New students face many exciting changes upon entering college life, but don't forget that this means changes for parents and families too!  When preparing to send a son or daughter, brother or sister, etc. to Illinois Wesleyan we encourage parents and family members to think about:

  1. How will you/your family be able to cope with not being able to do everything for your student?
  2. How will you/your family be able to cope with not knowing everything about your student?
  3. How will you/your family cope with not having your student around as much?

To help facilitate a smooth transition in the fall consider these questions with regard to your family and your student. 

Langford, M. (2005). Letting go vs. transitioning. Orientation Review, NODA.

Feel free to explore the links in the left sidebar for helpful Parent Resources, including Important Dates and Handouts from Experience IWU: Parent Orientation.

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Co-hosted by Matthew Damschroder, Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life, and Monica Villegas, an IWU Sophomore, with production and technical expertise and support, as well as contributions and participation from Associate Dean of Students Darcy L. Greder. The First Year Frequency is a weekly production with content directed towards helping parents to understand the experiences of their incoming students, and the developmental issues common to the transition from high school to college. In the first few weeks, we will discuss:

  • The “getting settled” process
  • Campus resources
  • Health Services and Counseling Services
  • Campus involvement
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Academic expectations
  • Answers to your questions

Please join us each Wednesday starting August 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM CT.

The First Year Frequency will start August 28, 2013 for a series of weekly one-hour shows wrapping up on October 29.

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