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[Fresh] Fresh@News: Preparing for Sophomore Year




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For most parents, time has passed quickly since that hot day in August when you moved your student onto campus as they began their Villanova experience.   The students usually feel on one hand that late-August day feels like 8 years ago, not 8 months, and on the other hand they may feel as though it was just last week!   Fresh@News would like to offer some tips for parents to prepare themselves (and their students!) for the next step: Sophomore Year!


*      Welcome “Home”:  We talk a lot about the transition TO college, but also want to be aware of the transition FROM college. As you may have discovered the first time your student came home, their lifestyle at school can be vastly different from what you expect in your own house.   It may be best to talk with your student about your expectations while they are home over the summer. And try not to be offended if they call Villanova “home”; that’s simply a positive sign that they are adjusting well and feeling comfortable on campus.


*      Continued Guidance: Even though next year will be “old hat” to some students, they will inevitably encounter new challenges and obstacles continuing into Sophomore year.  Continually support your student and act as a resource for them as they progress their academic career at Villanova.


*      Getting Involved: Encouraging your student to get involved is something we focus on with our freshman since it is a great way to feel connected at Villanova. However, this is true for all 4 years, not just their first one!  Some students aren’t ready to add anything to their plate until they have a year of college  academics under their belt, and now is the time to get out there and find something that interests them to get involved with.  An Activities Fair is held at the beginning of each semester for the entire community (not just freshmen!).


*      Celebrate:  Whether it is participating in our Sophomore Retreat program called “At the Half” or researching internships available in their newly declared major, students and their families should celebrate the accomplishments of successfully navigating through the ups and downs of the first half of their college career.


*      Stay Connected:  We will continue to mail you the Parents Connection Newsletter a few times a year, and we encourage you to browse the website to see what is happening on campus.


*      Support In and Out of the Classroom: As students take a closer look at choosing a major or minor and begin to explore careers, be supportive of their experience through conversations about their coursework, favorite professors, possible graduate degrees in their future, etc. This may help them clarify which path is best suited for them. For topics outside of the classroom, conversations about their friends, roommates and social life can also open doors for communication about positive decision-making and a healthy lifestyle.


*      Take a Class:  Professional Development 2000 is designed specifically for sophomores who want the tools to explore personal and professional opportunities in the Liberal Arts & Sciences as they make decisions about the academic major and professional direction after Villanova.   This one-credit course is offered for the first time in the Fall, and will help sophomores understand  how the top ten skills required in the workplace are developed through academic disciplines, and introduce students to an understanding of using individual strengths to achieve personal and professional success. This course may offer clarity of the academic nature and well as provide an environment for students to explore their own situation in a classroom community of students who are experiencing the same thing.