As a family member supporting a student through a transition to college, it is sometimes difficult to know when to jump in and help your student and when to trust they can address challenges on their own. At UO, our philosophy is to allow students to take charge of their experience from the beginning. Our staff serves as a friendly resource they can turn to when they get stuck. What we find is, when we give our new Ducks the space and tools, they learn to fly in no time.
The IntroDUCKtion experience is designed to welcome and acclimate students to the University of Oregon, but orientation is a process, not a program. We know that not every student leaves those sessions feeling completely at home here ... yet. If you find yourself having a conversation about this with your nervous new Duck, remind them that transitions take time. At Orientation Programs, we are here to support your student in this transition and partner with parents to make the process as smooth as possible. We are so glad you are here. Welcome to the University of Oregon. Let the process begin.
A few helpful articles for further reading
- Why College Freshmen May Feel Like Imposters On Campus, NPR 2013
- College is not a commodity. Stop treating it like one. The Washington Post 2015
- Growth Mindset for Parents. Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS), Stanford University