Connecting with your college student
These questions come as suggestions from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) website as conversation starters to ask your student during school breaks to gain insights into their adjustment and experience at college:
- What do you know about your professors? Their backgrounds, educational training or interests?
- Have you found any faculty members to be particularly encouraging or helpful?
- Can you figure out or understand the objectives of each of your classes?
- Have you had to do any report or research writing?
- What skills do you now know you need to be a better student?
- Have you experienced any anxiety or sleeplessness?
- Was there anything about the campus that surprised you?
- Any ideas about your future academic plans or focus?
- What will your academic load be like next semester?
- Academically, what has been the most interesting class or topic for you?
- Can you think of anything we can do to help?
- Are there any groups or organizations you are thinking of joining?
- Have you been using any of the resources on campus?
- Has there been any point in which you wanted to leave and just come home? Why? How did you overcome it?
- How much of a shock was college life for you when compared to high school?
- Can you spot those who you know will succeed academically from those who are going to have difficulty?
- What advice are you going to offer your [younger sibling, relative or friend] about what to do in preparation for college life?