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Parent & Family Handbook

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Change is Challenging University life and the experience of a college student will be filled with change, growth, learning, and decision-making. College students face many challenges which often provide opportunities for self-discovery. As your student engages these experiences, you as parents and family members have a great opportunity to provide sound guidance and advice while also encouraging your student to take control of his/her college experience.

The transition from high school to college is as challenging for family members as it is for college-going students. Family roles and relationships
change, expectations and the nature of the involvement in each others’ lives also
changes. Knowing that you all are entering a time of transition will help prepare you to adapt more effectively and to support your student throughout their years at UMaine. Remember that college students often want a greater degree of independence than what they had in high school but at the same time
need and expect the same amount of support.

You may not hear as much as you’d like about your student’s progress or life at UMaine. You are likely to find that you are not as involved in the day-to-day activities of your student. However, you will appreciate being asked for advice on larger, more important and personal decisions. Your moral support,
active listening and willingness to share in significant decisions are essential to your student’s development. It is critical to show your student support and openness to change, even when you may not agree with those changes. Keep the dialog and discussion going.

The time at UMaine and all the experiences that accompany this endeavor can be valuable to the entire family and friends network. Keeping lines of communication open as your student develops into a more mature and self-reliant adult can maximize your student’s development into a global citizen, not to mention make this time enjoyable and memorable.