Parent’s weekend: A ritual and a responsibility
“Classes just started a few weeks ago.” “I’ll see you soon. Fall break and Thanksgiving are right around the corner.” “We could save money if we skipped parent’s weekend this year.” The excuses are many and varied that parents use for not making the annual parent’s weekend trek to campus. Some even are valid. But I would argue that parent’s weekend, much like back-to-school nights of those elementary and secondary school years, can be time well spent. They offer rare opportunities to hobnob with the college president, the dean, the advisors and other key people in your student’s life. Your appearance is yet more proof that you want to stay on top of your child’s education even while giving him or her some growing and maturing space. A parent’s in-person involvement in a child’s education shouldn’t stop at high school graduation. So if parent’s day is on the horizon, it’s a good idea to sign up and show your school spirit.
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