Student Issues September · Excitement about new experiences, new freedom, and new friends · Anxiety about academic expectations, social life, and missing home and family October · Relationship or roommate issues may occur · Midterms and assignment deadlines · Shortage of cash; problems with budgeting or paying bills · Looking forward to getting home for Thanksgiving weekend November · Academic stress increases; students may feel guilty about procrastinating or still uncertain about how to do assignments · Health issues such as colds and the flu may hit December · Stress about academic deadlines and final exams · Excitement about Christmas holidays and seeing family; loneliness if the student will not be able to get home for the holidays · Money concerns for travel or gift buying January · New Year’s resolutions – a fresh start at academics · Happy/sad to return to campus and routine · Homesickness/loneliness may be a concern · Adjustment to new courses · Joy or discouragement over the previous semester’s marks February · Relationship issues around Valentine’s Day · Midterm testing begins · Health issues with colds and flu · Discouragement or depression may be a factor as students look at academic deadlines to be met
Parental Support September · Encourage students to get involved on campus and sign up for FAB activities · Don’t panic. If concerned, contact ABU Student Development office. October · Listen as concerns are expressed · If the student lives on campus, encourage him/her to talk to his/her Resident Assistant (RA) about roommate issues · Encourage student to seek academic help from professors or at study sessions November · Encourage student to seek academic help from professors or at study sessions · Encourage student to eat and sleep regularly or see a doctor, if necessary December · Stay in touch and encourage student through this time · Encourage student to attend study/ review sessions
January · Listen as concerns are expressed · Encourage student to talk to professors about their courses and assignments
February · Listen as concerns are expressed · Encourage students to drop by and chat with someone in the Student Development office · Encourage student to eat and sleep regularly or see a doctor, if necessary · Encourage student to seek academic
Considering options for summer employment March · Academic pressure mounts as midterms continue and papers are due · Planning living arrangements for next year · Worry about summer employment ·
April · End of semester stress and exams · Sadness over leaving friends / · relationships and newly established independence if returning home for the summer · Anxiety about summer job if planning to be away from home · Absorbing the changes that have occurred over the past year
help from professors or at study sessions March · Encourage student to attend study/ review sessions · Encourage student to check with Student Development about summer job opportunities and on and off campus options April · Listen as concerns are expressed · Encourage student to attend study/ review sessions · Encourage discussion about the changes and maturity you have observed over the year.
Published on Jun 3, 2011