Alcohol/Drug Use/Sexual Violence/Consent/Safety:
College is an amazing experience, with lots of opportunities for success, growth, and fun! However, there are also points of challenge and more serious instances that are important to talk to your student about before they arrive on campus. For more serious conversations with your student, please visit the Student Affairs Conversation Guide. This guide was created by Marquette staff to help inform discussions with your student on heavier topics that will prepare them for all college experiences.
Questions to Consider: How will your student’s attitude around drugs and alcohol be? Does your student know what resources are available on campus for advocacy and wellness? What safety measures will you discuss with your student, especially if they are new to city life and Milwaukee?
Physical Illness and Injury/Mental Health:
Learn more about the valuable information and guidance you can provide to your student as they learn to handle their own health care and needs. Be sure to check out the For Parents Page on the Marquette Medical Clinic website for conversations to have with your student. Also, the Counseling Center is an important resource for your students to know about on campus, especially when you
Questions to Consider: Does your student plan to use the Marquette Clinic or a family care provider for their medical needs? Where will your student go to seek help for their mental health? Are there things you can do to support their mental health?
Budgeting and spending are important to discuss with your student to set clear expectations. For more information, Marquette Central has all the resources you need to ensure you know key next steps and important deadlines for a successful college journey. You also have the option to book an appointment with any of the offices within Marquette Central for more clarification and personalized guidance.
If your student is looking for employment opportunities, direct them to the Student Employment Services for more resources.
Questions to Consider: Does your student know how to budget and plan on doing so? Will you give your student money for specific activities or needs? If so, how much? Is it expected for your student to get a job while at Marquette? If so, have they thought about what kind of job and the hours they will be working while balancing school?
One important talk to have with your student is about communication. Think about and discuss your expectations for them and learn about their expectations for you regarding contact and communication when they begin their college experience.
Questions to Consider: What expectations do you have for communicating with your student? How often will you communicate with your student (daily, weekly, monthly)? After dropping off your student, when do they plan to see you again during semester?
Campus Ministry serves all students on their journeys of faith, not just Catholic students! Check their website for upcoming events, programs and spiritual offerings.
Questions to Consider: Talk to your student about their faith and how/if they will represent it while at Marquette. Will your student participate in religious services? Will your student have a routine basis revolved around their faith?
Courses and Academic Guidance:
In preparation for SPARK@Home, talk to your student about completing the SPARK@Home New Student Checklist, which they need to do in order to register for fall courses. They will meet with their colleges and be introduced to the Marquette Core Curriculum, the center of every Marquette student’s educational experience. Encourage your student to talk to professors, reach out to Academic Support Services, and utilize the Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center along with other opportunities that will help them succeed academically.
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