Parents of Purdue Calumet Students

Shifting Roles of Parents: How to Help Your Child Succeed in College

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Parents of Purdue Calumet students can be assured that their student is in the right place for a world class education.  Not only do Purdue Calumet students earn a prestigious Purdue degree, but they also gain valuable – and marketable – skills through experiential learning (link opens in this window).  Think of it as learning by doing.  Purdue Calumet is one of the few universities in the nation to require experiential learning as a graduation requirement.   Your student will be learning from faculty with expertise in their field and experiencing a wealth of opportunities outside the classroom, too.

Here’s a few more reasons why Purdue Calumet is the “best” choice for your student:

  • Voted Best College/University by The Times and its Shore magazine 2011 “Best of the Region” survey.
  • Received Best University to Obtain an MBA distinction in the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly magazine Spring-Summer 2012 issue.
  • Received Best University for a Technology Degree distinction in the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly magazine Spring-Summer 2011 issue.
  • In 2010 Purdue University was ranked #4 in the nation for producing the best-qualified graduates by top corporate recruiters (as reported in the Wall Street Journal).

A college education is a major endeavor and requires a huge commitment of time and effort.  Your involvement is critical to your student’s success.

To ensure students have the best experience possible while at Purdue Calumet we’ve collected some tips and resources that will help you as parents understand your child’s new role as a university student.

Tips for parents to help their students transition from high school to college:

  • Remember it’s the student’s life, not the parent’s.  Avoid pushing your student into a particular major.  Trust your student’s instincts and let them explore as many career and study options as possible.   This is their time to discover their academic interests.
  • Keep in mind it takes time for students to adjust to academics at Purdue Calumet.  Be patient and stay supportive!  Sometimes it takes several weeks or even months for students to make the transition from high school to college – especially for those who are living away from home for the first time.  College is more rigorous than high school and students will need to learn new ways to learn in addition to managing their time effectively.
  • Let your student handle things and make decisions on their own — even if they make mistakes — it’s the best way to learn, become more independent, and build self-confidence.  Avoid fixing the problem for your student; instead help them brainstorm possible solutions and ask them what college resources are available.   Don’t micromanage the situation, but empower them to make good decisions and become independent.
  • Trust that Purdue Calumet has quality people in all departments who want the best and expect the best from your student.   Encourage them to know where to get help (advising, tutoring, counseling) and not wait too long before seeking assistance.  Stay connected; ask your student how they’re doing in their classes; express an interest in what they are studying; be willing to listen to their concerns.
  • Help them learn how to manage their time and money wisely.  Organization is critical to their college success.   What’s a great gift for a college student?  A planner that they can use to keep track of project due dates, homework assignments, test dates, study group meetings, campus activities, holidays and breaks, etc.
  • Emphasize the importance of getting enough rest and exercise.  Let them know you care about their mental well-being as well as their physical health.

What students consider bad advice from parents:

  • Pressuring your student to get straight A’s and saying their only focus should be on academics. A big part of college learning comes from outside the classroom too.  Encourage them to get involved in student organizations and activities early on when groups are still forming.
  • Saying things like: “study to be a doctor, a lawyer, or a successful business man.”  There are a lot more good jobs in the world that just those three. Do not pressure your student to choose a particular major because it’s what you think is best.
  • Parents shouldn’t try to force their students into the same experience that they had in college. There is no “right way” to experience college.
  • Discouraging your student from trying new things. Be encouraging and stay positive.