How can you support your student as they continue their educational journey?
1. Give your student the freedom to experience college on their own terms. Encourage them to set goals and find resources to understand what degrees match their talents and interests. The advising and retention office is a great place to start.
2. Encourage them to participate in classroom activities and join clubs or organizations to broaden their educational experience. This helps them build connections to JWCC, which often leads to better performance in the classroom.
3. Time management is crucial. Students have much more free time in college. Encourage them to think through their daily and weekly schedule. How will they manage their course load, part-time job and extracurricular activities? Make sure they seek tutoring assistance early for classes that prove challenging.
4. Encourage your student to make healthy choices. Between classes, jobs, study groups and other activities, poor eating and sleeping habits can form. Help them balance their activities, eat properly and avoid all-night study sessions.
5. Talk about the financial expectations that come with paying for college. Will your son or daughter work part-time to pay tuition? Be sure to complete the FAFSA as close to January 1 as possible. Our financial aid office can help.
6. Does your son or daughter plan to transfer to a four-year college or university? Encourage them to meet with an advisor early and often to map out courses to take at JWCC that transfer to the four-year college of their choice. Admissions representatives from area colleges visit JWCC regularly.