the session, and two current WFU parents quickly chimed in about the value of this program.  They say it better than I can – so here are two testimonials:

“I highly recommend this for new families. I attended it last year and it helped so much for my child’s transition to college.”

“That was a fabulous session and one that was helpful even though we had already been through the send-off of our son’s 3 older siblings. Thank you WF!”

If you want to join this session, please use the link below to register.  This session will fill, so reserve your place today!

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Just for Parents: Helping with the Transition to College and Beyond – click here to register 

Thursday, August 22, 7 p.m.

Benson University Center, room 401

A very well-attended program for parents for twenty-five years!

Sponsored by the University Counseling Center and Student Health Service, this parents-only presentation will focus on topics including: common issues experienced during the college years, child/parent relationship strategies, healthy boundaries, suggestions for maintaining emotional and physical health, and ways to access the numerous support systems available on campus.

Presenters Dr. Joanne Clinch (Student Health Service) and Dr. James Raper (University Counseling Center) will provide both education and opportunities for interactive discussion in an informal and fun atmosphere. In addition there will be a panel of experts from the Division of Student Life available for additional questions from the audience. Registration is required (space is limited, so register early).

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