Semester Progress, to parents, summer 2011
It’s hard to believe the 2011 fall semester is almost here! Even though it’s
summer, chances are your student is busy taking classes, studying abroad,
working or interning. Despite everyone’s hectic schedules, summer is a great
time for you to sit down with your student to reflect on their progress thus
far. Here are several ideas you can incorporate into your conversations with
your student when discussing the future:
- Ask about classes for the fall semester. Encourage your student to check SIS
regularly and contact professors about courses. Make sure they are frequently
communicating with their adviser to ensure they are on the right path for
- Ask about extracurricular involvement. If your student is already involved in
organizations on campus, perhaps suggest a leadership or executive position. If
your student is not involved yet, maybe advise him or her to consider one of
Clemson’s 400+ student clubs and organizations. A complete list of all the
clubs and organizations students can be involved with is available on the
Clemson website at http://www.clemson.edu/campus-life/student-orgs.
- Give advice about maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. There are
many clubs and organizations on campus that offer recreational opportunities,
and summer is the perfect time to be active. For example, more than 5,000
students participated in Intramural Sports at Fike Recreation Center last year.
Also, remind your student how to make healthy decisions when considering
controlled substances such as alcohol. If he or she is underage, it may be a
good idea to review the University alcohol policies together (http://www.clemson.edu/administration/student-affairs/student-handbook/universitypolicies/alcohol-and-other-drugs-policies.html).
I hope you find these suggestions helpful and useful. I would like to also take
this opportunity to invite you to visit and “like” the Clemson Student Affairs
Facebook page, which can be found at http://www.facebook.com/clemsonstudentaffairs. Here you’ll find updates on happenings in the
Division of Student Affairs and featured students, organizations and staff. You
never know when you may see your son or daughter or their organization on the
From our Clemson Family to yours, the Division of Student Affairs wishes you a
safe and happy rest of the summer. We look forward to seeing your students in
the fall and hopefully many of you at Family Weekend.
Gail A. DiSabatino
Vice President for Student Affairs