Advice for Parents

What does my Student Need to be Successful Living in the Residence Halls?

Self-Care
Students should be conscientious about eating healthy balanced meals and getting regular exercise. It is also important that he or she are aware of and are attending to their emotional needs. If your student needs to talk with someone, the Counseling and Psychological Services can help.

Time Management
Effective time management skills are important to your student's success. It is important that your student has a basic understanding of his or her parameters (i.e., class schedule, wake-up time, sleep time, time for socialization) and ability to set priorities, The Academic Advising Center can help.

Making Connections
One of the most important things you can encourage your student to do when he or she arrives on campus is to make connections. Not only should students attempt to meet a variety of people to find out what the campus has to offer but they should also make an effort to meet and build relationships with at least one faculty and staff member on campus. Having this one connection can make all the difference for your student.

Knowledge of Campus Resources
Sacramento State can be a bit overwhelming at first until students make connections and find the resources he or she needs to be successful.  There are many specialized offices that can help make these connections. These include Housing and Residential Life, Student Organizations & Leadership, Multi-Cultural Center, PRIDE, Women’s Center and the Student Affairs Office.  

Academics
This is a time of exploration both academically and personally. By choosing a combination of general education classes with some major classes your student can begin to explore and find their areas of interest.  It is also normal for students to be unsure about their major. Some students may even change their mind once or even twice on their major as they develop new interests or find out more about emerging careers and fields of study. Academic Advising Center can be a great resource for students in helping to find a major.

Being Proactive with Academics
Campus life can be pretty busy. Advance planning is key, utilizing faculty office hours to discuss progress, giving a professor advance notice when he or she is are going to be away for a weekend, or forming study groups is just a few ways your student can be proactive. If your student mentions that he or she is having trouble in a class at the beginning of the semester, encourage him or her to speak with the professor as soon as possible.  Waiting until the last minute or until he or she is in serious academic trouble is only going to be a recipe for disaster.

Financial Management Skills
College may be the first time your student has ever had a personal checking account, credit card and control over a bank account or paychecks. It may also be the first experience your student has ever had in paying their own bills. It is important to discuss budgets, financial expectations and practices and good credit with your student now before they get in over their heads. Many credit card companies solicit college students without requiring permission from a parent or guardian.