My Colby-Sawyer Experience

She credits her decision to pursue a doctorate to the encouraging influence of several Colby-Sawyer faculty. “Colby-Sawyer gave me a great springboard.”
Pastoral Psychologist Barbara Livingston '82

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.