We asked parents of rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to think back to their student’s freshmen year and what they wish they had known. Their advice is below.
Meal plans: get the basic plan, students spend more on having food in room and dining out on a weekly basis.
Pay close attention to meal plans – we ended up with $800 to spend in 7 days before the semester ended.
Food is pretty good on campus and many great choices but the students do like to eat off campus too so budget for that too.
[Editorial note: The comments have been minimally edited and grouped together for coherence. In come cases, comments were combined with others. When we had parents responding with the same advice, we repeated it for emphasis. In the event a parent offered advice that ran counter to what Wake Forest advises, it was not included. These comments represent the views of the parent commentators, not the views of the Office of Family Engagement (formerly Parent Programs office) or Wake Forest. ]