Welcome to the Trailblazer family! Everyone can be an MCLA Trailblazer! The Trailblazer Team consists of those who support our students' success; this includes parents, guardians, family members, advocates, or anyone else who helps an MCLA student!
Part of our job at MCLA is to give students and their Trailblazer Team the necessary information and resources to ensure they are safe and successful! We believe a student's Trailblazer Team plays a crucial role in influencing, mentoring, and guiding them through all the transitions that may come their way. At MCLA we want to partner with you through every step of your student's journey!
Your student may require support from their Trailblazer Team to navigate all the important steps during their college career at MCLA. They will continue to rely on that support throughout their college career and beyond.
Welcome to our MCLA family and to your student's Trailblazer Team!
The Trailblazer Hub is your one stop shop for:
Mark your calendar now for October 20th- 22nd, 2023 for family-friendly events on campus.
Of course, your student may and should take the lead with this, but may still need your help to stay on top of all of the details.
The clearer you and your student can be before they head off to MCLA the fewer issues may come up later.
As your student heads off to college, know that there will be challenges ahead; for you both. Challenges may arise for your student in many different areas and as their Trailblazer Team Member you may be unsure how to support your student facing these challenges if you are not there to physically help. You are an important support system for them, but know that MCLA has numerous resources available to help you and your student navigate any challenges they face.
Having your student practice these skills prior to leaving home will set them up for success during their time here at MCLA.
Talking with your student and making a plan on how expenses will be handed will help them understand the important of their financial future.
MCLA is committed to your student’s educational success. Our commitment also extends to you, as part of your students' trailblazer team.
Your awareness about our academic and co-curricular programs will help you help your student find the challenge and support that can enable and enhance their successful college experience. You are encouraged to speak with your student about taking advantage of all the academic resources available on campus. Talking with a professor or advisor, using Freel Library, or trying some of MCLA's support areas like Academic Advising and Support are all good ways for your student to find the right guidance and assistance. Learning more about internships and study abroad opportunities are good ways for your student to consider enhancing the learning experience.
Can I have access to my students’ Academic Record?
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of a student education, financial, and academic records. For the student’s protection, FERPA limits release of student record information without the student’s explicit written consent.
While every student goes to college to learn and grow. They often discover, that academic work at college is different than the work that they did in high school. Students are expected to spend more time studying and colleges expect a higher level of critical thinking. College also brings with it other types of learning. Much of this other learning happens outside the classroom. Students have opportunities to pursue old interests and to discover new interests. At times students may choose not to fully engage in all the learning opportunities that college offers because they may be too focused on academics or socializing. Many worry that getting involved in activities or organizations on campus will distract them from their academic pursuits rather than enhance their academics. Research shows the opposite to be true. Engaging in all the opportunities college offers contributes to academic success.
Your college student is learning to find their own path during their college experience. Part of this learning is understanding the importance of their own choices. As a Trailblazer Team Member, you can encourage your student to take advantage of the many opportunities available on campus. Help them think about the benefits of getting involved in organizations and activities the college offers. Here are a few things that they may consider.
Being involved in the MCLA community can bring tremendous benefits to your student. However, as with so many things during these college years, it is important that your student finds their sense of balance. Participating in organizations and attending activities on campus are important for your student's well-being. Being involved in everything or allowing activities to distract from studies or interfere with a focus on what they want from life, can be harmful. Your student will need to ask - "How much is enough?" and "How much is too much?" Your student will need to find the appropriate and comfortable level of involvement.
Email us at TrailblazerTeam@mcla.edu
Director of New Student Programs and Family Engagement