Getting Ready for the Spring Semester!

It’s almost time to get back in the swing of things for our Spring Semester! We hope that you and your student(s) have had a relaxing break and were able to spend time with friends and family. With the first day of classes quickly approaching, I’ve pulled together some information along with a few tips for helping your student have a productive last week of break getting ready for the new semester.

Acquire all materials and supplies.
Making sure your student goes back to campus with everything they need is very beneficial. This way, your student doesn’t have to worry about having to acquire everything last minute, starting off the semester stress-free. Some things to consider helping your student with includes ordering textbooks, buying school supplies, and making sure they have everything they need to hit the ground running and for stocking up their room.

Catch up on any missed emails.
Winter break is a time all students look forward to – not having to worry about school as much. However, make sure your student has checked their emails for messages from professors about the course syllabus or other important information that could have been sent out in advance.

Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
If you haven’t yet done so, make sure to carve out some time to sit down with your student to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA became available on October 1st and the priority deadline is March 1st. Better to get it done sooner rather than later. Tip: Click here for the school code and step-by-step instructions for filing.

Update your calendar.
Encourage your student to update their calendars with their new classes, class times, and class locations so they are fully prepared for the first week of classes! Tip: Consider asking your student to share their schedule with you so you know when the best time to contact them will be. Or ask them if they’d like to set a time aside each week to catch up.

Give your student time to readjust.
We know you want to keep your students at home as long as possible, but it is important to give your student time to adapt again. Whether your student lives on or off campus, it is always beneficial to get back from break at least a day before classes start to take a day to readjust. Residence Halls reopen Wednesday, January 3rd at 12:00 pm. Taking a day for your student to relax before getting back into the swing of their busy schedules is always important. Tip: Have your student check the Housing website for information and details about returning to campus to be best prepared.

Plan your next visit.
The first day of classes also marks the first day of registration for Spring Fling weekend happening February 2-4, 2018. This is a great time to come back and visit your student to ensure they are settling back in and starting the semester off strong. Talk with your student about planning to attend and mark your calendar for registration. Tickets to all events do sell out quickly. You won’t want to miss it!

We hope that you all enjoyed the time with your students during Winter Break and we hope that you have a fantastic last week before the Spring Semester, as well. We can’t wait to see all of your students back on campus!


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