Post Date Jan 24

Meet Our New PA, Bri!

Hi! I’m Brianna Marquinez, and I am a new Parent Ally in the Office of Parents and Families Services at NC State. I’m currently a sophomore, and I am pursuing a degree in English with a concentration in Language, Writing and Rhetoric, with a double minor in Law and Justice and Spanish. I am involved in many on-campus clubs and organizations, including the Pre-Law Students’ Association, a Panhellenic sorority, the NC State University Ambassador Program, and more. Aside from being a Parent Ally, I am also a Front Desk Ambassador at the E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center at NC State.

I am super excited to start my work at Parents and Families Services! I applied for this position because of my passion for helping others and my undying love for NC State, and I cannot wait to share my knowledge of this wonderful campus and their resources with our Pack Families. Everyone in the office has been super helpful and patient with me as I transition into the role of a Parent Ally, and I am super grateful for the opportunity to work with great people at an even greater university.

Since I am involved in many clubs and organizations, I am hoping to better my skills as a team player and work more effectively with a smaller group of people. Being a Parent Ally implies taking on a large role in Parents and Families Services, and all allies are required to work together in order to ensure that all operations in the office run smoothly. The ability to work well with others is something I pride myself on, and I am really eager to get to know my co-workers better and to be a part of the PFS family. I know this position will better my qualities not only as an employee, but also as a person. So excited to get started!

Go Pack!


Post Date Jan 10

Registering for Spring Fling

Spring Fling 2020 is only a few weeks away! Here are some helpful tips and tricks for navigating registration on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00am and getting your tickets before we sell out! 

Plan out the events you would like to attend. Before registration goes live, it may be beneficial to plan out the events you would like to attend in advance. This way, you know exactly what you are looking for during the registration process and can purchase tickets to those events before they sell out. Be sure to check out our full schedule of events!

Register early. It is not uncommon for weekend events to sell out very quickly, and some have limited capacity so they tend to fill up early. If you are unable to secure tickets to specific events, you are still invited to visit campus and spend the weekend with your student, remember there is plenty to do both on- and off-campus. 

Registration will go live on our website here!

Register with a PC or laptop computer. Unfortunately, in the past, the registration system has not always been accessible on cell phones and devices. We are working to troubleshoot this issue but in order to save trouble, we recommend that you bypass these issues by registering with a computer or laptop.

Acquiring NC State student tickets/seats with family. In order for your NC State student to sit with you at the Men’s basketball game on Saturday, February 1, you will need to include an NC State student ticket, free of charge, in your ticket purchase. There will be an option for you to add NC State student tickets to your order. Be sure to have your NC State students’ Student ID (SID) number in hand. When you register, you will need to enter this designated SID number into your registration information in order to secure an NC State student ticket. If you have more than two NC State students, feel free to email the Parents’ HelpLine to make this request and include all attending NC State SID numbers. We are happy to add these NC State student tickets to your order at no additional cost.

Interested in the Krispy Kreme Challenge? Through our registration, you will have an option to indicate you and/or your family members’ intent to participate in the ticket registration system. There is no cost at this time. Once you have finalized your Spring Fling registration (in full) an email message will be sent to the email given on the Spring Fling registration site, along with the detailed steps and promotional code to purchase and complete your team registration directly through the Krispy Kreme Challenge website. 

If your family is in need of any special accommodations, please fill out our Special Accommodations and Accessibility Request Form.

Want more information? For additional FAQs be sure to check out our Spring Fling 2020 Frequently Asked Questions! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Parents’ HelpLine at 919.515.2441 or

We hope to see you there!


Post Date Jan 10

Preparing for Study Abroad

One of the best decisions I’ve made in college is deciding to study abroad. As a Spanish major, being immersed fully in Spanish culture was really important to me, but I found myself torn as to whether or not I should study abroad as it was way outside of my comfort zone. Ultimately though, with the help of the study abroad advisors and my Spanish professors, I took a leap of faith and absolutely loved my time abroad. It allowed me to grow in my Spanish-speaking ability and opened my eyes to the wealth of diversity and culture there is around the world.

For my study abroad experience, I opted to go to Valencia, Spain for five weeks during the summer. When considering where to go, it was really easy to narrow down my options as the Study Abroad Office has an online tool that allows you to sort programs based on area of study, cost, location and much more. I knew I wanted to go somewhere that would allow me to take classes towards my Spanish major, and the Valencia program allowed me to choose two classes I wanted to take out of the three offered. I got to live with a host family which made my experience even better! I ate authentic Spanish meals and interacted with my host mom and her daughter during every meal.

My daily schedule consisted of class for four hours, eat lunch, take a siesta at home in the afternoon, go on class excursions, eat dinner and then work on homework before bed. Our professors had fun mini-trips planned to build on what we were learning in the classroom. We visited historic places in Valencia like the cathedral, the downtown square and an art museum to give us a more well-rounded experience.

In preparation to leave, my study abroad group met together two times during the spring semester prior to our journey in order to talk logistics, meet each other and get any last minute questions answered. In addition to this, the Study Abroad Office has program advisors, peer advising and PackAbroad Ambassadors that are available to students as resources too. 

I would highly recommend that any student study abroad if given the opportunity as it exposes people to new cultures, languages and ways of life. If you’re worried about being able to afford it, have no fear! There is a scholarship application specifically for students going on study abroad which can help offset the cost. Also, NC State strives to make time abroad comparable to in-state tuition here, so if you’re an out-of-state student it could be cheaper!

Did you know NC State also has its own passport office on campus? It’s a well kept secret in my opinion, but it can be really helpful if students need to get their passport picture taken and apply for or renew a passport.

Talking with your academic advisor is a helpful first step in deciding to study abroad. My personal advice in all of this is: if it scares you, do it! 🙂 Stepping out of your comfort zone is a great way to grow as an individual in college and broadens your horizons as a student.

Bon Voyage!


Post Date Jan 10

Summer Sessions at NC State

To some students, taking summer classes may seem kind of odd. Isn’t summer supposed to be when everyone takes a break from school work? Don’t people travel, study abroad and work internships? While all of these questions are valid, there are countless reasons why taking summer classes can be a great option for any student.

First of all, summer classes are very flexible. NC State offers different summer sessions, allowing students to choose whether they want to take a 3, 5 or 10-week class. Whether students are working a part-time job, traveling or just have limited availability during the summer, they have the freedom to pick the timeline that works best for them. Maymester is especially cool as you can earn three credits in three weeks! Also, there are tons of online classes offered over the summer, so a student’s classroom can be anything from their kitchen table to the beach. The possibilities are endless.

Perhaps one of the biggest perks of taking summer classes is that it can alleviate stress. If students are worried about a class being especially difficult and time-consuming, it could be beneficial for them to take it during the summer. Students are able to enroll in just one class, giving them the chance to devote their time to one course, lighten their next semester’s workload and not be distracted by other assignments. Additionally, because it’s the summer, many courses have open seats and smaller class sizes, allowing students to get into high-demand classes and learn in a more intimate environment.

Summer is meant for adventure, and summer classes are no exception! In general, there are a lot of unique course offerings during summer sessions. If students are interested in something really specific or want to explore a new area of academia, summer is a great time to do that. Also, if a student is interested in pursuing a double major or a minor, they can start making progress towards those during the summer months! NC State’s Poole College of Management specifically offers a business minor that can be completed by non-business majors over the summer, which is a very popular option among students.

Lastly, summer sessions are practical. Whether you’re a senior needing to graduate on time or an underclassman wanting to complete some general education requirements, summer classes help students reach their goals, no matter where they are in their academic career. For Spring Connect and Transfer students, summer classes can be a smart way to earn more credit toward their major at NC State or catch up if they feel behind. Also, incoming first year students can take part in Summer Start where they move to campus during the summer, take classes and get acclimated to campus before the fall semester begins. The university offers summer housing arrangements, financial aid and more to help make summer sessions more feasible for students. 

So, with all that said, why not take a summer class this year?

Go Pack!


Post Date Jan 9

PacKIN Action

One of my favorite events our office plans is PacKIN Action. This Spring Fling event is designed to give students’ siblings an opportunity to explore NC State. It gives students a time to show their love for the university to their family members. With fun activities, such as games, food, and a movie, the NC State community can expand and build relationships among the students’ loved ones. To me, I find this event super beneficial to build a family-based community on campus.

My brother is currently a senior in high school and is nearing close to making his college decision. As much as I love NC State, I would be thrilled if he found this love in the Pack as well. With PacKIN Action, I find happiness in the ability to show him my life here and the love I have for this university. Looking back at when I had to make this tough decision, I was a different person; I didn’t know what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. NC State helped shape me into the person I wanted to become and the person I have become. Without NC State, I wouldn’t be the student, worker, or woman I am today. With that, I am thankful. PacKIN Action gives me an opportunity to tell my brother what NC State truly means to me and show him the gratitude I hold for the past 3 years of my life here.

At the end of the day, I look forward to attending this event with my brother. I encourage others to attend this event as well in order to learn, not only about the university, but about the growth their siblings have found at NC State.

Ty, if you’re reading this, I wish you the best of luck in deciding where you want to study for the next four years of your life. Wherever you decide, I know you will be happy. You are strong. You are smart. You are a true role model to me. I am ecstatic to see the person you become, no matter where you end up.

See you there!