As a parent or supporter it is your role to assist your child, spouse, sibling or friend in their transition to Niagara College.
There are many ways that you can provide support and encourage success such as:
- Actively listening and demonstrating an interest in their entire student experience.
- Speak with them regularly and ask about their classes, if they are taking advantage of the services offered, and how they are getting involved in on and off campus activities.
- Be confident in their decisions and trust their judgment.
- Allow them to make their own mistakes; it’s the only way to learn!
There are two important tips that you can share with your students to help them with their transition to College as well as being successful.
- Go to Class – especially if it’s a virtual class! This is your student’s opportunity to make connections with their Professors, Coordinators, and most importantly their peers. Attending classes (online or in person) will also provide the student with an opportunity to ask questions in order to clarify the class materials.
- Get Involved! The most successful students are the ones who get involved in their school’s initiatives outside of the classroom. Luckily, at Niagara College, we make it very simple for our students to learn about all of the opportunities through our get involved portal at https://getinvolved.niagaracollege.ca/. Upon completion of a co-curricular experience, the student will submit it to the portal and once they graduate, they will receive a Co-Curricular Record (CCR) (an official transcript) with all of their experiences listed. This will provide them with a competitive advantage upon entering the workforce. Active students are better able to balance their workload, more prone to making friends and connections, and are happier over-all.
It is crucial to speak with your student about the importance of creating and managing an expense budget for their first academic year. Consider expenses such as; tuition, textbooks, residence/off campus living, groceries, laundry, etc. If the student is required to get a part-time job in order to offset their expenses, speak with them about how many hours per week they can work that will not disturb their studies. Speaking frankly with your student and coming up with a reasonable plan, will reduce stress and tension while transitioning to their first year of post-secondary.
To learn more about financial support and assistance at Niagara College, please visit our Financial Aid page.
There are a number of key college services available to assist you and your student through the transitioning process. View a list of services here.