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Parents as Partners
The success of our students depend on the partnership we form with parents. At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods college, the staff is prepared to assist all students in a variety of ways that will allow each person to become effective leaders, competent students, and valued contributors to our local communities. We ask that you join us in our efforts to provide support and encouragement to our students by becoming our partners. Through our partnership we, in each of our roles, can support our students as they work their way through this college experience. The support and encouragement you give your daughter will play a key role in her success as she is presented with new challenges as she takes on a more active role in making decisions that will help her develop as a strong Woods Women.
The college experience is vastly different from the high school experience because the learning environment demands greater time management skills and a different way of thinking. The same is true for the social aspect of the college experience. It is imperative that all students become involved in activities on campus and each student should be encouraged to seek out the various services such as Study Abroad, Career Development, Campus Ministry and the Learning Resource Center.
Today, staying connected when at a distance is easier than it ever has been before. We have become a mobile society with the use of cell phones, free wireless internet, texting, social networking, and video conferencing. Because we are a wireless campus, students are able to take their laptops anywhere and access their email and the internet. All of our students have voice mail and can receive postal mail on campus. Students get very excited when they receive cards and packages in the mail!
Each student is different. This means that the level of student-parent engagement is also different. Over the last decade, there has been much in the news about “helicopter parents.” If you Google this term, you would find that it was first used in 1990. This was a time when colleges were telling parents, let go, let them grow, let them make their own decisions. We feel that there is actually a balance between being a helicopter parent and being a disengaged parent…and simply call it the engaged parent.