Supporting First Generation Students

Providing Guidance to First Generation Students

parents with student at family weekendStudents do best when they have support from families and friends. There are some unique challenges your student may go through and we have provided some resources for help.

Transitioning to College

  • Choosing a major and deciding what to do after college.
  • Balancing work and school.
  • Paying for college.
  • Finding where to go with questions and what questions to ask.
  • Adjusting to the college culture – learning about resources on campus, the ‘language of college life,’ and what’s expected of them in and out of the classroom  

Here are some ideas of things you can do to help your student be more successful at NMU:

  • Learn about NMU:
  • Talk with your student about college:
    • Share your expectations
      • How often do you plan to talk to each other?
      • Do you expect your student to come home over breaks?
      • How much money do you expect your student to spend?
  • Understand there will be changes:
    • Remember that your student’s ability to dedicate time to family may not be as much as before.
    • Recognize the pressures of attending college – there is an increased responsibility for students in college – internships, study time, professors’ expectations outside of class, getting involved on campus.
    • Be patient with each other – your family is learning about a new culture. It’s a big transition for everyone.
  • General Tips:
    • Remind your student to keep track of who they talk to, what the outcomes are and make copies of important documents and/or save emails.
    • Ask your student what their goals are while attending NMU so you can better support them in reaching their goals.
    • Visit NMU and have your student show you the places and people that are important to them.
  • Call us if you have questions or are concerned about your student.
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