Are they studying and going to class?

A note from Academic Advising

August 30, 2012

By Jason Kelly, assistant dean and director Academic Advising

When I was much younger, my mother used to say to me, "Stick to those studies." In not so many words, she was telling me to forget about the social life and spend some time getting good grades. At CSB/SJU we believe in a holistic approach to education.  We promote learning both in and out of the classroom. 

I believe in a living a balanced life.  The Rule of Saint Benedict (48.9) says, "All things in moderation."  We hope you will be partners in helping your daughters and sons achieve the balanced learning they have come here seeking. 

Over the coming days and weeks, I hope you will take the time to ask prodding questions that demonstrate your genuine interest in your son or daughter's education.  Ask questions that don't result in a response like "fine" or "OK." For example, ask questions like, "What are you learning in your First Year Seminar course?" Or, "Explain to me what you do in your biology lab."  This sort of inquiry opens the door to deeper conversations and models the type of questioning we hope your daughters and sons will use inside and outside the classroom at CSB/SJU. 

I want you to encourage your sons and daughters. College is supposed to be hard. We will challenge our students, but we know they have the ability to succeed (otherwise they would not have been accepted). We know that if they put in the time and effort (they frequently underestimate how much time and effort is needed), they will be successful, and we will all gather for graduation in May of each year to celebrate their success. 

In the coming months, the members of the advising office and I will write short columns intended to help you know what is going on at each point of the academic year. However, if you have questions, please talk with your son or daughter to learn what is happening in their lives and know that we are here as a support service for them.  Have a great year.

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