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Coaching Your Student to Success New Student Orientation 2014. Two trends. In 2012, the number of 18- to 30-year-olds living with their parents grew to 20.7 million, a 3.9 percent gain from 2010.

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Coaching Your Student to Success

New Student Orientation 2014

two trends
Two trends
  • In 2012, the number of 18- to 30-year-olds living with their parents grew to 20.7 million, a 3.9 percent gain from 2010.
  • In 1986, about half of parents reported that they had spoken with a grown child in the past week. In 2008, 87 percent said they had.
  • In 1988, less than half of parents gave advice to a grown child in the past month, and fewer than one in three had provided any hands-on help. Recent data show that nearly 90 percent of parents give advice and 70 percent provide some type of practical assistance every month.

What has changed about college over the years?

how do we prevent the boomerang
How do we prevent the boomerang?
  • Give them room to grow.
  • Make them interdependent.
  • Encourage them to get involved.
  • Encourage career readiness.

Room to Grow

helping them grow
Helping them grow

If we keep them in a small container, they won’t ever grow.


Make them Interdependent




You rely on someone else completely.



You rely on yourself alone (even when you can’t handle something).



You are capable of standing along, but can accept help when needed.


i want you to have something
I want you to have something
  • Office
  • (936) 468-7249
  • Cell
  • (936) 553-8503
  • Home
  • (936) 462-1108
challenge and support
Challenge and Support



coaching towards autonomy
Coaching towards Autonomy

Helen Johnson,

author of “Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money,” suggest that parents think of themselves as coaches.

keeping a balance
Keeping a Balance
  • Before becoming involved in a situation, ask yourself if it helps or hurts your child in the long run if they handle it themselves.
  • Ask yourself if your involvement is helping or hurting your child’s ability to become autonomous, independent and interdependent.
  • Ask how you can balance challenge and support to aid them in addressing the issues they face.
but involve yourself in important things
But Involve yourself in important things

After all financial aid is applied to your bill, there may be aid left over. In most cases, this will be added to your higher one card.

Make sure students spend this responsibly.


Students who are not performing well, are behaving inappropriately or attending infrequently may be reported to the iCare program.

  • Ask Jack/Tell Jack
  • Available on our website.
  • By emailing
  • In person at our two Involvement
  • Center locations (BPSC/Steen Hall).

Students can direct any question to Ask Jack. If they have a concern or complaint they can also submit it via Tell Jack.


This is our Summer Reading for students. They need to complete this prior to coming to SFA. It has information to help them be successful.


n Communication


Conversations for the Car Ride Home



Pg. 20-21 of the Parent Handbook

This has good conversation starters for the ride home!


Get them Involved

  • Many give new students a piece of advice that seems sound, don’t get involved until you know you can handle the workload in the classroom.
  • This seems advisable, but has a clear flaw. Students who do not get involved will not necessarily spend that time studying. They’ll spend it in unproductive ways (video games, Facebook, etc.).
  • It is important to maintain balanced involvement. Too involved is just as bad as not involved at all.
why get involved
Why Get involved
  • Students who get involved…
  • Make more friends
  • Get better grades
  • Graduate at higher rates
  • Are more dedicated alumni

Our Award-Winning Involvement Center

Students can meet with students who are specially trained to help them find ways to get involved.

greek life
Greek Life?
  • Do your research!
  • Know your student.
  • Use the “power of the purse.”
freshman leadership academy1
Freshman Leadership Academy
  • Freshman Leadership Academy is a special section of SFA 101.
  • Participants interact weekly with student leaders and administrators.
  • Participants participate in meaningful service.
  • Students who complete the program are eligible to travel with the group to Monti Christi, Dominican Republic.
  • Four will be selected to have all of their expenses paid.


first year commons
First-Year Commons
  • Resources tailored for first-year
  • students placed right where
  • many live.
  • Open to residential and
  • commuter students.
  • AARC and IC locations.
  • Targeted programming for
  • residents.

Career Readiness

try not to pressure for a major
Try not to pressure for a major
  • While we may be tempted to encourage students to go for majors that make the most money, we have to remember their individual gifts.
  • Our personality type dictates where we get our energy.
  • If we do a job we hate for money, there will come a day when no amount of money is enough.
  • “Do what you love and you’ll be the best at it, someone will always pay you well if you are the best.”

For three of the ten areas identified, students indicated they had learned the skill in cocurricular programs more than in the classroom.

For five of the ten areas, student leaders indicated they had learned the skill in cocurricular programs more than in the classroom.

career resources
Career Resources
  • Visit the Office of Career Services
  • Students can sign up for Career Interpretation/Counseling
  • Job fairs
  • Assistance in creating resumes, portfolios, etc.

Dr. Adam Peck

Dean of Student Affairs

Office: 936.468.7249

Home: 936.462.1108

Cell: 936.553.8503