Your student has probably been longing for the freedom that attending college brings. However, along with that new-found freedom comes responsibility. The first six weeks are critical for making healthy choices during this transitional period. This is a good time to have a frank conversation about the social situations your student may be faced with, and the importance of healthy decision-making. Take some time to discuss your expectations and allow your student to have greater authority in making decisions. Encourage them to get involved in campus activities and become fully engaged in the Canisius experience.
Another reality of entering college is that students must now learn to manage their academic independence. Sometimes, they have a skewed perception of the academic workload in college; believing that it will be similar to that of high school, and end up disappointed and/or frustrated that they are unable to achieve the same results they were accustomed to achieving in high school. This response is perfectly normal. Have a conversation with them about expectations and encourage use of the course syllabi as roadmaps.
This is also an important time to explain to your student the importance of reaching out to a professor with questions or concerns. All professors have posted office hours and students should take advantage of those opportunities to meet with them. While at first it may seem uncomfortable for a student to approach a professor, it does get easier over the course of the semester. A wonderful benefit of attending a small school like Canisius is that professors get to know students on a personal level which can serve to enhance the student’s overall classroom experience.
Please note that tutoring services at the Griff Center will open on Tuesday, September 5. Tutoring services is a great resource for your student and offers academic support in writing, sciences, mathematics, and accounting as well as specific academic disciplines.