Making The Transition At NDSCS: How You Can Help Your Student


By Sarah Hoffbeck

With students already in their second month of college, chances are your son or daughter has made it through those first few weeks of classes, overcome being homesick, and fallen into some sort-of a schedule (going to bed at 3 a.m., racing the clock to get to class on time, and scarfing down cold left-over pizza).

So you’re over the hump, right? You figure the rest of the year should be a breeze. Perhaps…but now is the time when certain issues may start to arise. Like all of a sudden your student HATES their roommate—hates how loud they are, the odd hours they keep, the friends they have over ALL the time. Or their first test didn’t go so well. In fact, it went horribly. Or maybe your son or daughter is sick (flu season is just around the corner…) and has no idea what to do.

While as a parent you will naturally have suggestions for your son or daughter, we have numerous resources available at NDSCS to also help your student. The following are just a few:

  • The Academic Services Center, located on the Wahpeton campus, is where your son or daughter will want to go to get some extra help for a class and learn those oh-so-important study skills (701-671-2622).
  • Counseling Services, also located on the Wahpeton campus, is there for when your student may need to talk through something with a personal counselor. Stress, anxiety, relationships…big or small, counseling services is there to listen (701-671-2286).
  • The Residential Life Office has trained a number of resident assistants, or RAs, to help assist your son or daughter in their NDSCS residence halls. Whether a roommate issue, wondering where something is on campus, or just because, your RA is always willing and available to help (701-671-2224).
  • Student Health Services will provide confidential services for your student right on the Wahpeton campus, such as strep testing, consultation for the treatment of illness, and referrals to area clinics/hospitals (701-671-2286).
  • The Enrichment Tutoring Services Room, located at the NDSCS-Fargo location, provides five hours of tutoring daily, Monday through Friday (701-231-6900).

We know you want your son or daughter to succeed. We do too. And sometimes all they need is a push in the right direction as they transition into their new life at college.