We hope your students were able to make the best of this year by meeting new friends, getting involved on campus, and learning – both in and out of the classroom. We know that BGSU students are mentally and physically tired, so we hope that they can spend quality time with their families and friends this summer and recharge. As a family, these next few months are an important time to revisit and continue critical conversations and provide some guidance.
Keep your reactions and tone in check and discuss your expectations. Find teachable moments from television, books or current events. Any of these topics can positively or negatively affect a student’s success in college. Remember that difficult conversations are ongoing, and you should continue to talk with your student after they arrive on campus and beyond. If you see dramatic changes in your student once they are on campus, be prepared to find support from the University or their college. Know this office can be a resource to you to connect them to the right office, department or person at BGSU.
Take advantage of these months together to do all the things your family loves to do as a family and maybe haven’t had time for this last year. Whether this is a vacation, a family game night, weekly dinners where no phones are allowed at the table, or visiting a local amusement park, you will be glad you made time for family bonding time when the semester is in full swing, and you are missing your student.
Amy R. Swank
Director of Parent, Family and New Student Connections
Students will be able to reserve their move-in date and time starting in June. New and transfer student move-in days will take place Aug. 20-22 and returning students will be able to move in on Aug. 23-24.
A Conversation With BGSU Parents and Families
BGSU President Rodney Rogers, University Advocate Sandra Earle and Amy Swank discuss the University's commitment to supporting and engaging families, along with its plans and goals heading into fall 2021.