Supporting Your Student from Home

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.


Be prepared for the phone call crying about how hard Wake can be.  Yes, professors expect more and yes, you must go to class.  But go to office hours and communicate and get to know your professor.

Make academics a priority, but don’t forget to tell your children to lead a balanced life at WFU. Single-mindedness is NOT healthy, and being able to experience everything that WFU has to offer will help lead to academic and life success.

Parents: do NOT EVER call a professor.

Back off. This is your child’s life, not yours. This is not about what you should have done or did do right. Give the kid space to figure it out. No more helicopter parents!!


[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.]