First Year (’26)

Starting August 15, 2022, weekly messages for parents and families of students in the Class of 2026 will be posted on this page. We hope these will be a helpful resource for you as your student transitions to life at Wake Forest. Bookmark this site and check back each week of the fall semester for a new message. Messages will also be linked in the Daily Deac.


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Reflection during Winter Break

First-year families: your Deacs are done! Winter Break officially begins! As such, this will be our last Weekly Message. Now that your Deac has completed their first semester of college – and classes don’t start ...

Having Your Deacs Home for an Extended Time

Finals week is here, which means Winter Break is right around the corner. When your Deac comes home for Winter Break, it’s not like they will be returning to what life was like in high ...

As Finals Approach

Your Deac’s first set of college final exams is just around the corner. Finals run December 5-10 (see the Calendars page of the Registrar’s website). A to-do list from a student studying for finals in ...

Traditions for the Holidays

The holidays are coming, and today I want to share a couple of holiday traditions that your first-year students can (and should!) partake in between now and final exams. The Lighting of the Quad will ...

Dos and Don'ts of Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break will soon here. This might be the first time you’ve had your student home since Move-In. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts to consider as you plan to have your Deac home ...

And I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Our Gen X families may recall the great U2 anthem I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. For many first-year students, they are still actively going through the adjustment to college. They might not ...

The Honor Code

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 code ...

Thoughts on Registration

Registration for spring semester classes begins the week of October 31st (see the Academic Services calendar). Students have a wide range of resources to help them plan their classes: at minimum, they must meet with ...

Health and Wellbeing

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. ...

If I do it, what is my student learning?

Your new Deacs are navigating a lot right now: their academics, their social lives, figuring out everything from when and where to eat, to how much studying they need to do, to how to live ...

Grade Expectations

At this time each fall, I start to hear from first-year students who have gotten their first grade back on a test, paper, or their midterm grade – and they are panicking. Their grade is ...

Midterm Exams

This week, we will talk about midterms. Midterms are exams that happen about the middle of the semester. Not every class has a midterm exam, but for those who do, they are definitely on your students’ ...

Navigating the Classroom and Professors

One of the hallmarks of the Wake Forest experience is the relationships that can be developed between students and faculty. Like any relationship, those have to be built over time, with deliberate effort. Faculty want ...

Navigating social life

One of the challenges that new students face is how to navigate social life. That includes everything from finding friends, to what to do on a Friday or Saturday night, to making decisions about alcohol ...

The Frantic Phone Call/Text/FaceTime

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 every nuance of your student’s ...

Contact

To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.