Families & Visitors
Gearing Up for the Months Ahead
Your student will likely be in decision-making mode these next few months, as she seeks opportunities and determines intentional directions for her life. Here are some key decisions possibly on her plate…
Choosing a Major. If your student is in her second year, she’ll likely have to declare a major. This involves looking at her learning, her future goals, classes she has enjoyed and more. Remind her that her academic advisor, as well as other campus professionals, can help her make this type of decision.
Seeking an Internship or Purposeful Summer Work. Finding work or an internship that allows your student to explore her major and interests is just smart. She’ll need to make contacts, consult with folks in career services and beyond, create a resume and get her name out there. Making the most of the summer will help her be ahead of the pack.
Figuring Out Spring Break. How will your student spend her spring break? Being intentional with this chunk of time can definitely work to her benefit. Perhaps she’ll go on a service trip, do informational interviews for summer jobs/internships, shadow someone in a profession that interests her… Planning can ensure that she doesn’t waste this valuable week!
Conversations, loving challenges and support can give your student added strength during this decision-heavy time of year.
How You Can Help
As your student weighs pros and cons or tries to figure out where to start, you can help.
Ask Questions. Instead of just hoping your student will do good things for herself, ask intentional questions to help her along. They might include starters like, “So, what are you thinking about for the summer?” or “How can I help you weigh your options for a major?”
Be a Sounding Board. While it’s important for students to learn to make their own decisions, they often need a sounding board as they bounce around possibilities. You’re up!
Offer Support. Let your student know that you believe in her and are there to help her make positive decisions. Opening the door in supportive ways can give her the positive nudge she may need.