Ballantyne Magazine

SPRING 2017

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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Colleges and universities are in the business of providing students with the support they need to suc- ceed. Knowing about and using such resources are up to the student. Dr. John Downey, dean of students at Queens University of Charlotte, is a resident in the Ballantyne com- munity. He recommends that parents become knowledgeable by learning about what the college has to offer in terms of career counseling, academic advising, tutoring and wellness pro- grams. "The No. 1 resource the stu- dent is going to use is you — and you are a great resource," says Downey. The automatic response for most parents is to rescue their child from problems. "You should empower the student to try first because that is part of the learning process," Downey says. He sug- gests, for example, helping your child make a list of questions to ask a faculty member and then role-play how to approach the situation. Be a resource. Tip 2 ➜ Quick Tip Attend parent orientation, even if this is your fifth child going off to school. BALLANTYNE SPRING 2017 43 Feature

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