Commuters are a "Driving Force"
Although they may not call Baldwin Wallace home in terms of residency, commuter students are a vital part of BW.
And while commuters may have to make a few adjustments in order to take advantage of the many out-of-classroom opportunities available to them, they are an integral part of today's diverse student body. They are involved with sports, clubs/organizations, academic endeavors and more.
On campus, commuter amenities include special parking spots, fun events and a designated lounge where they can eat, rest, socialize and study. The lounge includes lockers, refrigerator, microwave, computers and printers, large screen TV and more.
The following suggestions are directed to commuters and their parents, but are applicable to most college students and their families.
If your student feels overwhelmed, offer support. After all, commuters are busy people who are often juggling family, work and college responsibilities.
Communication is essential. Although your student may be living at home, he or she probably anticipates having more independence and less supervision. Discussing house rules and family roles can eliminate potential tensions.
Don't fret if your student misses family events in lieu of participating in college activities. It probably means he or she is becoming engaged in campus life and is making friends.
Be an anchor for your student, but balance that role with encouraging autonomy. Temper your assistance with a bit of patience in order to allow your student the opportunity to handle his or her own responsibilities.
Encourage your student to get involved. BW offers academic-focused organizations, community service initiatives, athletics, intramural and recreational activities, and a variety of social and special interest groups. These activities provide opportunities for students to meet a variety of people, gain valuable leadership and communication skills, and build resume and networking contacts.