Our dean of students office contributes to sessions throughout the university’s fifteen summer orientation programs including a welcome, faculty panel, family program and resource fair. Prior to the faculty panel that I facilitate most mornings, our orientation staff shares a list of discussion questions, a quiz of sorts, for parents and families to share with their student on the ride home from orientation. This quiz is a handy tool for any prospective first-year student and for the families they leave behind.
What is something you learned at orientation that surprised you?
What are your academic and social expectations for the first semester of college?
How will you handle things if your expectations aren’t met?
How often do you think we’ll talk and communicate during your first semester? What
will be the best times for us to connect?
How do you feel about your class schedule? Are you excited about your major?
What will you do if you get yourself into a jam?
How we should approach discussing money while you’re at school?
What information will we share through third-party access at the university?
What kind of meal plan do you think will be best for you?
How will we prepare for move-in day?
What will it be like to say goodbye?
When you think about beginning your first day at the university, what are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about?
What other topics should first-year students and their families discuss before the fall semester?