Post Date Sep 21

Meet Your Parent Ally: Jordan

Hi Wolfpack Parents and Families!

My name is Jordan Diard and I’m a sophomore majoring in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, with a concentration in Program Management and minors in Environmental Education and Environmental Science. I am from Raleigh, NC so I have grown up right next door to NC State. I never knew that this is where I wanted to end up, but I have had the absolute best experience and could not be happier.

I have been able to learn so many things that I never knew about NC State in my time here. I’m so thankful to my parents that they have chosen to support me in my college career. Since I’m from Raleigh, and my house is so close to campus, I was very nervous about going home too much and not making friends on campus. My parents did an amazing job of texting and calling frequently, but not expecting me to be home every week, or even every other week. It is the great support I have received from my parents that made me want to become a Parent Ally. I want to provide any information that is needed and help support Pack Parents through the office of Parents & Families Services.

I’ll end with some advice for the beginning of the school year. Getting involved on campus to me is so important. I always find that I do better and use my time more efficiently, when I am involved in something that I am passionate about.

I can’t wait for a great year and as always GO PACK!

Post Date Sep 19

Parent Ally Claire

Hey Pack Parents!

My name is Claire Mangum and I am a junior here studying Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration and a minor in Biological Sciences. I am from Garner, North Carolina so Raleigh is home to me. In addition to being a Parent Ally, I am also involved in a variety of other organizations including a Panhellenic sorority – Kappa Kappa Gamma, of which I am a founder and served a term as the first Risk Management Chair, University Ambassadors, Institute of Nonprofits Ambassadors, Student Wolfpack Club, Student Alumni Association, and Cru. I also work for the YMCA of Garner in addition to Parents and Families Services.

I chose to come to NC State because my family history is deeply connected to the University. My mom went to NC State for both her undergraduate and graduate school years. My grandfather was also an NC State student and played trumpet in the marching band many years ago. I have grown up with a love for the Wolfpack and I feel incredibly connected to our NC State community. That includes all of you reading this. NC State has such a spirit of community that I feel is hard to match or find at other institutions.

I am so excited to get to work with you and help you to feel apart of the Wolfpack. I know my parents and family were integral to my selection and transition to college and I would be nowhere without their constant support. You are an important part of your students college journey and I look forward to working with you!

As always, GO PACK!!

Post Date Sep 14

Preparing for the Pre-Game Event & Football Game

A great Wolfpack weekend is ahead of us full of parent and family traditions. If you have never been to a Wolfpack tailgate, or in particular a parents and families Wolfpack pre-game party, be ready for a great time. For parents who have purchased tickets for the game this weekend through our office, you have also received an invitation to our Pre-Game Event. It will be jam packed with games, food, music and fun.

Here are a few tips to remember when preparing for Saturday:

  • Prepare for traffic, especially with an earlier game. It may seem chaotic but I promise it is worth it!
  • You will not be expected to check-in. All you need is a wristband and some Wolfpack red and white to enter the event. Also, do not forget your meal ticket. Just grab some food and join in the festivities.
  • Match your shirt to your wristband. This game will be a “Red and White” game. Each section of the stadium will be a certain color, this is indicated on your wristband.
  • Only clear bags can enter the stadium. Carter-Finley now has a policy that only clear bags can be brought into the stadium.
  • Give yourself ample time to get to the stadium, park, and enjoy the tailgate. Traffic will be heavy since it is a game day.
  • Get to know other Pack Parents. This a great opportunity to network with other parents who are going through the same process with their student.
  • If you take any pictures be sure to tag our social media accounts NC State PFS.

Lastly, if you have any questions download the Parents & Families Weekend Guidebook app for a full schedule and more details. Also, rest assured there will be a Parents & Families info table at the Pre-Game event. If you have questions or need anything at all, please visit us or stop someone sporting a name tag to provide an answer. We cannot wait to meet our Pack Parents and celebrate some Wolfpack football.

Go Pack!

Post Date Sep 12

Parent Ally Lindsay

Hi Pack Parents!

My name is Lindsay Veros and I am a Parent Ally for the second year in a row. I am a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Theatre. Originally from Bermuda, my family now lives in Salisbury, North Carolina.

I came to tour NC State during the summer before my senior year of high school and was feeling very skeptical. Being from a small town, I had been in school with roughly the same group of students since I moved to Salisbury when I was 8 years old. The thought of coming to a college with 34,000 students was overwhelming to this small town girl. However, my mom convinced me to give NC State a chance (probably because her favorite color is red). I owe so much to my mother, because I have found my home at NC State and could not imagine being anywhere else!

On my walking tour of my visit, I fell in love with NC State’s campus. I loved all of the brick buildings and walkways, as well as the green spaces across campus. During that walking tour, I quickly realized that NC State had so much to offer. When I got home from the campus visit, I did a lot of research on NC State and fell in love even more, constantly turning to my mom and saying, “guess what NC State has!” As a student of NC State, I fully believe that NC State has something for everyone and has the power to make everyone feel at home. Yes, we have a HUGE campus with tons of students, but there are over 900 student organizations across campus that students can join to get the community feel that so many of us crave coming into college. For instance, I am involved in Greek Life, as well as University Theatre and those two communities have made me feel at home here on such a large campus. Believe it or not, I now really enjoy big cities, which is something I never thought I’d say. Living in Raleigh for the past two years has been such an amazing experience and I now want to live in a big city in the future.

Of course, I owe everything to my own Wolfpack Family! My family has been here for me through everything that college has thrown my way from moving in freshman year, stressing over my first final exams, studying abroad in London, being an Orientation Leader, joining a sorority, assistant directing a show at University Theatre, and so much more. My family really is my biggest support system and I would not have made it this far without their unconditional love and support; I thank my family so much for being my biggest fans!

GO PACK! GO PACK PARENTS!

Post Date Sep 6

How to Help as a Parent

Transition is hard and if you’re the parent of a first year student, you are currently witnessing this first-hand. Your student has started a new chapter of their life. Attending college for the first time can be a turning point in your student’s life. This is when your student will grow the most. But as a parent, when you’ve been there at the right moment and the right time to help solve the problem, provide the answer and maybe even save the day. How do you help your student now? What do you say to help them get through and acclimate to this new chapter of their life?

This may be your child’s first time living on their own. Prepare yourself for the phone calls asking how to do laundry, how to manage a credit card, or what to do if the car has a flat tire. Even if they know how to do some or all of these things, your student may still call you each time something goes wrong. When they have a question. Or sometimes just because they are missing home. Your student is not only obtaining a higher education but they are faced with new challenges, new obstacles. For some it may be learning new life skills, such as how to manage their money and others it may be pushing beyond their comfort zone to make new friends. This is all part of the transition most of us experience. Reassure your student they are not alone and that many of their peers are experiencing very similar challenges, even if they insist they are the only one. Remind them that NC State has a number of resources that can help.

Here are a few:

  • If your student is feeling isolated or lonely have them look into joining a Student Organization.
  • Roommate issues? Housing questions? Have them talk to their Resident Advisor (RA) or visit Community Standards.
  • Is your student struggling in the classroom?  Or maybe they just need to brush up on good study habits, the Tutorial Center is the place to go.
  • And when in doubt, the Counseling Center can help with just about any issue big or small, to help your student during their transition.

Note that all of these are useful and available to students for the duration of time your student is at NC State. 

College may also be a time when your student receives their first disappointing grade. They may not do as well as they had wanted on a test or a paper and not know how to handle not getting the best grade in the class. College is a little (okay, a lot) more challenging and students are not expected to do well on every assignment or in every class. Expectations are high and no one wants to disappoint. Many college students are afraid of disappointing their parents, of failing where they never have before. In these instances the best thing a parent can do is help to alleviate that pressure. Remind your student that it is okay and not everything comes easy for everyone. College is supposed to be hard and sometimes a hard-earned C teaches more than an easy A.

Remind your student that college is an opportunity to learn how to balance. How to balance school, studying, work, internships, volunteering, student organizations, and a social life. Putting it altogether is a skill your student will learn over time. It certainly doesn’t happen overnight, although most of us wish it would. For some this involves having a planner, writing priority lists or making use of a google calendar. However your student handles it, balance is key. As a parent you have learned how to balance, share what you have learned and your experiences with your student. Encourage your student to go beyond their four walls and for every time you ask about a class, ask about a new experience outside of the classroom. Have they met someone new? Signed up for an intramural? Gone to the dining hall? Challenge them to talk to someone new. Maybe not come home for a weekend or even make yourself busy so that they can identify ways to do the same.

As a student, we expect our parents to have all the right answers, but its okay if you don’t. This is really our chance to learn and grow. The best thing a parent can do for their student is cheer them on, be a voice of reason and reassure us that in the end it will all work out.