Congratulations on your son's or daughter's admission to Nassau Community College! We are very pleased that your child will be attending Nassau.
We hope you will join us at our parents’ orientation program later this summer. This program will be an opportunity for you to meet College representatives and learn more about Nassau. You will receive an invitation to this program in January.
Many parents want to know how they can help their sons and daughters succeed in college. Though there’s no “magic” formula for academic success, here are some suggestions worth keeping in mind.
Emphasize the Value of Education
Behind almost every successful college student is a family that values education and that recognizes its importance to the quality of young people’s lives. Remind your sons and daughters that their education matters as much to you as it does to them. Encourage them to make college a priority.
Think of College as a Full-Time Job
Though college classes don’t meet as often as high school classes, students are nevertheless expected to devote a great deal of time to their studies. This often means making adjustments in other areas of their lives—especially outside employment. Working may be important and perhaps necessary, but so too is college.
Remember that College is Different from High School
For many college students, adjusting to the pace and expectations of college can be a challenge. If your son or daughter seems concerned about making this transition, you might suggest an appointment with a counselor or an academic advisor. Both will offer helpful advice.
Be Flexible About Family Schedules and Responsibilities
Between attending classes and preparing for them, college students have many demands on their time. As a result, their schedules are sometimes hectic and unpredictable. You can make life less stressful for your sons and daughters by being flexible about family schedules and responsibilities. Your understanding and cooperation will help a great deal.
Encourage Career Exploration
The College believes career exploration to be an important part of every student’s education.It encourages students to be open to a variety of career possibilities, to investigate areas of interest, and to participate, when possible, in career-related internships. Similar encouragement from you would also be very helpful.
Encourage Involvement in Campus Activities
Campus activities—cultural events, lectures, clubs, and sports—are an important part of students’ college experience. They complement students’ classroom education and offer participants opportunities to learn about themselves, others, and the world at large. Encourage your sons and daughters to take advantage of this valuable resource.
Be Accepting and Supportive
College years are a time of change for many students. They are a time when students make decisions not only about their education and careers but about their values and beliefs. While you may not agree with every one of these decisions, it’s important that you continue to support your children and remain a presence in their lives.