Should My College Student Withdraw From College?

Your college student headed off to college with high hopes and aspirations.  They may have given it their best effort and something interfered, or they may not have understood what was going to be required.  Or it is possible that something totally unexpected has interrupted your student’s momentum.  Whatever the reason, it is possible that your student is now struggling and wondering what to do next.

Your student may be considering withdrawing from college — not at the end of a semester, but now, part way into a term.  You may be wondering whether they have options, and whether the choice to withdraw is the best decision.  It is not an easy question to answer.  You and your student should have some frank talk about their reasons and about the implications of their decisions.  We’d like to give you some food for thought — and for discussion.  You and your student will need to consider your student’s reasons for wanting to withdraw (or your reasons for wanting them to withdraw), some pros and some cons, and finally, some important things you’ll need to investigate and consider.

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Mid-semester: Time For Your College Student to Re-evaluate

Mid-Semester.  It’s a time of stress for college students.  It is also a time when your student can both look backward and look forward.  A lot has happened in the first half of the semester, but there is also an entire second half to either build on the successes of the first half or turn things around.

As a college parent, you may or may not know exactly what your student’s situation is.  They may or may not share their midterm grades, concerns, or behaviors with you.  This is a good time to ask some important questions and to do a lot of listening — not just to the words, but to the messages between the lines.  All of your communication skills will come in handy.

This is often a time of decisions for students.  How do I build on what I’ve learned?  How can I change direction?  Should I move on or take a break?

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Ten Hidden Connections Your Student Has on Campus

One of the characteristics that many students and their families consider when choosing a college may be the support they will receive and the connections they will make.  Colleges promote the connections between faculty and students as well as the official support services they provide — both academic and social.  As you looked at schools, you probably heard about students working closely with faculty both inside and outside of class.  You learned about clubs and activities that promoted interactions between staff and students.  All of these connections are important components of the college experience.  All of these connections will help your student succeed and thrive in college.

However, student connections and support may often come in some unlikely relationships.  As you think about your student’s experiences at college, and as you think about the people that your student interacts with every day, don’t forget some of the people with whom your student may have frequent contact — and who may be those individuals who provide a great deal of comfort and support, even if it is ”unofficial.”  Here are just a few:

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One Question You Should Be Asking Your College Student at Mid-Semester

There are a lot of things you may want to talk to your college student about at about mid-semester.  Of course, you may have been hearing lots of news and updates from your student all along.  Students and their parents are more connected today than ever before.  But as mid-semester time comes and goes, there are some touchpoints that you and your student might benefit from covering.

If your student is feeling stressed about midterm exams, you might give some reassurance.  Once exams are over, you might help your student make sense of his midterm grades.  There are some general questions you can be asking your student to help him think about whether some changes are needed to make the second half of the semester more successful.

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