Off-Campus Housing at BU – Things to Consider

November 25th, 2019 in Parent Advice.

  By Liz Yokubison, writer, author and mother of Alex, ENG’21 Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about off-campus housing for next year. Since BU is in the heart of Boston, this statement likely incites a shiver of anxiety in some parents or guardians. In addition to safety concerns about students living off-campus, there are a myriad of other logistics to consider, not the least of which is how to find a clean, comfortable house or apartment that doesn’t cost a fortune. To help parents and guardians understand the ins and outs of off-campus housing, I spoke with... More

Three parents attending BU Orientation

Should Parents Attend College Orientation?

April 22nd, 2019 in Parent Advice.

By Liz Yokubison, writer, author and mother of Alex, ENG‘21 I’m not sure why, but many parents/guardians do not attend their student’s college orientation. While it is admittedly an added expense to travel to the university that your child will be attending in the fall, it is worth it in so many ways. As parents of twins, my husband and I carved out time, the summer before our kids started college, to attend both of their orientations. And boy, are we glad we did. How It Works Each university has its own approach to orientation, which is the first step in a vital... More

Pumpkins and the words "The First Thanksgiving"

The First Thanksgiving

November 10th, 2018 in Parent Advice.

By Liz Yokubison, writer, author and mother of Alex, ENG‘21 No, this isn’t a blog about Thanksgiving dinner. Rather, it’s a primer on what to expect the first Thanksgiving your collegian comes home. First, a reality check. It has been about two-and-a-half months since you moved your son or daughter to Boston University, and let me assure you that a lot has changed in their lives, maturity level and point of view. So don’t expect everything to be the same as the last holiday when you were all living under the same roof. Your Student’s Perspective In just a few short months, your... More

A stressed out student in front of their computer

Good Parenting

October 5th, 2018 in Parent Advice.

By Jeanne Knox, Chairman, Parents Leadership Council As I was reading an update from the School of Public Health this morning about a class on sexual violence turning in to a forum for discussion of the Supreme Court hearings, I was struck by BU Provost Jean Morrison’s mention of texts to her daughter, a grad student, and a call to her son, a university student, during the hearings.  Great Mom, I thought, checking in and supporting in a time of potentially great stress.  I myself had done the same thing last week with my kids, and I am betting you did too.  And, my empathy... More

A Mother’s Reflection on Freshman Year

July 10th, 2018 in Parent Advice, Uncategorized.

By Terri Yablonsky Stat, mother of Madison, SAR '21 Now that we’re fully entrenched in summer, and I get to wish my daughter a good morning in person, as opposed to via text featuring my latest Bitmoji, I thought I’d reflect on what I learned over the past year and can pass on to parents of incoming freshmen. The summer before your new high school graduate leaves for college is an intense one, filled with celebrations, cap throwing, parties, inspirational pep talks, words of wisdom, endless trips to Bed, Bath & Beyond, list making, and family time, before life as we know... More

A New Beginning

June 25th, 2018 in Parent Advice.

By Tony & Sherris Richards, Parents of Lauren, COM'22, and BU Parent Ambassadors We attended the new student orientation June 6-8 at BU. Our family was excited to see where our daughter would be living the next four years, but also apprehensive as she would be 1500 miles from home. From our initial contact to our final departure we were absolutely impressed and enthralled with the professionalism, dedication and passion of everyone we met on campus. From the Deans, to the students and everyone we encountered, the feeling of family and belonging was felt with every touch point. The Parent Program representatives... More

Time for Something New

September 8th, 2017 in Parent Advice, Uncategorized.

By Anonymous The beginning of each school year starts with opportunities as well as challenges. When your student begins his/her freshman year, you are well aware of these transitions. Of course your first year student will be meeting new friends, living in a dorm, finding their way around campus, figuring out time management and school/life balance, as well as navigating the city of Boston. Your awareness of these new challenges and preparedness for them, help to ease this transition period. What may take parents/guardians by surprise is that each year comes with new opportunities, challenges, transitions, and re-starts. If you have a sophomore... More

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Dear Stacey: Will my student make friends?

July 17th, 2017 in Parent Advice.

Dear Stacey: I am worried about my daughter making connections. She is introverted and a bit on the anxious side. How can we be sure she will find friends? I know BU is jam-packed with clubs and sororities, but we fear she may never leave her room. Picture, “bookworm PLUS shy”. PS: please don’t tell her I wrote. Signed: #NotNervousButNervous Dear NotNervousButNervous: That can be a challenge for sure! This is a huge time of transition. Leaving what was safe and moving away, new surroundings, new people, new responsibilities - even new food can be a trigger! For the average student this can cause... More

Boston Marathon runners come through Kenmore Square

A Mom’s Take on Marathon Monday

April 14th, 2017 in Parent Advice, Uncategorized.

So what is all the fuss about Patriots' Day? Why is my student skipping a lovely home cooked dinner (and the chocolate bunny I bought her for Easter) to stay in Boston? I just don’t get it. Those were my thoughts when my daughter, as a sophomore, skipped a chance to come home for the weekend because Patriots’ Day was Monday (always the third Monday in April) and she had "a lot of end-of-semester work to get done first." Not a rookie, let’s call her a novice, on the scene that year. Turns out I was the Patriots’ Day rookie. I’ll bet... More

Opportunities of a Lifetime

March 16th, 2017 in Parent Advice, Uncategorized.

When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama invite you to their winter reception—your heart skips a beat. When you realize that flying all fifteen members of your student group—The Boston University Allegrettos—is a financial impossibility, your heart drops. This is exactly what happened to Joon Choi (CAS’17), president of the BU Allegrettos. He realized members would not be able to afford their flights to Washington, D.C., much less hotel accommodations or even spending money. As the leader of the group, Joon put together a budget for the trip and set up a meeting with Associate Provost and Dean of Students Kenn... More

Getting Real

December 7th, 2016 in Parent Advice, Uncategorized.

Thanksgiving has passed with a flourish and all is back to normal at BU, if anything is normal during the holiday season. As a parent it is hard not to wonder what just happened. The Thanksgiving break flew by quickly and probably not as planned. I recently read a blog by the mom of a freshman who was anticipating her daughter’s return to the fold with lists of what they would do together, who they would see, and what they would eat. I hope it happened for her, but I am betting it did not—so it might be time to... More

A road sign that reads "Bumps Ahead"

Slow down: bumps ahead

September 4th, 2016 in Parent Advice, Uncategorized.

As a parent of two BU students and an empty-nester, I have learned a thing or two about parenting college age students. Before the academic year begins, I wanted to share with you that there will be bumps during this period of transition. My best advice, in anticipation of these bumps is to, of course, slow down but also to be prepared. Let’s face it, during the first semester, you will inevitably get a late night phone call from your student such as: • I need you to send me . . . • I’ll never get along with my roommate . . More

Talk of moving off-campus?

April 7th, 2016 in Parent Advice, Uncategorized.

- Anonymous BU Parent, CGS’17, BU’19 Have you heard talk of moving off-campus—living in Allston or Brighton? It is helpful to know how off-campus living impacts your student. The pros we know—a house full of friends, autonomy, and independence. But what about the practicalities? Our son called and told us he was heading off-campus sophomore year. We set our sights on finding out what questions to ask. A great resource is Kim Santo and Off-Campus Services. Our thanks to Christy Loring at the Parents Program for pointing us in her direction. A great way to have your student ‘test the waters’... More

Is Your Student Lonely?

February 17th, 2016 in Parent Advice, Uncategorized.

by Jeanne Knox, Chairman, Parents Leadership Council This is a question that can’t help but flutter through your mind occasionally as a BU parent, especially after a not so cheery chat with your BU student on a very grey, windy Tuesday in the middle of February. As a matter of fact, it is inevitable to think that. And, of course, as a parent we want to either make that feeling go away . . . good luck with that . . . or do something to make BU a little less lonely for them. It’s what we do. But in my... More