Published on 7 August 2013
A working mum who has supported three of her children through University of the Sunshine Coast studies while also doing her own degree part-time will offer top tips to other parents of prospective students at USC’s Open Day on Sunday 11 August.
Denise French of Gympie will be one of two guest speakers on the topic of parental support at the annual USC Open Day on campus at Sippy Downs from 10am to 3pm.
Denise, who currently shares her experiences and advice as “USC parent Denise” on Facebook, will provide insights to parents, carers and other family members from 11.30am to 11.50am in Lecture Theatre 6.
Her presentation will follow one at 11am by USC Student Health and Transition Officer Tim Weir, who will describe how parents can help their students through the first year at university.
He will discuss resources needed at home, assistance with exam preparations and issues such as time management, goal-setting and positive attitudes.
Denise, a full-time school manager, has seen two of her children graduate with double degrees in Arts and Business, has a third child enrolled in a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, and is now studying a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing herself.
“Times have changed and, in this economic climate, it’s often too expensive for children to become fully independent as tertiary students,” she said.
"Parents can be very influential and they need to stay connected with their students at university, to help with practical issues and ensure they overcome challenges.”
Denise’s first child to graduate, Macaela French, now works for the University’s Marketing and Communications Office and is helping organise the Open Day.
Macaela said the two sessions were designed to show parents how important their roles were as their children moved from secondary to tertiary studies.
“The sessions will also outline the many support services available for students on campus because families are certainly not alone in this process,” she said.
Thousands of visitors are expected at the annual Open Day, which will include fun activities and displays across campus.
USC academics and students will chat about the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including two new programs for 2014, the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Creative Industries.
There will be seminars on job prospects, guided tours of campus including sustainability tours and financial advice from fees to scholarships.
— Julie Schomberg