It’s a new era for IUPUI students and their families as campus makes the shift to online learning and many students learn from home for the first time.
Parent and Family Programs has compiled four ways families can support their Jaguar as they navigate virtual classes, new study spaces, and a new normal.
1. Allow time to process feelings
In the last couple of weeks, your student has experienced quite a bit of change in a short amount of time. They might be feeling anxious about finishing up their classes; nervous for what the future holds in terms of internships, summer classes, or courses; grief for having to abruptly leave their community; or uncertainty about transitioning to being at home. This can be a lot to process and experience.
It will be important to keep lines of communication open and recognize this is new for us all.
If your student needs additional support or advocacy, encourage them to explore free campus resources such as: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), The Office of Student Advocacy and Support, or other Division of Student Affairs resources.
2. Stay healthy
Your student’s health and safety is our top priority – and it should be theirs, too. Encourage them to take proper precautions like washing their hands, cleaning their devices, and seeking care if they are ill.
During a time when it’s important and encouraged to stay home, your student may find their previous health and wellness routine is out of whack. It’s important to continue good exercise and nutrition habits, and if your student was waiting for a good time to try a new workout class, now is the time.