|Parents and Family,|
It is such a pleasure to have your student here with us in the University of St. Thomas Residence Hall community and we couldn’t be more excited about all the possibilities of learning and living in an enviornment lead by the traditions of the Catholic Church. It takes a lot to balance the workload of being a student, active member of university organizations, as well as enjoying the life of living on campus here at the University and your student couldn’t do it without your help. Parents and family play a huge part in the lives of on-campus students and we invite you to encourage your student along their way as they embark on the journey of being a college resident.
There are lots of ways you can get involved and still help them to have a sense of autonomy and responsibility of finding their way through classes and extracurricular activities. A common situation that comes up may be a roommate issue or disagreement. These are perfectly normal and you can encourage your student to talk with their roommate themselves to help work out the problem. Getting the flow of open and honest communication going builds trust and respect while the students are living together and gives them the tools they need to work out problems in the future.
Your student may also feel overwhelmed with classes or balancing commitments. Remind them about all of the great hall programs that the Resident Assistants provide that deal with time management, prioritizing, and organization. Oh yeah, don’t forget the social programs too like Wonderful Wednesdays and Jello Games. With your help and support, your student will have the opportunity to grow and learn about new things that will help them in their college pursuit. Thank you for being you as we work together for your student!
-Yolanda Norman M.S., M.Ed.
Director of Residence Life and Conference Housing