Parent and Family
Here you can access short, recorded sessions from our colleagues at York to help you better understand what to expect for your student's academic experience this semester as well as the services and people at York College who support your student's success.
Tips to Help Your Student Succeed
Part of the college transition to adulthood is that your child will be making their own decisions. Sometimes these decisions will not be what you would have done or expected. Ask questions and look for aspects that show your support of their new independence, rather than critiquing.
Be patient as they learn from decision-making. Trust that your son or daughter knows what they are doing. Remember that they are living the experience, and they do know more than you do about that experience. Let it happen.
Your son or daughter will be experiencing a new transition and encountering new ideas and possibilities. Some days they may want to speak to you about a problem they are experiencing. Be open to listening to your son and daughter and do everything in your power NOT to give advice unless they ask for it. You might be surprised that not offering makes them ask.
Expect that your student may have a tough time during this transition. Remind them of their strengths and help them be realistic about their weaknesses, without giving in to them. Encourage them to learn more about themselves and develop positive problem-solving skills for the future.
Students will not only be learning more about themselves, but they will meet different students who come from different backgrounds, religions, and cultures. College is a time for students to experience new things and new people. Help your students by being positive role models. They may have difficult questions for you to which they will want an answer.
Encourage your student to grow and make the most of their college experience. Remind them it will be over before they know it, so they should do everything they can! Let them decide on their major and enjoy their journey.