First Year

Freshmen year is an exciting time for students and their families.

As a partner in education, you may be aware of the social, emotional and academic growth opportunities inherent to the first year of college. For many students, it is a time of personal exploration where their values, opinions and presuppositions are developed and even in flux at times.

During this time, your role may change with your student. Resources like BW's Parent Connect online newsletter and BW Connection newsletter (mailed to the home) offer opportunities to learn more about Baldwin Wallace.

Parent Connect Newsletter

This free electronic newsletter contains important dates, articles and helpful information for parents of current freshmen.

First-Year Articles Featured in Parent Connect Newsletter

Countdown to College: Is Your Student Ready?

Connecting to BW

Career Planning: Getting Started Now

First Semester: Understanding the Dynamic

Managing Academic Difficulties

Freedom and Responsibility: Encouraging Positive Choices

Safeguarding Students:  Being Aware of Alcohol-Related Issues

Getting Involved: Activities Enrich College Life

Staying Healthy: Tips to Help Your Student

Supporting Your Student During Roommate Conflicts

Staying Safe: Tips to Help Your Student

Redefining Your Relationship: Welcoming Your Student Home

Restrain or React: Should a Parent Get Involved?

Understanding Student Privacy: Guidelines for Parents

Budgeting and Balancing: Helping Your Student Manage Money

Commuters are a "Driving Force"

Financing College: Understanding and Assessing Options

Connecting Through Volunteerism

Mentoring Fosters Personal and Professional Growth

Focusing on Academics: Choosing a Major

Why Employers Like Problem Solvers

Internships Encourage Real-World Learning

Being Proactive: Steps for Career Success

Experiential Learning: Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Service Activities Foster Career Preparation

Counseling Services Helps Students Manage Anxiety

Looking Ahead:  Preparing for Sophomore Year

Building Connections:  Fostering Community Through Cultural Awareness

Ten Questions Parents Can Ask Their Student During First Semester

Staying engaged with your student is important, especially during the first semester when your student is still acclimating to college. Our top 10 questions range from practical to social to open-ended discussion topics.

  1. Do you know who your academic advisor is and where his/her office is located? If not, do you know how to find that information?
  2. Can you name four friends you have made at BW?
  3. Are you involved in at least one activity at BW?
  4. Have you set a realistic goal for your grade point average for the end of the semester?
  5. Can you name at least one faculty, staff or administrative person you could go to in time of need?
  6. Do you know where the Health/Counseling Center, Career Services Office and Learning Center are located? (Do you know the hours they are open?)
  7. Do you know how to check your mid-semester progress report on-line and when it will be posted? (Do you know how to use Blackboard?)
  8. Do you know the day that you are supposed to register for classes next semester?
  9. Have you begun to identify strategies for success?
  10. Are you eating “an apple a day”? (Are you focused on wellness initiatives that include nutrition, exercise and stress management?)