First Year (’20)

Reflection during Winter Break

December 12, 2016

First-year families: your Deacs are in the home stretch of their first semester and they will be coming home soon for Winter Break. You will have the chance to hear their stories of college, to see… [Read More]

As Finals Approach

December 6, 2016

Your Deacs’ first set of college final exams is just around the corner.

A to-do list from a student studying for finals in the ZSR Library.

A to-do list from a student studying for finals in the ZSR Library. Click to enlarge.

There is much to be done – final papers,… [Read More]

Having Your Deacs Home Again

November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving break just happened, and many Wake Forest students headed home for the long weekend.  In a few short weeks we’ll be at Winter Break, when all the students will be home for close to a… [Read More]

Time Management and Overcommitment

October 31, 2016


A difficult challenge most students face their first semester is time management. Many Wake Forest students were used to juggling complicated schedules in high school – academics,… [Read More]

The Honor Code

October 21, 2016

Honor is something we take very seriously at Wake Forest.  We have an Honor Code that all students must abide by, and which guides the behavior of our campus.  It is the University’s ethical standard and… [Read More]

Ups and Downs

October 17, 2016

One of the most challenging things for college parents and families is deciphering their student’s emotions.  Instead of being at home across the kitchen table – where you can see your student’s face and body… [Read More]

Test Anxiety and Midterms - Two Perspectives

October 10, 2016

Midterms are happening, and they are definitely on your students’ minds.  Here are two perspectives on midterms: one from a former student intern, who I will refer to as Intern E, and… [Read More]

Grade Expectations

September 30, 2016

Over the past week I have heard from multiple first-year students who have gotten their first grade back on a test or on a paper – and they are panicking.  The grade is not what they expected or hoped for, they… [Read More]

Getting Involved and Finding a Niche

September 27, 2016

Your first-year students are about a month in to school. They are adjusting to the new academic expectations and workload, and hopefully are finding a rhythm to college life. They are also… [Read More]

Health and Wellbeing

September 19, 2016

If your student has never lived away from home before – and most Wake Forest students have not – being a college student means being fully responsible and autonomous for all aspects of daily life.  Absent… [Read More]

Homesickness and Adjusting to Community Living

September 12, 2016

There is no small measure of anxiety when families drop off their students at college.  You worry about whether your student will get along with his/her roommate, the adjustment to… [Read More]

Navigating the Classroom and Professors

September 5, 2016

Classes have begun, and your students have been sorting through the syllabus for each of their classes, doing their homework and participating in class.  They are probably also realizing… [Read More]

Welcome to Wake Forest and Winston-Salem

August 25, 2016

It’s the first week of school.  It’s finally real.  College is beginning.

So – how can you encourage your students to make the most of their new home, both on campus and in the… [Read More]


For more information on how to contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.

If Your Student Has a Problem

One of the most important ways parents and families can help their students in college is by encouraging them to solve their own problems. Please bookmark or print out this Stop, Drop, and Roll flyer so you have it when your student contacts you with a problem.  Also, the flyer lists contact information for urgent and serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.

Orientation 2016 Handouts and Slide Shows

Select information and presentations from Orientation 2016 are available online.