Hi everyone – I am from Marshfield, Mass., and a pre-engineering major in the 3+2 program. The 3+2 program allows me to get an individualized bachelor’s degree in physics, mathematics, and chemistry from PC in three years, then continue my education for two years at Columbia University or Washington University in St. Louis – allowing me to obtain a second bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Although my time at PC is short and hectic, I still manage to be thoroughly involved in many of the communities on campus. I am a member of the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA), the treasurer of S.H.E.P.A.R.D, and a member of Asian-American Club. I am currently in the process of reapplying to be an Orientation Leader in the fall, a role which I very much enjoyed last fall. I love connecting with students who are new to the PC community and helping them cope with their new lives away from home.
On the academic side of things, I am a tutor in the physics department and, beginning this semester, I am also doing research in the S-lab at Providence College, which is run by Dr. Stephen Mecca. One of the best things about being a second semester sophomore is that a number of my courses are now more major specific.
My Advice to Parents
Encourage your students to become involved in the campus community because it is the best and easiest way to make PC their home away from home. Through my involvement with various groups on campus, I have found a variety of friends and mentors with students, faculty, and staff.
Encourage your student to try a club even if they are unsure of the choice because, at this point in the year, people are still trying out clubs and looking for the “best fit.”
To keep up-to-date on all of the events that are happening on campus, I suggest that students follow Providence College student life social media. I especially recommend that you encourage your sons and daughters to read the “Morning Mail,” a campus email that is distributed daily and provides lots of information about upcoming academic and social programs.
Hi everyone – I am from Marshfield, Mass., and a pre-engineering major in the 3+2 program. The 3+2 program allows... MORE
Well, here is some Providence College trivia for you.
Did you know that there were two Brian Shanleys in the class of 1980? Of course, one went on to become our president. The “other” Brian Shanley lives in Newport, R.I., with his wife Susan Walsh ’79. Their son Peter is currently a sophomore at PC. I recently asked Brian to reflect on his son’s first year experience to provide some tips for new parents. Here’s what he shared:
There’s an old college axiom which reads, “What’s the job of a freshman? Become a sophomore.”
Sounds simple, but it is not always easy. A lot goes on as the first semester of college moves along. Besides the excitement of new experiences and developing friendships, there also can be anxiety, loneliness, and feeling overwhelmed. College always looks great on television and through social media. And how many times have we all heard, “College will be the best time of your life?” Expectations can overshadow reality and lead to a sense of disappointment. Helping your child keep a sense of perspective, humor, and self are important during those first few months.
So how do we as parents help? Some tips:
- Set up a weekly day/time to “speak” with your child. Text and emails don’t cut it. A soothing voice, a story from home, brothers/sisters and pets can all help. These check-ins bring a sense of regularity to an often out-of-balance schedule. I advise no more than twice a week. Students need to learn/know they can make it on their own without speaking with their parents daily.
- Help students by supporting them without “doing for them.” They are now in a safe place with quality people, programs, and resources to assist them on their independence journey. Students need to begin to learn how to advocate for themselves and use their own voice to see what it sounds like and how it is received.
- A small, old-school letter in the mail can help wipe out an entire bad week.
- Talk to them about their classes and ask about workloads and study habits. They are there for an education, and so developing good academic work habits is a key to lessening the stress and achieving results.
We all know that each year brings highs and lows. College is no different. Dealing with the issues is the key to the growth and maturity of our children. Enjoy the journey!
Brian is currently an administrator in the Office of Admissions at Salve Regina University, in Newport, RI. He is also a member of the Providence College Parent Program Advisory Team.
Well, here is some Providence College trivia for you. Did you know that there were two Brian Shanleys in the... MORE
As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we are mindful of the many blessings that God has bestowed on our beloved institution. We are a Catholic and Dominican, liberal arts institution rich with traditions and committed to “values that endure.”
Our year of centennial events is in full swing. We began the fall semester with a Centennial Mass and Academic Convocation and with lots of special events during St. Dominic Weekend. Most recently, during New Student Family Weekend, we had the opportunity to continue our celebration with families of the newest members of our PC community.
For the last three years I have been honored to serve on the College’s Centennial Planning Committee. The committee’s working meetings provided me an opportunity to reflect on how so many have helped to make Providence College a very special place. Of course, for parents and families, one of your biggest tasks is to ensure that your sons and daughters are the beneficiaries of all the College has developed over the last 100 years.
With that being said, I am excited to introduce to you our new Parent/Family Blog. I will be sharing my thoughts with you from time to time, invite guests to tell their stories, and even provide some “up close and personal interviews” of PC folks.
Thanks for reading,
Jackie MacKay, Director of Parent Program
As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we are mindful of the many blessings that God has bestowed on our beloved... MORE