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Adjusting to College Q&A

Since the semester is now well underway, it’s a great time for you to chat with your student about how things are going. Follow the links below to learn more about conversations to have with your student to help guarantee college success.

1. Ask about classes.

Research has suggested that students experience five stages of college transition (Honeymoon, Culture Shock, Initial Adjustment, Mental Isolation, and Acceptance/Integration). As students move from the initial “everything is exciting and wonderful” to “wow, this is not what I expected” and through “I’m not sure where I feel completely at home anymore,” they will eventually come to feel that “Penn College is my home.” However, while going through these stages, it can be hard on a parent to know how to help them adjust.

2. Ask about involvement on campus.

College students have valuable experiences in class and out-of-class. Unfortunately, students don’t often realize how important social transition can be to their overall success at college. Meeting new people, especially those different from us, increases student learning outside the classroom. Students who successfully transition socially, make new friends, and connect to campus have been shown to perform better and are more likely to graduate.

3. Ask about your student’s transition to college.

Going to college is not only about learning and growing socially, but also about becoming more independent. For many students this is their first time living independently. Your student may be dealing with concerns about roommates, managing money, and personal safety.

Student Organization Spotlight

Whether living on or off campus, there are student organizations designed to meet the needs of both residential, as well as off-campus and commuter students.

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

Residence Hall Association (RHA) plans events and creates opportunities for students to connect socially and have fun. Most recently, RHA sponsored a campus carnival with free hamburgers, tie dye T-shirts, and a slip and slide! Students can get involved by e-mailing


Off-Campus Housing Organization (OCHO)

The Off-Campus Housing Organization (OCHO) plans social events and educational workshops for off-campus and commuter students. OCHO meets every other Monday at 5 p.m. in the Commuter Lounge in the Bush Campus Center. On September 7, OCHO sponsored Lawn Fest on the Library Lawn with an inflatable obstacle course and lawn games. Students interested in joining OCHO can attend a meeting or e-mail

For everyday access to parent information, bookmark the Parents Web page:

Fall 2013 Issue 1
Important Dates

Parent & Family Weekend

Mid-term Grades Due


Career Fair

Fall Break (no classes)

Student Advising Meetings

Open House

Scheduling Week

Grad Finale

Thanksgiving Break
(no classes) (11/27-12/2)

2014/15 Scholarship Application Opens

Finals Week

Spring 2014 Tuition Due


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