Ongoing Support Issue
Family Orientation Survey
Please take a moment to fill out our Family Orientation Survey. If you attended Family Orientation—or even if you didn’t—please take a moment and give us your feedback. This information is valuable as we look to future Family Orientation programming.
RIT Parent Newsletters
I will soon be entering your email addresses into my RIT Parent Newsletter list. This newsletter goes out once a month and, like the ones you have been receiving from me this summer, contains information about campus news, events, and reminders for you and your student. You can unsubscribe or change your email preferences at any time on the Newsletter archive page.
Everyone in your household will react differently to your student’s departure—one parent might be jumping for joy at making their bedroom an exercise space, while the other wants to keep everything the same. Expect different, and a range of, emotions. Give your younger children still at home a little extra attention—not only are they also going through a transition, but the last several months have been all about your RIT student. And about that empty bedroom—hold off on transitioning it…at least for a bit.
Communicating with Your Student
As your student goes through New Student Orientation and settles in over the next few weeks, let them take the lead in communication. Don’t worry—they will eventually text you! Feel free to check in but know they might not have time for a lengthy phone call every time you reach out.
As the semester progresses, expect your student’s mood about life at RIT to fluctuate. As a parent, you are often to hear things at their worst! Know that issues tend to resolve themselves with time and emotions will balance out—you often hear things at their worst.
Advice from a current RIT parent
“Keep everything in perspective. You are not only as good as your most recent grade. Make thoughtful choices and decisions, but nothing is worth freaking out over.”
Visits Home and to Campus
Before booking a trip home for your student or planning a visit to campus, make sure your student checks their schedule for exams and project due dates. Plan your trips around these so you are able to spend time together with less pressure. Encourage students to stay on campus until Thanksgiving if possible; it’s important for students to become a part of the RIT community, and spending weekends on campus is what will make RIT feel like home. Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend in October is an excellent time for a visit to RIT!
Visits home, especially the first, require communication and negotiation; your student is now used to a different routine and lifestyle, as well as more independence. Be ready to discuss your expectations for family time and house rules but be flexible.
Advice from a current RIT parent
“Brick City Weekend was a fun time to visit campus, see what was going on, and spend time with our student. But it is important to have realistic expectations because while we are off, the students have homework and projects so they can’t always spend a lot of time with you. Be sure to talk over before you go how much time they can spend with you.”
Parent & Family Programs
If you ever have questions or concerns about RIT or your student’s experience, don’t hesitate to reach out to me! Don’t forget to connect to our parent resources, including the Parent & Family Programs website and the RIT Parent Facebook page. You can also always send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to connect.
Welcome to the Tiger Family!