A MONTHLY GUIDE FOR PARENTS OF FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS Student Issues and Advice for Parents: August/September: * HOMESICKNESS: Be prepared to see a mix of emotions and signals from your student this month. They will face many ups and downs as they make the transition from high school to college. * MAKING NEW FRIENDS and NEW LIVING SITUATIONS: Encourage your student to stay on campus most weekends. The best way to make social and academic adjustments is to remain on campus and to become involved in new activities. Visit your student; let them know that your visit is a nice alternative to their returning home each weekend. Establish a routine day and time for calls, remember that email and regular letters are important reminders to students that they have support in their new endeavors. * FINANCIAL CHALLENGES and TIME MANAGEMENT: Each student is different. Parents should go over finances and how to use time wisely with their student. October: * FIRST TEST RESULTS and ACADEMIC CHALLENGES: Let you students have their space…this is a busy month. Encourage them to maintain focus. * MIDTERM GRADES: Be supportive even if midterm performance is not what you or your student had expected. Remind them to use the library and seek advice from professors and the Student Success Center. Help your student think about spring registration. * MAINTAINING HEALTH AND PROPER DIET: Encourage your student to visit the Student Success Center if problems arise. November: *REGISTRATION FOR SPRING CLASSES: Encourage your student to make an appointment with their academic advisor in the first week of November. *BEGINNING PREPARATIONS FOR FINAL EXAMS: Remind your student that adequate preparation time for final exams is important to his or her success. Remind them about the value of adequate amounts of sleep, proper eating, rest and relaxation in addition to following a routine of study habits. *MAKING TRAVEL PLANS FOR HOLIDAYS: Talk to them about what they would like to do while at home during the Holidays. Be supportive of your student during this month and the short Holiday. December/January: *FINALS WEEK and TIME MANAGEMENT and ANTICIPATING SEMESTER GRADES: Talk with your student about academic major choices. The Student Success Center offers guidance in this area. Look to the future for positive results and encourage your student to seek additional resources if their grades fell below what you and they expected. *WINTER BREAK and FINANCIAL AID FOR FALL ENROLLEMENT and FINANCIAL CHALLENGES : Although students are on break from school, encourage them to remain intellectually stimulated by talking about their upcoming courses; discuss local, regional, or national events, and show an interest in the work they are doing at the University of Mobile. February/March: * MAINTAINING ACADEMIC SUCCESS and IMPROVING IN AREAS OF DIFFICULTY and MIDTERM EXAMS: Continue to encourage your student to achieve success and focus on areas that most require improvements. The Student Success Center can help students in succeeding. *MAKING PLANS FOR SPRING BREAK: Spring Break is an important event for all college students, but that does not have to mean rambunctious fun. Ask your student what their plans are and ask if they know about alternative spring break and service opportunities, which can be uplifting and valuable events. *SUMMER and FALL REGISTRATION PREPARATIONS April/May: *PLANNING FALL SCHEDULE OF COURSES and PREPARING FOR FINAL EXAMS: Help your student to remain focused up to and through final exams. Send a care package for your student to share with friends while they study for finals. If they need additional help or resources, the Student Success Center is available. *PREPARING and TRANSITION TO MOVE HOME FOR SUMMER: Let your student know you are available to help them move home for the summer if they are not attending summer courses. Help your student consider options for residence halls on campus for the new year. Discuss plans for the summer.