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2018 Parents Survival Guide: Words of advice

Parent Survival Guide 2018

Nancy Stockton — Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

2018 is an exceptionally tough time to be a parent letting go of a child. We so want them to get a good education, enabling them to meet the intense challenges of our complex world. It is imperative that we remind ourselves that we did our best, that they will undoubtedly survive our inevitable parenting mistakes. Try to reach out to others to find that balance between letting go, allowing them to make their own mistakes, then learn from them AND at the same time provide them the love and support that they still need. 

Idalene Fay Kesner — Dean of the Kelley School of Business

While there are important times to be involved in your student's college experience, it's also important to step back and let them handle certain challenges on their own. This is a very important part of the college maturation process. By encouraging their students to tackle key decisions, parents will prepare their children to be independent thinkers and problem solvers, which in turn sets them up for even more success in the future.

Doug Bauder — Director of the LGBTQ+ Culture Center 

Parents, are you worried that your son or daughter may be harassed on campus if they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender? Are you worried that your daughter or son may discover that their sexual orientation or gender identity is different from what you assume it to be? The LGBTQ+ Culture Center will be there for you or your daughter or son. Check out our web page or call us st 812-855-4252 for support or information.

Melanie Payne — Director of New Student Orientation

It’s so tempting to want to “rescue” our students when they have questions or are struggling. SO much better to support by guiding or coaching and asking questions to help them learn to problem solve and navigate their world.

Lillian Casillas — Director of the La Casa/Latino Cultural Center

At IU, we are here to provide the support and resources to help students to face their own challenges, grow and be their own best advocate.

Laury Flint — Chief of Police, Indiana University Police Department 

Trust that you have prepared them well. Your child should be clear on your expectations — and that you are only a phone call away.

Nicky Belle — Director of the First Nations Educational & Cultural Center

Though the Bloomington campus is huge, it’s really easy to find a comfortable niche where students make friends, find mentors and can get support.

Rabbi Sue Silberberg — Executive Director of the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center

Dear Parents, you are about to embark on a very exciting journey with your student. IU is a fantastic university. Your student will learn much in the classroom experiences, but even more from the life lessons and experiences gained outside the classroom. They will always look to you for guidance, advice and support. Be there for them to celebrate their successes and to catch them and help them navigate their failures. Most importantly, continue to guide them as they take this next very important step in their lives. Congratulations!

James C. Wimbush — Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs

To the parents and guardians of incoming students, congratulations! As your children begin to acquaint themselves with Indiana University, I’m certain you’ll experience a rush of emotions. This is an exciting time. It’s only natural to feel thankful, joyous, and enthusiastic, as well as fearful, heavyhearted, and anxious when you say goodbye and let your children embark on this new journey. Though there will be ups and downs throughout the academic year, know that all students are supported and encouraged to broaden their horizons and do their best work while at IU.

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