CU Parent/Student Orientation Helps in This Bittersweet Time

In June, my son, Sean, and I attended the CU Boulder orientation sessions for first-year students and their parents. The student orientation is required for all incoming students and the parent orientation is optional but highly recommended.
This is my first child going off to college and the parent orientation truly helped to alleviate a lot of the uneasiness I was feeling during this time of transition.
I opted to stay in the residence halls, a bit nostalgic plus it was a whole lot cheaper than getting a hotel in Boulder. I had my own dorm room and my own bathroom, and it was truly a comfortable stay.
The 2-day parent session was packed full of learning, getting questions answered, and mixing and mingling with other parents and meeting some CU faculty. The itinerary for parents included a sessions on campus technology, book store resources, a fabulous historic campus tour, and an in-depth session on campus essentials from the health center, financial aid and bursar’s office, and parent relations. A parent information fair was also offered which gave parents a chance to meet representatives from a variety of campus departments and learn about the many different campus programs. Everything was touched on from dining services to what types of sheets fit the beds to the lowdown about alcohol, drugs, sex, and student conduct on campus.
My son had a great time too, learning and meeting new friends while participating in organized activities and sessions for the student orientation. Scheduling classes for the fall semester after a one on one session with an advisor was the very last part of the 2-day orientation and an enlightening experience as students selected what classes they wanted to take and when they would take them.

I highly recommend attending the CU Boulder Orientation Session. Going off to college can be an exciting and bittersweet time of transition for the entire family, and this orientation will better prepare you, your student, and your family!
Thanks CU!
Go Buffs!
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  1. It's hard for me to think that far in the future — really it's not that far — but I agree with you that an orientation will be key to my kids' getting a feel for college in general and for a university specifically.

    My sisters are Rams, so I might have to disagree with your last line!
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  2. I imagine that the orientation eases the parents nerves as much as the kids. Glad you had a great time!

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