First-Generation Family Toolkit
Who are first-generation college students at Western?
Any student who indicates on their Western application that neither of their parents have earned a bachelor's degree.
Purpose of the First-Generation College Student Family Toolkit
Based on feedback from first-generation students, we've learned that many would feel more supported if their families had a better understanding of the college experience. In response, we’ve designed a "toolkit" that aligns the most common practices of successful students with available campus support services and resources. The toolkit offers helpful insight to parents and families as they transition to their new and often changing role as: coaches, partners, or cheerleaders to name a few. The amount of support provided may ebb and flow over time as students strengthen the skills they need to succeed at Western.
What does it take to be successful at Western?
Over the years, we have learned from students that they're most successful when they are:
Encourage your student to keep themselves healthy by becoming active in their own wellness.
Learn how to support your student to manage their own finances.
Positive approaches for coping with setbacks and struggles. Help your student connect and engage with others.
A guide to some of the unique words and expressions that are used at Western.
Coach your student to use a calendar to note important dates and deadlines.
Help your student identify what they want to achieve by the time they graduate.
Encourage your student to review available services to support their academic success at Western by visiting the Tutoring Center, the Academic Advising Center, Student Outreach Services, and their instructor’s office hours well before midterms—even if things are going well. For a full list of Campus Resources, visit the Viking Resource Hub.
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