weekly messages for P'21 families

First Year (’21)

Weekly messages for parents and families of incoming students in the Class of 2021 are here as a 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

December 5, 2017

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]

Dos and Don'ts of Thanksgiving Break

November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Break is likely the first time your Deacs will be home for an extended period of time.  Here are a few Dos and Don’ts to consider for your reunited family.


Ask them about their… [Read More]

Health and Wellbeing

November 6, 2017

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]

Having Your Deacs Home Again

November 1, 2017

Thanksgiving break is a couple of weeks away, and many Wake Forest students will be headed home for it.  Just a few weeks after, the semester will end and all our students will vacate campus for… [Read More]

Time Management and Overcommitment

October 23, 2017

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 16, 2017

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 9, 2017

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]

Test Anxiety and Midterms - Two Perspectives

October 2, 2017

Midterms are happening soon, 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,… [Read More]

Grade Expectations

September 25, 2017

At this time each fall, I 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 are… [Read More]

Getting Involved and Finding a Niche

September 18, 2017

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]

Navigating the Classroom and Professors

September 11, 2017

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 4, 2017

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 25, 2017


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… [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 2017 slide shows

Select slide shows from Orientation sessions are available online.