• November

Parents Page — First Year Experience

Just Like Clockwork:
The Rhythm of College Life*

  • Midterm grades returned
  • Roommate challenges become more clear
  • Many exams and papers due before Thanksgiving
  • Excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for Thanksgiving
  • First series of campus-wide illness (cold, flu, strep, etc.)
In November, your student is still learning the system. Most students will do better if they ask students and faculty for their advice and, where appropriate, make use of the help and tutorial services available.

Some students get discouraged or depressed if they do poorly on your first tests or papers. Encourage them to hang in there, keep working and things will gradually improve.

Students should be making every effort to keep up with their work. It's important to get in the habit of doing the work when it is assigned, and not to put it off. At the same time, students need to limit themselves to what they feel they can effectively handle, making sure their family, work and school responsibilities don't interfere with one another.

Advising, course selection and registration for spring semester come to the fore. We encourage students to plan ahead, see their advisors, and talk to students in their major for effective selection of courses. It's better for students to remain "undecided" if they are are not sure what they want to study.

*Electronically reproduced with permission from Helping Your First Year College Student: A Guide for Parents, Richard H. Mullendore and Cathie Hatch (© 2000 by The University of South Carolina)

To order a copy of Helping Your First Year College Student: A Guide for Parents, contact The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience, University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel. (803) 777-6229.