Getting to Know Your Scholar
Activities and Conversations to Consider with your Student
- Remember to check in on your student by email or phone at least every two weeks, if not more frequently. During his or her first semester, every few days or once a week is best. The student’s needs may decline over time, but it is important for the student to know that you value him or her as part of your family.
- Feed your student sometimes – every student likes a meal outside of the dorms!
- Invite him or her to bring a friend to your house for a meal. This can often make the student (and host family) feel more at ease.
- Attend an athletic or cultural event on campus with your student.
- Introduce your student to people in their area of study who can mentor them in that profession.
- Have your student come over and watch a movie with your family.
- Invite him or her to church and plan to pick them up or meet them in a certain spot.
- Invite your student to participate in any of the activities that your family enjoys – sports, church, cultural events, etc.
- Some good questions to ask:
- How are your classes going? What is your favorite class? What is most difficult?
- What is your roommate’s name? What do you enjoy so far? What is challenging?
- Who are the students you are enjoying getting to know?
- What American foods do you like the most?
- What foods do you miss the most?
- What activities are you enjoying on campus? What do you do in your free time?
- How is life in America different from life at home?