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Parents' Message


Dear Parent or Family Member...

The Southern University Office of Residential Life & Housing is committed to providing all residents a comfortable, educational, diverse, and caring community where academic success, personal growth, and social responsibility are valued.

While your child is the person who is transitioning from high school to college, we are sure you are also facing many changes as well. Whether this is your first or last child leaving home; it never seems to get any easier. We are confident you have been extremely involved with your child up until this point. Cheering from the stands, listening to their problems, and supporting their educational and extra-curricular activities have probably taken up a so much of your time and your love.

Your son or daughter will graduate from high school in the spring and suddenly three months later they will become adult, college students, on their own, making decisions that a short time ago you were ultimately making for them. Higher Education institutions focus on the partnership between parents and the school system as the foundation of a successful student. The more involved you are, the more successful your student will be. However, after time progresses the partnership changes from student and parent to student and the university. So where does that leave you?

It still leaves you as a parent, a supporter, an encourager and most importantly their biggest fan. Your parenting days are far from over, they are simply fluctuating. In this day and age with cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail and other quick communication tools, many students still talk to their parents on a very regular basis. Do not give up! You are still a very important part of their life.

We are confident the information in this section of our website will aid you as your child goes through their many changes as a college student. There are an amazing number of resources at SU to assist in their success. We hope you will encourage your child to seek out those resources. It is our hope that this will be a rewarding opportunity for your entire family.

The Office of Residential Life & Housing Staff