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Supporting your student in the final stretch

As we approach the end of the semester, we understand that this is a critical time for your college student. The final stretch of any term can be challenging – but this is especially so during their very first semester. Your support and guidance can make all the difference. There is a lot you can do to assist your student during this time of year.

Encourage a Healthy Balance and Stress Management

Balancing academics, extracurricular activities, and personal life can be tough for college students. Encourage your child to maintain a healthy balance. Ensure they are taking regular breaks, getting enough sleep, and practicing self-care. A well-rested and happy student is more likely to perform well academically. We also know that the end of the semester can be a time of increased stress with important tests, papers, and finals coming fast. Meditation, mindfulness exercises, or simply taking a few moments to relax can help them reduce stress and regain focus. Remind them it is okay to take breaks and prioritize their wellbeing. The app is packed with resources to help students manage stress and keep a health balance.

Communication is Key

Maintaining open lines of communication with your student is crucial. Encourage them to share their challenges and concerns with you. Offer a listening ear, provide emotional support, and direct them to university resources.


Encourage your student to take advantage of the resources available to them on campus. Tutoring services , academic advisors , writing center, and mental health services. Prompt them to seek assistance when needed; it's a sign of strength to ask for help.

Motivation and Encouragement

Remind your student of their goals and aspirations. Offer words of encouragement and motivate them to keep pushing forward, even when the workload feels overwhelming. Knowing that you believe in them can be a powerful source of inspiration.

Celebrate Achievements

Take time to acknowledge and celebrate your student's achievements, no matter how small. Recognizing their hard work and progress can boost their confidence and motivation.

Donuts with the Dean

One delightful tradition in our college community is "Donuts with the Dean." This informal gathering allows students to connect with college leadership in a relaxed setting. It's an opportunity for students to voice concerns, ask questions, and get to know the Dean and other staff members. Suggest that your student attend one of these events, as it's not only enjoyable but can also ease potential stress related to their college experience.

Help Plan for the Future

While focusing on the current semester is crucial, it's also a good time to discuss your student's long-term goals and plans. Encourage them to reflect on their academic and career path and provide guidance when needed.

The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude can be a powerful tool for emotional well-being. Encourage your student to practice gratitude. Keeping a journal of things they are thankful for, sharing gratitude with others through thank you notes, reflecting on relationships, are small but effective ways to shift their focus away from stressors and towards positive aspects of their life.

Remember that your support and encouragement can make a significant impact on your college student's success. As the semester draws to a close, your guidance and assistance will help them finish strong. Your belief in their abilities and your willingness to support them through this crucial time will undoubtedly contribute to their academic achievements.

Thank you for being such an important part of your student's journey.

Zach Thayer
Director: Office of Student Success
College of Applied Human Sciences
West Virginia University