We recognize that parents play a central role in a student’s life and that you will continue to be a source of guidance and support during your student’s college years. Nevertheless, we encourage you to look at your interactions with your student in a different way. You will move from being the primary caregiver to being more of a mentor or coach. We acknowledge for many parents this is a significant change, and OSTFE will help you find the resources to navigate this transition. Below are some recommendations we have for parents.
- Be familiar with the SOAR Program and steps involved in summer orientation.
- Students are expected to make their own SOAR reservation. You should support your student in the reservation process by discussing overnight accommodations and travel arrangements. We understand that it can be difficult for students to arrange all the details of traveling to UW–Madison alone, but we encourage you to work together on the planning process.
- Be open-minded. The cornerstone of a research university is its liberal education program. We strive to prepare students to be critical thinkers, which involves exposing them to many different subject areas. Whether your student has chosen a major or is still exploring their options, we have academic advisors to help in this process. We expect you to help your student prepare for their SOAR experience by discussing interests, skills, and future goals.
- Visit the website for the Parent and Family Program. This office helps you stay connected to campus and serves as your ongoing resource throughout your studentʼs college career.