weekly messages for P'22 families

First Year (’22)

Weekly messages for parents and families of incoming students in the Class of 2022 will be posted during the fall semester. 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 for a new message.

As Finals Approach

November 26, 2018

Your Deacs just got back after the Thanksgiving break, but their 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… [Read More]

Health and Wellbeing

November 5, 2018

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]

Time Management and Overcommitment

October 22, 2018

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]

Ups and Downs

October 15, 2018

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]

The Honor Code

October 8, 2018

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]

Getting Involved and Finding a Niche

September 24, 2018

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]

Grade Expectations

September 19, 2018

At this time each fall, I start to hear from 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]

Navigating the Classroom and Professors

September 10, 2018

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]

Homesickness and Adjusting to Community Living

September 3, 2018

This week’s message for first-year families is about two common issues students face in their first few weeks of school: negotiating residence hall (aka dormitory) life and… [Read More]

Welcome to Wake Forest and Winston-Salem

August 26, 2018

After all the hard work of admissions applications and senior year of high school, your students have finally arrived at college!  Here we are at the first week of school.  It’s the… [Read More]


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

If Your Student Has a Problem

One of the best ways parents/families can help their students is to let them solve their own problems. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem.  The flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.

Orientation 2018 slide shows

Select slide shows and handouts from Orientation sessions are available online.