ABSN Accepted Students Day - Parents?

  1. So I've been lucky enough to be accepted to a few ABSN programs (yay!) and their Accepted Students Days are approaching. My parents really want to go. They aren't overbearing, they simply want to see the schools and learn about the programs. However, I don't know how weird this would be? Since ABSN students are older, I don't want to be looked at strangely for bringing a parent. I understand why they want to come, but I also don't want everyone to look at me negatively right off the bat.
    Thoughts??
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  3. by   Quota
    Parents coming would be weird IMO.
  4. by   verene
    I would talk to the program about the focus of the day but at my campus orientation day was very much aimed at students and students only. Much of the day was focused on the program we were entering, meeting peers, general logistics, what to expect and how to survive. We also were given information on campus supports (e.g. tutoring services, student health center etc) a brief tour of the campus, and had our faculty introduce themselves and a Q&A with prior students, and probably more stuff I've now forgotten. There were a few events (e.g. all-campus welcome BBQ) that were appropriate for families to attend, and we were encouraged to bring spouses/kids/parents etc to those events but orientation was not one of them.
    Last edit by verene on Feb 16
  5. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    We had a family breakfast after we got our acceptance and lots of people brought their parents. As long as it's not actual orientation, I don't see an issue.
  6. by   lo72
    Perhaps I should clarify this is NOT orientation. It's a two hour morning session.
  7. by   203bravo
    Don't see the problem.. and if you plan ahead you could arrange a campus tour with a recruiter for them and a tour of the nursing school... by the time they are done, you would probably also be done....
  8. by   elkpark
    Maybe they could skip the official Students' Day, and you could take them on a tour of the campus yourself on another day and tell them about what you've learned about the program. I, personally, would not be willing to show up at an official school session for a professional school (for students who already have a degree, to boot!) with my parents. Even when I went to college the first time, straight from high school, my parents dropped me off and helped unload stuff into my dorm room, but didn't hang around and go to any kind of official sessions. (Of course, that was before the concept of "helicopter parent" was invented ...)
  9. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    Quote from elkpark
    Maybe they could skip the official Students' Day, and you could take them on a tour of the campus yourself on another day and tell them about what you've learned about the program. I, personally, would not be willing to show up at an official school session for a professional school (for students who already have a degree, to boot!) with my parents. Even when I went to college the first time, straight from high school, my parents dropped me off and helped unload stuff into my dorm room, but didn't hang around and go to any kind of official sessions. (Of course, that was before the concept of "helicopter parent" was invented ...)
    Generally I agree, but since she hasn't accepted any offers yet, this sounds more like a campus visit session rather than a "meet your cohort" type of thing. Her parents might be integral in helping her decide which program to choose.
  10. by   elkpark
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    Generally I agree, but since she hasn't accepted any offers yet, this sounds more like a campus visit session rather than a "meet your cohort" type of thing. Her parents might be integral in helping her decide which program to choose.
    We're talking about adult students accepted to a second degree professional program. How much help from parents are adult professional students supposed to need to make a decision about a program?
  11. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    Quote from elkpark
    We're talking about adult students accepted to a second degree professional program. How much help from parents are adult professional students supposed to need to make a decision about a program?
    I know. Some people are more dependent on (or close to) their parents at age 22ish than others. I just don't think it's wrong or shameful to want your parents along. Maybe they are paying and want to come along.
  12. by   elkpark
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    I know. Some people are more dependent on (or close to) their parents at age 22ish than others. I just don't think it's wrong or shameful to want your parents along. Maybe they are paying and want to come along.
    I don't read anything in the original post that suggests the OP wants her parents to come along; she says that they want to, and she's expressing reservations.

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