Everything Else!

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.


Birthday cakes/cookies can be ordered from food services (word has it that they are yummy).  Your child will get a text to pick it up.  Big hit on floor especially for a Fall Freshman birthday.

Bring a warm coat, hat and gloves…it does get cold occasionally

Check out Old Salem early on!  We only made it senior year!

Check out the walking paths around Reynolda Gardens.

Think ahead for end of year planning:  how is your child getting all of their things home?  If you need a storage spot there are plenty near campus but the small ones fill up quickly.  Reserve in Feb/Mar.

Some children at Wake have unlimited budgets, this can be tough for those who do not.  So have a talk with your child about financial expectations on spending.

Sometimes it takes until Junior year to absolutely love love college, take a deep breath and let them talk when they call to complain.  Life is not always easy and they need to work it out on their own.

Enjoy this new chapter and be present in the moment.  It happens so quickly.  Then, you blink and they’re done with their first year, transformed right before your eyes.

Trust that all of the hard work and love you’ve poured into your parent-child relationship to this point will pay off. There might be some imperfections still, but trust that your child is ready to take the lead!


[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. ]