My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“My Capstone experience allowed me to ask questions that have not yet been answered and actively engage in finding answers to them.”
Evelina Simanonyte, Psychology major

Advice for Parents

  • Talk to your student openly and often – about finances, relationships, friendships, work, and what s/he thinks about what s/he is learning.

  • Understand that coming to college is a major transition – some of the changes will go smoothly and others will be difficult (it can be something of a roller coaster for a while, but you don't have to get on, too). Sometimes just listening is the best thing to do.

  • Don't try to solve the difficulties your student may be having – instead, suggest how the student can resolve his/her own difficulties and express confidence in the fact that s/he will work it out.

  • Encourage your student to ask for help or information – starting with his/her academic advisor. Asking another student is not always a good idea.

  • If you have questions, consult your Family Guide on our website for information, or call (603-526-3978) or email us to ask about our policies.

  • Buy your student a planner and encourage its use. Encourage planning and organization in all aspects of student life.

  • Encourage a balanced life. Eating well, sleeping a reasonable amount, exercise, involvement in clubs, organizations, and community activities all complement learning – they don't detract from it.

  • Don't push your student to choose a major or a career early on – it is usually better for students to explore a little first to find out what is really right for them. We have many folks to help them focus when the time is right.

  • Expect your student to be different when s/he returns home – after all, that's what you are paying for. Greater independence in thought and action is an important sign of growth.