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First-Year Family Orientation

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Welcome to the Clark Family

Your student isn’t the only one who has joined the Clark community. This is a special time for your entire family, and we want you to stay involved and informed during their time with us. We hope you will be able to learn more about Clark University, visit campus when you can, and discover the difference a Clark education can make.

Supporting Your Clarkie

Sending a student off to college is a major milestone for parents and families, often accompanied by a variety of feelings — including pride, excitement, anxiety, and trepidation. Letting go is rarely easy, and it can be hard to adjust to having a student away from home.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that:

  • Most students make the adjustment to college life quite successfully.
  • One of the major aims of the college experience is for young people to develop the capacities of self-responsibility and independent action.

How can you help your student adjust to college life and become more independent? Offer your love, support, understanding, and encouragement. You can stay engaged by:

  • Asking questions and encouraging your student to solve problems, research possibilities, and take advantage of the many academic, co-curricular, and support services that Clark offers.
  • Gently reminding your student to get enough sleep, physical exercise, and nourishment so they can do their best work and stay healthy.

In-Person First-Year Family Orientation

After your student moves in, we invite you to join our First-Year Family Orientation to learn more about what to expect.

Check back in the summer for a full schedule of activities.

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Dean of the College

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