Student-Faculty Engagement

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.


Tell your children to get to know their professors and some students in the class.  If they are shy about walking up to new students or professors, [encourage them to] participate outwardly in class – they will get noticed!

Encourage them to TALK to their professors. Wake Forest has the most caring group of professors and staff, and they care about your child deeply.

The professors/instructors are engaged with the students; they really want the students to learn and grow, not just take exams.  I believe these educators are truly allowing the students to grow and learn and think on their own in new ways — and that is wonderful!  WF is truly exemplifying higher education.  From day one, we have felt that they care about the students. With that, time management is quintessential for the new student.

As a parent, in orientation and before I heard from staff and faculty as well as other students and their parents, how very motivated Wake is, to help our kids succeed. Only two semesters later, I can attest to that culture. No inflated grades, they’re just given tools to study in efficient ways, stretch their skills and talents, and open their minds to new worlds.

Parents – don’t EVER call a professor.


[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.]