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By Jessica Peterson /
March 31, 2022 /
Posted in: Feature /
Students don't come to college expecting that they will struggle with their academics. However, many do, especially in their first two years. While there are a number of services and supports in place at DePaul to help students succeed, they may be unaware of them or they may be overwhelmed by the prospect of seeking out support.
The office of Academic Continuity and Engagement (ACE) is here to help your student succeed academically, professionally and personally. Their team of peer and professional staff work to support undergraduate student success by addressing barriers, cultivating skills and developing success plans that encourage academic excellence and retention. The office connects students to campus resources that empower them to achieve their goals, but ACE can't do it alone. Parents and families are in a unique position to help: Will you join us by becoming an ally to your student's success?
1. Check in with your student about their physical and mental health
Most parents are used to asking their kids how they're doing, but the response is often a brief “I'm good" or “I'm tired." Don't let it stop there. Ask your student how they are taking care of themselves. For example, if they say I'm good, respond with “What kind of healthy foods have you been eating," or “Tell me about your exercise routine this week." Prod them to share more information about these activities and then encourage them to pay attention to these things.
This is particularly important around midterms and finals. During this time you might also consider sending your student a care package filled with healthy snacks and tools to help them sleep better or relax. You can put one together yourself, or you can order packages from DePaul's partner, OCM.
2. Check in with your student about their goals. By the time a student comes to college, most have goals for themselves, and you may be familiar with them. However, do you know what steps your student is taking to 'maintain a 3.0 GPA' or 'go to law school'? These longer term goals need to be broken down into smaller steps. After a couple of quarters in college, you may ask your student “are you keeping that 3.0 GPA?" If the answer is no, help them work through what steps can they take over the next couple of quarters to get closer to that goal. Remind them that they can visit ACE to access resources that will support their goal. They can also work with ACE to better define goals and the milestones they need to hit along the way. If they aren't ready to talk to a transfer peer mentor, success coach or retention specialist in ACE, they can visit the Student Success web page to peruse DePaul's available resources and seek them out on their own (with your help).
3. Keep your eyes open for signs that your student may be struggling Even the best interviewers asking the best open-ended questions might not get all the information they need from their student about their current state of affairs. Should this happen to you, here are some things to ask about or look out for:
Physical Red Flags
Mental Red Flags
Academic Related Red Flags
What can you do?
Most students will have some struggles during their college years, but these do not have to derail their dreams of academic, personal and professional success. With a little bit of support they can identify and address their worries and get back on track. If they or you are unsure of where to go or how to start, they can always reach out to their transfer peer mentor, success coach or retention specialist in the office of Academic Continuity and Engagement. For more information about ACE or the information in this article, contact email@example.com.