During the first few weeks in the U.S., your student is likely to feel excited about new experiences. This is sometimes called the “honeymoon” phase of cultural adjustment. Although your student might sometimes feel uncomfortable or confused by things they are not used to, the new environment is also interesting and fun to discover.
Tips for helping your student through homesickness
It’s normal for your student to be excited about new experiences and still feel a little homesick.
- Help them understand homesickness is normal.
- Suggest they explore the city of Tulsa.
- Encourage them to get involved with student organizations.
- Helping others can make them feel better – volunteer with True Blue Neighbors.
- Talk with other students or with professionals on campus.
- Stay positive! It will get better!
International student success center
Designed specifically for our international students, the International Student Success Center (ISSC) is a welcoming environment focusing on the unique needs of students who are new to U.S. academic culture. The core staff members hold graduate degrees in TESL, linguistics and related fields. Support services include:
- A computer lab where students can receive English language support while working on projects and assignments
- An area for English conversation practice
- Workshops on topics such as understanding the syllabus, balancing social and academic time, building vocabulary and giving presentations
- The ISSC is located in Zink Hall
Center for student academic support
The Center for Student Academic Support (CSAS) provides support services to all students which will, in combination with the talents and resources of the student, provide opportunities to develop independence and achieve academic and personal success.
We believe self-advocacy skills are acquired through support and encouragement promoting autonomy and lifelong learning. Services offered include:
- Academic Counseling
- Workshops to improve academic performance and skills
- Disability Services
- CSAS is located in Hardesty Hall. For more information click here.
Alexander health center
Care and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries are provided on campus by the Alexander Health Center. Most services are provided at a minimal cost for students or in some cases free of charge. Counseling and psychological services are also available, with staff trained to help college students adjust to the pressures of college life or any concerns that might require psychological assistance. Information shared with university health professionals is completely private and confidential. If your student is not feeling well physically or emotionally, encourage your student to make an appointment at the Alexander Health Center.
Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. For appointments, call 918-631-2241.
Should your student need attention when the health center is closed, local Urgent Care facilities offer evening and weekend hours.
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This month's checklist
|Listen as your student tells you about new experiences|
|Talk with your student about adjusting to the U.S.|
|Learn about university resources for academic success|
|Make sure your student knows about the Alexander Health Center|
|Submit immunization records (if you have not already done so)|