Congratulations on your child being the first member of your family to attend college (“first generation” college student)! Your student may likely face some unique challenges, however rest assured that with your support combined with the resources that Rice offers, he will be well equipped to handle whatever comes his way.
There are some essential steps that parents and families can take to ensure that their student makes a smooth transition to college.
Even if your student is only a few miles from home, they will likely have to devote more time to their life in college; however, this does not mean that they will lose family values. It is through your support and guidance that your student was able to make it through high school and open up a new chapter of his life here at Rice. As you continue to support and encourage your student, he will feel more confident, more informed about campus resources, and surely discover a greater sense of belonging and community at Rice. Being a first generation college student is a point of pride. You can take great joy in knowing that your student’s accomplishments are also your shared accomplishments and legacy!
Visit the Rice University Parents homepage for more information: http://www.rice.edu/parents.shtml
The college process can be stressful at times, but this should be an exciting time for both you and your student. Remember to enjoy this experience!
If you have further questions regarding first generation college students, please contact Jessica Bowers Chukwu (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Rice’s, Student Success Initiatives Office.