Most colleges host a Parents Weekend. It’s once a year in the fall, and it’s geared toward giving the parents of freshmen a window into campus life. Fewer colleges do another such weekend during the spring semester, because other schools don’t hold parent-teacher conferences.
The way Hillsdale does Parents Weekend, each semester the professors who are currently teaching us get at least one weekend to better understand their students by meeting who we came from. Likewise, it gives our parents a glimpse of the subjects that we are learning — directly from the instructor. We admire the high-quality professors here at Hillsdale, so it’s a blessing to have the opportunity to share these mentors with our parents. It’s an opportunity to deepen the relationships of everyone involved.
We often quote “college is a partnership” to emphasize the importance of student self-governance when demanding greater freedoms on campus. But that partnership is not limited to students, professors, and college administrators; partnership involves our parents, too. They’re the reason we’re all here in the first place.
As students, we also have the opportunity to deepen our relationships with our friends by getting to meet their parents this weekend. We make a big deal about “meeting the parents” of boyfriends and girlfriends. Why should it be any different with our friends’ parents? Parents Weekend provides the atmosphere for us to deepen our friendships, better understand one another, and have a good laugh at how similar our roommate and her mom are.
Instead of complaining about parent-teacher conferences or grade reports, embrace Parents Weekend for its goal: building relationships. You might even get a free dinner, if your folks aren’t here and you’re lucky enough to be treated by your roommate’s parents.