Happy 4th of July and Welcome to the New Members of the Lancer Family

Because the Longwood campus is relatively quiet during the summer, Lancer Parent Pipeline doesn’t publish regularly between the end of May and the beginning of August.

But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to welcome the many parents who signed up for the blog during new student orientation last week. Thank you for joining!

Orientation introduces new students and their parents to Longwood and what lies ahead.

We are so excited that your students have chosen Longwood, and we can’t wait for them to arrive on campus next month. They—and you, too—have an incredible journey ahead.

Peer Mentors are a big part of orientation and a great resource for new students.

There are so many opportunities for students to take advantage of here:

Brock Experiences

Brock Experiences are a group of courses that take students throughout the U.S. to explore important issues. This summer students followed the path of the Colorado River as they learned about water rights.

—An incredible variety of student organizations
Intramural and club sports

Intramural sports compete against other teams of Longwood students. Club sports compete against teams from other schools.

—WMLU, our student-run radio station
—The Rotunda, our student newspaper
Music ensembles
PRISM and other research opportunities

PRISM gives students the opportunity to conduct research during the summer alongside faculty members. The program provides housing and a stipend, as well.

And there are many, many more.

Please encourage your student to get involved on campus. I know it can be hard for freshmen—and even students who have been here a year or two—to put themselves out there, but they’ll be so glad they did. They’ll make friends, meet others who share their interests, learn something new and discover their own potential. They may be surprised at how easy it is to connect with other students and faculty here.

College is a place for your students to develop their independence, so it’s fitting that we’re talking about just that on Independence Day. But don’t worry, parents of freshmen, your students will still need you—just maybe in a different way.

If you’re seeing this post as a member of the Lancer Parent Pipeline Facebook group, remember that you can also sign up for a weekly email of posts at: go.longwood.edu/pipelinesignup. (You can unsubscribe at any time if it doesn’t work for you.)

I hope you and your families have a wonderful 4th of July!

Look for the next Lancer Parent Pipeline post in August.

Sabrina Brown