How safe are university campuses?
Universities make campus safety a top-priority. Most universities will provide a well-lit campus at night, emergency call stations, walk-home programs, strict residence security, and 24 hour campus patrol. When touring universities make sure that you ask your guide about campus safety. If your guide is a female, ask her how safe she feels on campus and whether or not she uses the resources available.
How much "extra" money will my child need for a typical week?
This depends on your son or daughter's life-style and how frequently he/she goes out socially. Typically your son or daughter will spend between $35-$50 on social activities.
Is it a good idea for my son or daughter to work part-time in first year?
Most students arrive at university knowing that they will need to find a part-time job to make extra money. What's nice, especially for first-year students, is that there are many part-time positions right on campus. These jobs are very diverse, within walking distance, and flexible enough to accommodate your son or daughter's busy class schedule. Usually these jobs require less than 10 hours a week so it won't interfere with class and study time. If your son or daughter is interested in working on campus, make sure he/she contacts the Human Resources Department in September.
Will my son or daughter need to bring a computer to university?
Having your own computer is convenient but it is not an absolute necessity at university. All universities have computer labs located throughout campus for students to use, usually open 24 hours a day. Some universities may also have computer labs right in your son or daughter's residence.
What should my son or daughter do if he/she is having trouble in a course?
There is always someone to assist your son or daughter if they are having academic trouble. Professors and teaching assistants have office hours, formal academic advising is available through the Dean's Office, there are study-skills workshops available through Student Services and then there are less formal resources such as friends, classmates and your son or daughter's floor advisor. Often it is not a lack of resources that prevents your son or daughter from getting help, but an unwillingness to admit that help is needed. Make sure that you are aware of the resources available so you can guide your son or daughter if he or she does need help.
What can we, as
parents, do to ensure that our son or daughter makes the right
decisions when it come to issues like alcohol, drugs, and sex at
When your drop your son or daughter off at university you are leaving with him or her close to twenty years of your wisdom and advice. It is time that they start fending for themselves. You will most likely be surprised with the decisions he or she will make; and you'll learn to trust him or her. Make sure you continue to let your son or daughter know that you are there if he or she needs to talk.
How will my son or daughter handle household chores such as cooking and laundry?
Be prepared to hear some funny laundry and cooking stories! It is always good, if you haven't done so already, to give your son or daughter a crash course in survival techniques before they leave for university. Many first-year students will show up with checklists from mom and dad or home-made instruction books. These are humourous ways to show your son or daughter how to make it on his or her own - they might not thank you now, but they will later!
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