Summer Tips for Parents

Jan. 19, 2017

Your student is beginning to wrap up their spring semester at Brandeis and as a parent you may have many questions regarding their choice of major and career interests. A great way to check in with your student is by asking them questions relating to their experiences in the classroom, their involvement in extracurricular activities, and what type of goals they have for the upcoming year. Though they may change their minds periodically throughout their college career, this is a great way to get them talking about making the most out of their college experience now and plans for the future. 

To help generate conversation with your student, here are some questions we recommend asking: 

  • What activities, events or people that you connected with have helped you start thinking about post-Brandeis opportunities? 
  • What topics did you discover that you had never considered before?
  • What did you try this year that didn’t turn out as expected?
  • If you had all the free time in the world, what clubs would you join or activities would you try?
  • What can you try next year to keep learning about your interests?
  • Have you met anyone that has work experience that interests you?
  • In addition to your “plan a”, what alternative plans you’ve considered?
  • How can I help?

If your student works during the school year on or off campus:

  • What are you learning at work that is helping you in school?
  • What are you learning in class that is helping you at work?
  • What are you learning at work that might be helpful in your future profession?

As your conversations continue this summer, take advantage of Hiatt's resources regarding majors, careers, jobs and internships.