Parents and Families

E. Royster Harper

Spring has gotten off to a very slow start in Ann Arbor – and much of the Midwest.  Nevertheless, the sense of spring is very much apparent on campus.  Students are steeped in their projects, papers and studies as the last weeks of classes speed along.  Numerous student organizations are preparing and presenting wide-ranging special events, programs and year-end celebrations.  Study days and finals are beginning to loom, adding a tinge of anxiety to the excitement we feel across campus.

Change, renewal and hope are in the air.

Indeed, this is a time of considerable change for your student.  Some will be graduating (congratulations) and making choices for their lives over the next several years.  Others will be preparing to return home this summer for jobs or internships.  Some are mentally packing their bags for extended travel or to spend the summer away from home in service or learning programs.

Anticipation and uncertainty at this time of year are certain, for your student and for you.  There may be adjustments for both of you when your older and wiser student settles back into home.  Previous expectations about household schedules and “rules” may not be the same.  This issue of Family Matters offers some helpful tips and perspectives for both students and parents.

Or, if your student has plans to be somewhere else, you may be wondering what it will be like to not have your student home this summer.  He or she may be wondering the same.  It’s important for both of you to stay connected, to communicate and share your support to make the separation rewarding for both of you.

In the meantime, while students are working hard to finish this semester, Student Life professionals are here to help them with their triumphs and trials.  Please remind your student that we have many immediate resources if they need guidance or assistance for their health and well-being, for career planning, for connections to many different student-centered organizations, and for help with their academic, social and personal concerns.

And if we can be of assistance to you, please contact Student Life by email to, or by phone (734) 764-5132.

It has been great to share our time with your student.  I wish you and your student a great summer.

E. Royster Harper

Vice President for Student Life


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Spring 2013 Newsletter

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