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10 Ways to Stay in Touch

  1. Send newspaper clippings from the hometown paper to his or her residence hall mailbox. Everyone loves "real" mail--And this will help him or her keep in the loop of stories from home.
  2. Visit your student at SMSU--Take him or her out to dinner or for a little shopping; invite his or her friends or roommate to join you!
  3. Email your freshman a story about his or her brother/sister/pet once a week. Don't be surprised if you don't hear back for a while, but we bet you will! Either way, he or she will appreciate this connection.
  4. Encourage him or her to get tickets for an event on campus or in Marshall that the whole family can enjoy together.
  5. Remind him or her that it's ok not to have all the answers all the time; remind him or her of the resources at his or her fingertips—including the Resource Guide from Orientation.
  6. Create a scrapbook of his or her emails and notes to home and give it to him or her at the end of his or her first year at SMSU to remind him or her of all his or her accomplishments.
  7. Remind him or her that, whatever his or her concern or problem, there's someone at SMSU who can help him/her. Encourage him or her to seek out those people on his/her own.
  8. Remember that a student calendar may sometimes feel a bit erratic; don't expect him/her to keep the same hours he/she did at home.
  9. Read university and student publications from SMSU or check out to keep up with events and resources that are available.
  10. Help your student to process the semester and his or her experience. Ask open ended questions about favorite classes, campus involvement, plans for the spring semester. Ask his or her opinion on campus social experiences, study habits, alcohol, safety, money management, and other topics that are important in the lives of students. This will keep you connected with him/her life at SMSU and will also let him or her know that you care about what he or she is going through.

Last Modified: 2/3/17 4:17 PM