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Helping Your Student Cross the Higher Education Finish Line. College for Texans Campaign. Congratulations on your student’s success.

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congratulations on your student s success
Congratulations on your student’s success.
  • Your support was crucial in getting to this point. Your student still needs it to get through college successfully. Imagine the bright future that lies ahead of your college student.
adjusting to college can be challenging
Adjusting to college can be challenging.
  • So many new things to learn and lots of new people to meet. You can help your student by expressing your support. Above all, tell your son or daughter often that they will make it and that you are proud of them!
the empty nest
The empty nest
  • Sending a student off to college can bring mixed emotions: excitement, sadness, worry, relief, etc.
  • Even though it can be tough letting go, many parents find reassurance in learning about the vast array of services that are available to students in college.
high school vs college
Responsibility Work load IndependenceHigh school vs. college
  • Teacher = Professor/instructor/teaching assistant
  • Classmates = More diversity
  • Classes = More choices/challenging
making the grade
Making the grade
  • Academic advisors help students select classes to meet degree plans.
  • Tutors and computer labs are free.
  • Professors and teaching assistants have office hours to help students.
study tips for students
Study tips for students
  • Encourage your student to:
    • Find a study buddy
    • Take clear notes
    • Develop a study routine for each class
getting organized
Getting organized
  • Encourage your student to:
    • Use a daily/monthly planner
    • Keep a weekly schedule
    • Be prepared to study anytime
  • “Time management does not mean depriving yourself of fun; it means working smarter to have time for fun.”

“Juggling Act,” The Eagle, Northeast Texas Community College, Sept. 26, 2002

file now smile later
File now, smile later.
  • Help your son or daughter create a filing system to keep track of important documents such as:
    • Medical, dental, and shot records
    • Health and car insurance information
    • Financial aid documents
  • Encourage your teen to create a personal portfolio with copies of:
    • Writing samples and projects
    • Resume and cover letters
    • Letters of recommendation
covering the basics
Covering the basics
    • Sleeping
    • Eating
    • Exercising
  • Tip: Students still need regular medical and dental checkups—find out what kind of health services the college offers before they get sick!
all work and no play is no fun
All work and no play is no fun.
  • Encourage your student to:
    • Learn a new skill, sport, or language
    • Volunteer, mentor, or tutor
    • Join a student organization or club
participate
Participate!
  • Doing well in academics is important, but it’s also good to participate in activities to build communication skills, public speaking skills, teamwork, etc.
housing
Housing
  • Some students prefer to live in dorms while others choose to live off campus.
  • Find out what the dorm or apartment offers before packing.
  • Living with a friend or someone new can be fun and challenging. Open communication is key!
money talk
Money talk
    • Have your student open a bank account
    • Help write a budget and stress staying on it
    • Remind your teen to go easy with credit cards
    • If your student gets into trouble, help is available
  • Tip: Don’t forget to apply for financial aid every year (in January)! The earlier, the better.
tips on saving money in college
Tips on saving money in college
  • Buy used books.
  • Split costs with a roommate.
  • Become a resident assistant (RA).
  • Take advantage of free activities and entertainment on campus.
  • Choose basic campus services.
  • Communicate via e-mail.
  • Suggest your teen use public transportation.
  • Help find work for summer and winter breaks.
working for a living
Working for a living
  • If your student decides to work, don’t let them jeopardize their education by spreading themselves too thinly.
but mom i don t know what i want to do with my life
“But Mom, I don’t know what I want to do with my life…”
  • Career centers on campus usually offer:
    • Career counseling and assessment
    • Letter and resume writing
    • Application and interview skills
    • Part- and full-time job listings
    • Internships, co-ops, volunteer listings
    • Information on colleges, employers, Placement Services, etc.
who can cut the red tape
Who can cut the red tape?
  • Help from campus administrators can be found at the:
    • University President’s office
    • Dean of Student’s office
    • Office of the Ombudsman
remedies for homesickness
Remedies for homesickness
  • Send a care package—yummy!
  • Phone them and ask what their new life is like
  • Write e-mail notes with news from home
  • Send cards with pictures of family and friends
  • Mail a ticket home for the holidays or a break
survival gear
Survival gear
  • Calling cards
  • Tools for home and auto repair
  • Laundry instructions and lots of quarters
  • Basic cookbook with favorite recipes
  • Car maintenance tips
  • Emergency numbers
let the adventure begin
Let the adventure begin!
  • For information specific to admission at your student’s selected college, contact the college admission office.
  • For general admission and financial aid information, log on to:
  • www.collegefortexans.com
  • Call 1-888-311-8881free of charge and speak with a College for Texans representative. Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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