Parental/Guardian Support Encourages Success

The role of a parent or other supporting adult is very important! Your support and encouragement will continue to be important as your student becomes more independent, self-sufficent, and comfortable with his or her new role as a college student at Western Illinois University.

  • Encourage your student to meet or contact his or her advisor several times during each semester to ask questions, discuss concerns, and explore majors.
  • Celebrate your student’s successes and encourage him or her to seek out help when difficulties arise.
  • Help your student to advocate for him or herself. It is natural for students to turn to their parents for help, yet it is important for the student to take responsibility for solving issues and problems.
  • Encourage your student to get involved in campus activities. This provides another connection to the college and can help him or her discover individual abilities, interests and career paths.

Adapted from:

Kutztown University. (n.d.). Advising Center for Undeclared Students. Retrieved July 7, 2008, from