Q: What role can parents play in their children’s academic success?
A: “Parents can make sure their children are setting aside time to do homework,” says Megan Rutkowski, director of Magnificat High School’s student support services, head of the Academic Success Center and school psychologist. “With college being not nearly as structured like high school, it’s really important that the students know how to keep themselves on track. But the other big piece of it that people don’t always stop to consider is the social-emotional piece. And so how can students make sure that they know how to manage stressors in different expectations in new environments? Something we’re really trying to push are wellness workshops, which [are] really giving girls the tool kits that they need to be successful in high school. Some stress is good, but you have to know how to deal with it. It’s okay to take breaks when you’re studying. You should do that. But time management is critical. How to really balance everything is important.”