About Staying Connected
|Helpful Hints for Parents of First-Year Students
- Suggest exploration of opportunities for involvement in student organizations
- Encourage your student to visit the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (MCISA) to meet people of different backgrounds,
nationalities, or cultures.
- Put funds on Bonus Bucks (if commuter) to save money while eating on campus. In addition to a 5% to 15% bonus, you save on sales tax. Students
can sign up in the dining office in Maria Hall, next to Marletto’s Marketplace.
- If your student does not have a car, he/she can learn about how to use the MetroBus and MetroLink system:
- If your student is living on campus, encourage him/her to get involved in Residence Hall Association (RHA).
- Reassure your son or daughter that what they learn in the classroom may not always seem to immediately apply to his day-to-day life and that, if
he or she is not directly interested in the course he or she should still try to get the most out of the class.
- If your child is undecided about a major, reassure him or her that it is okay and that he/she does not have to decide a major in the first
semester; he/she should spend this time getting acclimated to college.
- Empower your student to be his/her own advocate.
- Encourage your student to locate a job if he/she has a financial aid work study award to earn, or is seeking an on-campus position through
budget student employment. Available positions are posted to the My Career Connections section of the Career Services website. If your student has had difficulty finding an
on-campus job, please suggest that he/she visit Career Services for an appointment with our Student Employment Coordinator to discuss job search strategies and potential work
- The MCISA has many discussion groups that support the needs of the underrepresented minorities within the Webster community. Students can attend
one of those meeting to meet other students that may have the some issues and concerns that they may have. These groups include: Black Men’s Society, Sister Circle,
International Discussion Group, and a Women’s Group.
- A good resource for time management is available through Webster’s Academic Resource Center.
- Encourage your student to get out and enjoy events at local cultural institutions: Art Museum, Zoo, City Museum, Botanical Gardens
- If your student is interested in recreational activities, have them contact the Campus Activities office.
- If your student is having difficulty in class, encourage him or her to go to the Academic Resource Center and learn about their many services.
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