First Year

Freshmen year is an exciting time for students and their families.

As a partner in education, you may be aware of the social, emotional and academic growth opportunities inherent to the first year of college. For many students, it is a time of personal exploration where their values, opinions and presuppositions are developed and even in flux.

During this time, your role may change with your student. Resources like BW's Parent Connect online newsletter and BW Connection newsletter (mailed to the home) offer opportunities to learn more about Baldwin Wallace.

Parent Connect Newsletter

This free electronic newsletter contains important dates, articles and helpful information for parents of current freshmen. You will automatically receive the newsletter if your student provided BW with your email address. First-year articles include:

Countdown to College:  Is Your Student Ready?

Connecting to BW

Career Planning:  Getting Started Now

First Semester:  Understanding the Dynamic

Academic Advising

Managing Academic Difficulties

Ten Questions Parents Can Ask Their Student During First Semester

Freedom and Responsibility:  Encouraging Positive Choices

Safeguarding Students:  Being Aware of Alcohol-Related Issues

Ten Biggest Mistakes Students Make in Picking a Major

Getting Involved:  Activities Enrich College Life

Staying Healthy:  Tips to Help Your Student

Supporting Your Student During Roommate Conflicts

Staying Safe:  Tips to Help Your Student

Ways to Avoid Identity Theft

Redefining Your Relationship:  Welcoming Your Student Home

Restrain or React: Should a Parent Get Involved?

Understanding Student Privacy:  Guidelines for Parents

What is the BW Graduation Plan?

Budgeting and Balancing:  Helping Your Student Manage Money

Commuters are a "Driving Force"

Financing College:  Understanding and Assessing Options

Connecting Through Volunteerism

Mentoring Fosters Personal and Professional Growth

Focusing on Academics:  Choosing a Major

Why Employers Like Problem Solvers

Internships Encourage Real-World Learning

Being Proactive:  Steps for Career Success

Experiential Learning:  Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Service Activities Foster Career Preparation

Counseling Services Helps Students Manage Anxiety

Looking Ahead:  Preparing for Sophomore Year

Building Connections:  Fostering Community Through Cultural Awareness