The Class of 2017 techniques In! Bike racks are all occupied. Lines are a little bit longer again to obtain food. Publications are being bought. Tools are put away and summer time construction has dwindled down (well, most of it). Cars filled with boxes of garments and school supplies are increasingly being directed around campus to halls that are residential. Going carts, student ID cards, and eleventh hour trips to Target; folks, it’s officially Move-In Day.
when i was walking the campus to take some photos, I happened to be overwhelmed by the vitality associated with the campus. Often we forget that I work at a university campus filled with dreamers, innovators, and future leaders that are global. We found myself just taking all of it in while smiling at students and parents I have never met before. ( It might are only a little weird, but hey, I happened to be caught in a moment). Suddenly, I wished to travel back in its history, go back once again to college and experience this all over again!
Yesterday early morning, I saw the look of excitement and awe on the faces of first-year students as these people were entering their dorms for the first time. Subsequently, we sensed a great amount of pride and a little bit of hesitation from parents as they struggled to let their young ones go. It is apparent that this moment is just a milestone in every of their lives. Students look ahead to their next four years at USC and wonder at most of the opportunities it could bring, while parents feel a sense of success because they were somewhat accountable so you can get their kids to college. With all of these thoughts swirling on campus, I am able to understand why there have been therefore many hugs going around.
During the welcome convocation today, speakers endured in front of the incoming class of 2017 and gave advice on how to take advantage of their own time here at USC. I would like to reiterate what Professor Harkness, from the Dornsife College, stated during her message: Be present. It’s not as easy as it appears but you will be a better human being the sooner it is possible to exercise it in your own life. To the incoming that is new at USC and current high school students; I challenge you become present. Show up in your classes. Show up in your conversations. Be present as you do your homework. Be present when you’re meeting people that are new. Be present whenever you write your statements that are personal. Be present when you study for your AP/IB tests. Be present when you take the tests. Show up when you ask her/him down. Be contained in conflict. Be present in new challenges. Be contained in all of one’s experiences that are new activities. Take it all in. Be present!

Hey Parents! Listen Up!

Parents play a crucial role in the entire college procedure. Frequently times, parents help subsidize some, if not all, of attending an university, and are also always there to inquire of those specific ‘parent’ questions that you as students can’t be bothered with (really mother, did you need to inquire of the tour guide when the past meningitis outbreak ended up being?)

But, there are instances where moms and dads must take a back seat and allow their sons and daughters to ask the difficult concerns. Here, we have a compiled a list of ‘dos and donts’ about parenting during the college application and search process:

Do help your son or daughter understand what they want for in a college, reminding them to consider location, size, academic programs, cost/financial help, etc. locating a good fit for your certain wants and requirements is more important than the cachet of the name.

Don’t gather all of the information for them! Enable them to get hold of admission counselors to see the appropriate information for themselves. After all, they will somewhere be in college quickly enough, and it is important that they learn to navigate the procedure themselves.

Do encourage your sons and daughters to go to university campuses, and include them on those trips! The way that is best to get acquainted with an university is always to result in the visit to campus.

Don’t check your sons and daughters in for campus tours, interviews, receptions, etc. Allow them get it done! This shows us that they are mature and independent.

Do remind your sons and daughters that not receiving directly into their very first option school might seem like the end associated with world at that minute, but that things work out and that they’ll be successful wherever they go so long as they work hard. And, encourage them to transfer if that organization remains towards the top of the list even with enrolling somewhere else.

Don’t fill their applications out for them! We could tell also it reflects poorly on the applicant. We realize that these are teenagers applying and expect their applications to share their voice that is true and.

So the moral is: find a balance. Realize that your child is approximately to embark on a life-changing journey and that starting to take ownership of the college application process is a good jumping off point. But, also rest assured that we are here to answer those tough ‘parent’ questions, even if they involve where to send the care package.