Supporting Your Student
Since college falls at a time when students need to develop personal responsibility and independence, the roles of parents as well as educators are slightly different than the roles played during these students’ primary and secondary education. In academic advising, our goal is for our students to be empowered and take ownership and control of their choices, both academically and personally. Thus, the role of parents and families is to support these young adults and empower them to take action in their own lives. As with anything, learning to do this takes practice! This personal development process includes helping students reflect on past decisions, identify ways in which those decisions helped or hindered them, move forward toward a more successful result the next time.
As educators, academic advisors are your partners in this process. Advisors will work directly with your student as they share concerns they have or successes upon which they want to build. In all situations, it is the student who is at the center of the experience, with parents, educators and advisors providing direct support to the student from our respective roles.
Ways to Support Your Student
We encourage you to stay connected with your student: talk with your student about classes, ask how your student is learning to balance everything, check in with your student about the major exploration process. If your student mentions struggles with classes, encourage your student to meet with professors and utilize campus resources. Assure them that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but instead is a sign of maturity and being proactive. If your student mentions an issue outside of the classroom, encourage your student to talk with the resident advisor (RA) in the residence hall or an academic advisor. There are many resources students can tap into around campus. Often, they just need some guidance from a staff member on how to get started and some encouragement to reach out for assistance and take a proactive approach.
While providing support is a collaborative endeavor, in the end your student is the sole guardian of his/her educational record. Your student's academic advisor will only be able to share information about your student’s educational record with you if your student has submitted an online Student Information Release. Your student will receive information about completing this Student Information Release as part of the University Orientation program. We encourage you to have an open discussion with your student about expectations for the educational experience at Ohio State before the beginning of his or her first semester at OSU. Click here to learn more about this regulation.