Whether this is your first experience with higher education or another step in a long family tradition, you know that this is a critical passage for your son or daughter. As they take on new challenges, they prepare for full-fledged adulthood. It is our privilege to participate in that process.
The Office of Residence Services actively pursues to enhance the quality of life on campus, to support the academic needs of resident students and to compliment the academic goals of Wright State University. Your student will be invited to become a full partner in this endeavor. National research and our experience show that students who live on campus perform better academically and graduate earlier than their off-campus counterparts. I ask that you encourage your student to take full advantage of this marvelous opportunity.
The staff of Residence Services is committed to providing students with safe, clean, well-maintained, reasonably priced housing where both academic success and personal growth are promoted. So, please call on us if we can help in any way.
Director, Office of Residence Services
The first year of college can be a very exciting,
yet challenging, experience. Students may be leaving
home for the first time and may be feeling a great
deal of anxiety about the exploration, affirmation,
and independence that lies ahead. The parent's
role during this time is an integral part of the
experience. How you respond to your student's
concerns can have a great impact on his or her
adjustment and success.
Being a parent of a first-year college student
can be difficult at times. You may have feelings
of frustration and helplessness. Parents must
be prepared to listen and answer such concerns
as "I don't like my roommate" or "this professor
doesn't like me," or even "I want to come home."
These are common first-year students' statements
and can play an important part of the valuable
process your students will undertake while establishing
Parents should challenge themselves to be supportive
while still allowing their student to take the
proper steps towards adulthood. A common term
used at colleges and universities is "empowerment,"
which, in this context, means to provide students
with the skills and resources needed to make responsible
decisions. Even while at home, parents play an
important role in the process.
Concerns Of First Year Students
Most students at one time or another experience
homesickness. It is common for first-year students
to feel it, especially during the first six
weeks on campus. Parents can help by listening
to their student and validating his or her feelings,
offering to come and visit their son or daughter
instead of having him or her come home, and/or
encouraging their student to speak to a residence
hall staff member or the counseling center.
- "There is nothing to do here"
First-year college students may have difficult
time getting involved at first. Although students
do have to take some initiative, opportunities
to get involved are available at virtually every
corner- intramural activities, student leadership
organizations, athletic teams and events, and
social functions. If your student complains
that he or she has nothing to do, please refer
him or her to the Student Organization Complex
located in the Student Union Atrium; here your
student can find the offices of the major six
campus organizations and find out about going
to events or getting involved. Also, residence
hall staffs regularly offer social and educational
programs right in the building, giving students
an opportunity to interact with their neighbors
and learn skills that can help in class performance.
- Academic Anxiety
Academic anxiety is a problem for many first-year
students. College coursework is very different
then curriculum in most high schools. Common
anxieties among college students include time
and priority management, scholarships pressures,
and the structural differences between a typical
college and high school day.
If you sense that your student is experiencing
anxiety related to his or her classes and/orcourse
work, a number of resources are available on
campus to help: class instructors, Community
Directors, Resident Assistants, and the Office
of Councelling and Wellness Services.
- Roommate Conflicts
When two people live in closet quarters, conflict
is bound to arise. Quite often conflicts arise
because roommates fail to communicate their
expectations. If your student has a problem
with a roommate, encourage him or her to sit
down and calmly discuss the situation with his
or her roommate. If you feel the individuals
involved need assistance resolving their conflict,
refer them to the Resident Assistant or Community
Director. Staff will attempt to first resolve
any conflicts with a roommate agreement. Most
students find it extremely beneficial to complete
a Roommate Contract at the beginning of the
school year. The Roommate Contract is a tool
in which all roommates sit down together and
discuss rules for the room. Establishing parameters
at the beginning of the year helps set tone
for the remainder of the year. If necessary,
an RA or the Community Director may participate
as mediator if necessary. The Roommate Contract
becomes extension to the Student Code of Conduct
should problems arise.
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