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I hope you have enjoyed spending quality time with your student during the Christmas and New Year break! I am sure you will be sad to say goodbye to your student, but that is perfectly fine! It is common for parents and family members to go through some readjustments when their student goes back to college after a break.
As the new semester begins, your student may experience a range of emotions. While some students may be thinking about last fall - fall grades, lack of involvement on campus, missing family and friends, etc; others may be focusing on the upcoming spring semester - new classes, time management, finances, etc. Hopefully, parents and students have had a chance to evaluate last semester and either celebrate successes or discuss how things might be done differently this semester. The new semester offers new beginnings - a fresh start and opportunity to do a little better in class, get more involved in student activities (or less involved, depending on the student) and prepare for life and work in our changing world.
Now is a great time to talk with your student and help him/her set some goals for the semester. Click here for a list of potential talking points to help guide the conversations.
The cold winter months and the start of a new semester can bring on bouts of depression. Depression is a common issue on college campuses with one in seven college students facing some level of depression during their college experience. UD counselor Mike Brock has some suggestions for combating the blues.
As you get back into the swing of things, keep in mind that Spring Break is not far off - March 9-17. Perhaps, more importantly it is FAFSA time. More information about the priority deadline and scholarships can be found here.
It is not to early to save the date for next year's Alumni and Family Weekend - October 4-6, 2013. More information will be available later this spring.
In the meantime, please let us know what you like about The Odyssey - Newsletter or what you would like to see in upcoming issues.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns....we are here for you!
Assistant Director of Student and Parent Services
UD Serves the Catholic Church
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