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AUGUST

What’s happening with your student?

 What parents and guardians can do:

-August Helpful Hint-
Don’t forget to take care of yourself! This is a period of adjustment for you too. Your mixed feelings of joy and sorrow, pride and loss, are normal. There will be a void in the family and some roles may adjust, especially if younger siblings are still at home. It’s a good time to refocus on your own hobbies and interests. And remember that your student still needs you and loves you, even if they don’t say it.

SEPTEMBER

What’s happening with your student?

What parents and guardians can do:

-September Helpful Hint-
Be on the lookout for Family Weekend (TBD; September or October 2017)! This is a great opportunity to meet with other Ram Families, while attending some terrific events. Family Weekend is about midway through the semester, so it’s a good excuse to return to campus and check-in with your son or daughter.  They may not want to admit it, but they will miss you by then.

OCTOBER

What’s happening with your student?

 What parents and guardians can do:

*Midterm grades are good indicators of your student’s performance and are normally reported by professors the seventh or eighth week of classes, typically mid-October for the Fall semester and late February for the Spring semester. October is also when your student will first experience midterm examinations.  Utilize this time to gauge where your student is on the grade scale in each class by asking specific questions about assignments and performance. Finals week and the preparation for it will be especially daunting for a new freshmen; this occurs in the beginning of December for the fall semester and at the end of April for the spring semester.

-October Helpful Hint-
Roommate conflicts do happen. They can happen regardless of whether students are complete strangers or have known each other for years. Most students find that talking over the problems with their roommate resolves the conflict; however, sometimes help is needed. The best way for you to help the situation is to refer your student to the Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are upper-level students who are trained to resolve roommate disputes.

NOVEMBER

 What’s happening with your student?

What parents and guardians can do:

-November Helpful Hint-
Would you like to learn about additional ways you can actively support your student? Take a look at multiple resources available to families of Shepherd University students through the Student Success web page.

DECEMBER

What’s happening with your student?

What parents and guardians can do:

-December Helpful Hint-
Expect your student to be very stressed in December. While you won’t be able to prevent the academic stress, you can reduce the pressure for your student to participate in family obligations or traditions, which put added demands on a student’s busy schedule.

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