As your student transitions into greater and greater independence, your role as a parent certainly changes but doesn’t diminish.
Parents are an important influence as they support their student’s success, stay connected, and encourage them to take advantage of the many resources Winona State University has to offer.
Once your student is admitted, come to campus for a Choose WSU Admitted Student Day where you can get more info what the Warrior Life is all about.
Your student can sign up for this event through their My Warrior Life Portal.
Attending college presents many financial decisions for both you and your student.
We have resources and tools to help you make sense of your options and make informed choices while your student attends WSU.
It’s a good idea to talk to your student often about how their education is being funded and how they are managing money while attending WSU.
Financial aid counselors are available to help students and families understand the financial process and payment options. Feel free to call the Warrior Hub at 507.457.5090 or email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Both you and your student are welcome to explore free personal finance tools.Find Money Management Tools
It’s best to apply for housing as soon as possible to have more choices for room assignments.
The room selection and roommate request processes are completed in your student’s Housing Portal.
Students typically move into their residence halls in late August prior to the start of Fall semester.
More details will be announced in your student’s Housing Portal as Move-In Day decisions are finalized.
WSU counselor Mick Lynch offers advice to help your student find their way at WSU.
Be a Coach, Not a Manager
The most effective learning involves doing, so resist the urge to contact a professor, talk to the RA, or otherwise intervene when your student is facing a challenge. This sort of “management” of your student’s issues won’t help them develop skills they’ll need to navigate daily life in and beyond their college years.
Instead, try to take on the role of a “coach”—someone who helps the student consider various options and likely outcomes.
Encourage your student to try new things and get help as needed to ensure that they graduate successfully and enjoy their experience at WSU. Ultimately, they should take action to overcome any challenges.
If you have serious concerns for your student’s safety or mental health, you should of course reach out to campus resources right away.
Here are a few ways you can stay up to date on WSU news, events, and deadlines as well as stay connected with your student while they’re attending college.
Check the academic calendar for dates and deadlines related to registration, billing, holiday breaks, and more.
Follow WSU on social media to see more about life at our campuses.
Mark your calendar for Family Weekend. It’s the perfect time to come back to campus and see how your student is settling into college life.
Plan to celebrate Homecoming with your student and show your Warrior Pride together.
Sign up for the WSU Alert system to stay in the loop in case of severe weather and emergencies on campus and in the local area.
You’re proud of their achievements but perhaps sad to see them all grown up and worried about whether they’ll be okay at college.
You can connect with other parents of WSU students on the WSU Family Facebook Page.
There are also resources to help you navigate the transition to being the parent of a college student.