10 Ways to Support Your ECU Freshman

  1. Send newspaper clippings from the hometown paper to their residence hall mailbox - everyone loves "real" mail!
  2. Visit them at ECU and take them out to dinner or for a little shopping; invite their friends or roommate to join you!
  3. Learn how to use email, and email your student a story about their brother/sister/pet once a week. Don't be surprised if you don't hear back for a while, but know they appreciate it anyway.
  4. Encourage them to get tickets for an event on campus or in Ada that the whole family can enjoy together.
  5. Remind them that it's ok not to have all the answers all the time.
  6. Create a scrapbook of their emails and notes to home and give it to them at the end of their first year at ECU to remind them of all their accomplishments.
  7. Remind them that there's someone at ECU who can help them, and encourage them to seek out that someone on their own.
  8. Remember that a student calendar may run from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. . . don't expect them to keep the same hours they did at home.
  9. Read university and student publications from ECU and Ada online to keep up with events that are available.
  10. After the first semester, ask your ECU student what his or her favorite class was, and why.