Parents and Guardians

Dear parents,

At Post University we offer a vast number of both academic and campus support services to all of our students. These services are offered to all students free of charge.

Our freshman students enter Post University with a lifetime of your love and nurturing behind them. They couldn't have done it without you and we want you to know we value your continued support in your student's life. They will be challenged to work hard, explore new ground, and achieve academic, personal and career success. Your emotional support and encouragement are critical to your student's ability to maintain the confidence and academic focus required to meet the challenges of excelling at Post University.

Being a freshman

The first year of life at Post University is challenging in a number of ways.  Students need to navigate a whole new array of responsibilities that require self-discipline, focus and determination.  They will meet hundreds of other students and professors, experience an array of new social situations, and be challenged academically in ways that are likely to be unfamiliar.

Some freshmen take these new experiences in stride while others struggle. Given all of this, it is common for students to feel uncertain about their own abilities and express frustration over grades, social life, and extracurricular activities. Students are learning that a university is different from high school; and superb grades that may have come relatively easy in high school may prove to be difficult to obtain as a college student.

Being a sophomore

With a deeper understanding of the demands of college, students are now prepared to reconsider their intended major. They have tested their study skills, considered their individual interests and abilities, and are now figuring out what works best for them. This is a time when students think through their commitment to education with a clearer understanding of the requirements for success. Many students struggle during their first year, and become discouraged if they are not among the top of their class.

The sophomore year is when the study skills and work habits they may have struggled with in freshman year begin to take hold. Students are being asked to do critical thinking and analyses, and they are revaluating their own goals and objectives. It is a time when students discover who they are and how they can influence others. The sophomore year also offers opportunities to explore the world of work through the University's Co-op program, which provides students a chance to spend the summer in a real job experience.

Being a junior

The junior year is when many students begin to focus on their selected major. They may have already taken some of the courses in their chosen major during their sophomore year, but this year they engage in higher-level courses with greater specialization. They will begin to work closely with their major professors and continue the process of developing their individual skills and abilities. In junior year, students will be expected to develop greater leadership skills. At the end of the academic year, students may again choose a co-op program experience. Given their greater understanding of their major area of study, students will be expected to perform higher-level job skills.

During this time, students will start to think more deeply about what they will be doing after graduation. Continue your reassurance and help them stay focused on the many gains in knowledge, skills and experiences they have already accomplished over the past two years. They are honing their leadership skills and are already developing into good listeners and thinkers. Your conversations with your student will serve to complement and strengthen these skills.

Being a senior

The senior year is spent in dealing with high-level courses and preparing for the next steps of life. During this time, students are completing their major requirements and demonstrating mastery in their chosen field of study. Their experiences in the Interdisciplinary Leadership core over the three preceding years, along with participation the University's Career Services programs, have given them the tools they'll need to make a difference in their world and in the lives of others.

How you can help

  • Be supportive and encouraging. There may be times during the next four years that your student, for any number of reasons, personal or scholastic, may lose faith in him or herself.   It's helpful to have someone to call on who will bolster self-confidence, offer encouragement, and provide direction.

  • Stay connected to your student. Send notes, e-mails, and clippings from local papers, or even prepare a "care package" for them with enough goodies to share with their new friends, of course!

  • Encourage your student to explore a variety of majors and career directions during their freshman year. The freshman curriculum is somewhat structured; however, students have opportunities to explore new fields. This is a time to see whether your child's intended major is a good fit.

  • Rely on us.  We have years of professional and practical experience helping students find their future—and in time to graduate!   If you or your student needs some guidance, be sure to give us a call.

  • Foster independence.  At this stage in a young adult's life, it's essential to begin forging an identity that is independent from his or her family.  Keep in mind that Post takes its role in this aspect of your student's growth very seriously.  We will carefully help guide your student through this crucial transition.

  • As seniors, students may need your support more than ever.  The final year of study is a culmination of a great number of educational, social and emotional experiences. Students have been waiting four years for this moment, but there are still courses to complete and deadlines to meet as graduation day looms closer. It is exciting and, well, stressful. This is also a big moment for you. Your consistent support, encouragement and faith in your student have been an integral part of the success of this final year. In just a short time, your student will be ready to take on the job market as a confident, competent and competitive participant.
  • Congratulations. You have done a wonderful job!