I was overwhelmed by the energy of the campus as I was walking the campus to take some pictures. Often I forget that I work at a university campus filled with dreamers, innovators, and future leaders that are global. I found myself just using all of it in while smiling at students and parents I have never met before. ( It could have been a little weird, but hey, I became caught in a minute). Suddenly, I wished to travel back in its history, get back once again to college and experience this all over again!
Yesterday morning, I saw the look of excitement and awe on the faces of first-year students as they certainly were entering their dorms for the time that is first. Subsequently, we sensed an amount that is great of and a little bit of hesitation from parents because they struggled to allow their kids go. It is obvious that this moment is really a milestone in every of their lives. Students look ahead to their next four years at USC and wonder at all of the opportunities it could bring, while parents feel a sense of success simply because they were somewhat responsible to get their kids to college. With all of these feelings swirling on campus, I am able to realise why there were therefore many hugs going around.
During the welcome convocation today, speakers stood in front for the incoming course of 2017 and provided suggestions about how to take advantage of their time only at USC. I want to reiterate what Professor Harkness, from the Dornsife university, said during her speech: Be present. It’s not as easy in your own life as it sounds but you will be a better human being the sooner you can practice it. To your new incoming freshmen at USC and present kids; I challenge you become present. Be present in your classes. Be there in your conversations. Be present while you research your options. Be present when you’re meeting new people. Be current when you write your statements that are personal. Be present when you study for your AP/IB tests. Be present when the tests are taken by you. Show up when you ask her/him out. Be contained in conflict. Be contained in new challenges. Be contained in all of one’s experiences that are new adventures. Take it all in. Be present!
Hey Parents! Listen Up!
Parents play a crucial role in the entire college process. Usually times, moms and dads help subsidize some, if not all, of going to an university, and they are always here to inquire of those specific ‘parent’ questions you need to ask the tour guide when the last meningitis outbreak was? that you as students can’t be bothered with (really mom, did)
However, there are circumstances where moms and dads must have a seat that is back allow their sons and daughters to ask the difficult questions. Here, we now have a compiled a list of ‘dos and donts’ about parenting throughout the college search and application process:
• Do help your son or child determine what they are looking for in a college, reminding them to consider location, size, academic programs, cost/financial aid, etc. Finding a good fit for your specific wants and requirements is more important than the cachet of the name.
• Don’t gather all of the information for them! Allow them to get hold of admission counselors and discover the information that is relevant themselves. After all, they’ll somewhere be in college in no time, which is important which they learn to navigate the procedure themselves.
• Do encourage your sons and daughters to go to university campuses, and have them on those tours! The way that is best to get acquainted with an university or college would be to make the visit to campus.
• Don’t check your sons and daughters in for campus trips, interviews, receptions, etc. Allow them do so! This shows us that they are mature and independent.
• Do remind your sons and daughters that not getting directly into their first choice school might appear just like the end of this globe at that minute, but that things work out and that they will be successful wherever they’re going provided that they strive. And, encourage them to transfer if that institution remains at the very top of the list even after enrolling somewhere else.
• Don’t fill their applications out for them! We can tell also it reflects poorly on the applicant. We understand that these are adults using and expect their applications to mention their true sound and style.
So the moral is: find a stability. Realize that your child is all about to embark on royal vegas a life-changing journey and that beginning to simply take ownership of the college application process is a good jumping off point. But, also rest assured if they involve where to send the care package that we are here to answer those tough ‘parent’ questions, even.