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The Guardian

Keeping Parents Connected to Crandall University Prospective Parent Newsletter —Issue 02— Dec. 2011

Stay Informed

Merry Christmas from Crandall University. December has arrived and the feeling of Christmas is starting to grow. Despite the lack of white stuff outside, that undeniable Christmas spirit is filling our homes, schools, and workplaces. Parents, your children are looking forward to a few weeks off over the holidays. They get a break from the every day pressures and stresses of high school life , and get to enjoy some stress-free time with family and friends. As your children enter the final months of their high school careers they will be busy trying to cram in as much time with friends as possible, as many work hours (for that ever important financial stability) as they can, and will be looking ahead to their upcoming year at University. This Christmas, during the chaos of family gatherings, and last minute shopping trips, please remember to enjoy the down-time that you have with your child. Cherish the memories, and special moments of this holiday season. We hope that you can take a few minutes out of your busy holiday schedules to read this newsletter. It will provide some insight to help your help your children during the ups and downs of the final months of high school. Please know that we are here to help you as you shift from parents of high school students to parents of Crandall Chargers. We wish you luck, and pray for you and your children as you all transition through this exciting time of your life.

Parents, you can support your children best when you know what is happening in their lives, both at home and on-campus. This newsletter is designed to help you ease your children through the transition from high school to university. For more information and to stay in touch with life at Crandall please visit www.crandallu.ca .

Parents of Commuters Crandall University is largely a “commuter campus”. We recognize that commuter students face many of the same challenges and concerns that all students face when transitioning from high school to university. As a parent of a commuter student, you have the great opportunity to help your child find his place as a Charger.


Applying to University “Before high school ended, I started applying to colleges and universities. It really wasn’t even a choice because of all the brainwashing of my parents” ~ Tatyana Ali Your children’s final year of high school is

centage. Taking an extra couple of hours to

nearly half over, and they are now really

study for an exam can often mean getting

starting to think about what they are going

an extra couple of hundred dollars in schol-

to do when it is finished. It’s easy to get

arships and bursaries.

caught up in the “what-to-do–next”. What grade 12 students often forget is it is so important to focus on the “what-to-do-

-CHECK ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS! Your children need to make sure that they have completed or are currently registered in

now”.

courses in high school that they need to get

What should your child be focusing

into their desired university program. Cer-

on now?

tain degree programs require particular high school courses to get in. A Science student’s

-PAY ATTENTION TO DEADLINES! Most col-

requirements are different from an Arts stu-

leges and universities have

application

dents’, just as an Arts students’ is different

deadlines. We recommend that your chil-

than a Business students’. Be sure to double

dren apply early to make sure that their ap-

check what courses your child is enroled in,

plications are received early. That way, if

and that these align with the admissions

there is anything missing, their admissions

requirements for the program your child is

counsellor can contact the student and the

interested in. You’d hate for you child to

student will have time to correct or com-

graduate from high school and not be able

plete what is needed before the deadline.

to get into the university program of his/her

This is especially important for

choice, simply because they didn’t take one

students

interested in receiving scholarships and/or bursaries. Generally, most Maritime universities have the scholarship/bursary deadline on or around March 1, 2012.

course that he/she needed. -APPLY FOR STUDENT LOANS AND/OR FINANCIAL AID! If your child has already applied for university and has been granted

-DO WELL ON HIGH SCHOOL FINALS! The

“Early Fall Acceptance” it’s a good idea to

end of January marks the end of first term

apply for student loans and financial aid

for many high schools. Teachers usually tell

early. Simply go to www.canlearn.ca to find

their students what their overall mark is

out provincial-specific information about

going into the exam. It is so common for

student loans. The process of getting money

students to figure out the mark they need on

from the government or banks for post-

their exam to pass the course. Often the

secondary education can be a long and ardu-

amount of preparation and studying effort

ous one, so the earlier you start the process

that they put in reflects the mark that they

the better.

receive. Let your children know that just because they have an 80% in a course going into the final, doesn’t mean that they can slack off.

Scholarships and bursaries are

often awarded to one student over another by hundredths and thousandths of a per-

-STAY IN CONTACT WITH YOUR ADMISSONS COUNSELLOR! Admissions counselors are there to help answer all of the questions that your children have with regards to university life. Don’t hesitate to ask!

Quick Stress Busting Tips for Exam Time For many students exam time can be a time filled with panic and stress. As a parent you can help your child by reminding them of little things that can help ease the pressure. -EXERCISE! Getting out and being physically active not only gets your mind off of exams, it gets your mind ready for exams. It’s been scientifically proven that students who are physically active will retain information, and learn better than those students who are not. -EAT RIGHT! It has become so easy to grab the wrong foods when hungry. Energy drinks, pop , chips and sugary snacks are popular “wrong” choices. Grabbing granola bars, a handful of almonds, or some yogurt is much more energizing to your body and to your brain. -TAKE A BREAK! All too often students confine themselves to their bedroom, or to the library to study, study, study. The monotony of trying to make the information stick is exhausting. It’s important to get up, step away from the books, and take a break. A 20 minute break can be a HUGE help! -SLEEP WELL! All-nighters are all too common around exam time. Trying to stay awake through the exhaustion takes so much energy, and all that cramming doesn’t stick. Going to bed and getting enough sleep will give better results when it comes to exam marks. Reminding your children to take good care of themselves is crucial.


Writing about fears boosts student grades: study

By Paul Taylor, The Globe and Mail—Published Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 Many students “choke” under exam-time pressure. They become so worried about doing badly that they are unable to perform to the best of their abilities. But a new study suggests that students can overcome their nervousness – and actually get better grades – if they spend 10 minutes immediately before the examination writing about their fears. It’s as though the writing exercise helps them unload their angst so they can focus all their attention on the test. “We showed that students who are normally test-anxious were able to perform just as well as their other classmates,” said the senior author of the study, Sian Beilock, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. For the study, the researchers recruited 20 university students who were given a series of math tests in the lab as well as in a real classroom setting. In the central experiment, the students were divided into three groups. One was asked to write about their feelings concerning the upcoming test; the second was instructed to write about events of the previous day and the third group was told to sit back and relax in the 10 minutes before the start of the exam.

The overall findings, being published Friday in the journal Science, revealed that students prone to jitters did 10 to 15 per cent better when given the opportunity to write about their feelings prior to the test. The researchers repeated the experiments with high-school students and got very similar results. The writing task boosted the grade of extremely anxious students from an average of B– to B+. But how could such a simple pre-test task make such a big difference?

“How students score on a test is not necessarily indicative of their ability,” said Dr. Beilock. “We think we have come up with a good technique that will allow students to perform at their best. It doesn’t take a lot of time. It doesn’t take a lot of money and it’s something students can do on their own.” Dr. Beilock is a leading expert on performing under pressure and is author of the book Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have To.

She believes the writing exercise tested on According to Dr. Beilock, pressured-filled situations can deplete a part of the brain’s the students could also help others do processing power known as working mem- their best in a variety of high-pressure ory. situations, “whether it is a big presentation to a client, a speech to an audience or even “You can think of it as a mental scratch pad that allows us to work with whatever infor- a job interview.” mation we have held in [our] consciousness,” she explained. “And when people are worrying, they don’t have as much of this cognitive horse power to devote to the test.” By writing about their fears, “it allows the students to almost get rid of their worries ahead of time,” she said. Indeed, an assessment of what they wrote indicated that many students gained some insight into their fears and actually began to down play the overall importance of the test. Essentially, they could mentally relax a little.


A Message from Linus

Upcoming Events for High School Students Crandall Open House — February 11, 2012 — 1:00-3:30 An afternoon opportunity to come to campus and learn more about all things Crandall. Hear from faculty, staff, and most importantly current Crandall students during the scheduled presentations in the afternoon. Hope to see you there!

Scholarship and Bursary Deadline —March 1, 2012.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.' That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. “ ~Taken from The Gospel of Luke

The Guardian ISSUE 02—December 2011

In order to qualify for scholarships and bursaries at Crandall University, incoming students must have both their application for admission AND their scholarship and bursary application (including their letter) post-dated by March 1, 2011.

Crandall Live —March 18-19, 2012. Due to popular demand we will be hosting Crandall Live, an event filled with fun, and interaction for grade eleven and twelve students. Stay overnight in residence, spend a “day in the life of” a Crandall University student. More details to come.

Crandall University 333 Gorge Rd., Moncton, NB E1C 9L7 506-858-8970 ph 506-863-6460 fax www.crandallu.ca

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