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Purdue Promise Fall 2012

Inside this issue: Purdue Promise Kick 2 Off

Volume 1, Issue 1

Premier Issue!

The Purdue Promise 2 Pledge Purdue Promise Ice Cream Social


Connection Corner: 3 Overcoming First Semester Challenges Student Spotlight


Welcome to the first issue of Purdue Promise Family! Spring 2013 Registration Dates Priority Groups 10/23-10/27 , 12pm Sophomores (based on earned credit hours)

Our hope for this newsletter is to not only connect you to what the Purdue Promise program is doing but also to your student! Here you can learn about the experiences that your student is having through the

Purdue Promise program, be informed of what Purdue Promise is about, and have an outlet to be a part of our Purdue Promise family! We hope to build and maintain these connections throughout your student’s collegiate career. Welcome, and we’re excited that you’re a part of our Purdue Promise family! ~ The Purdue Promise Staff

11/12-11/17, 12pm Current First-Year Students 11/19-11/21 11/26-11/27 For more information visit: registrar/Reg_Main_Pg/ Spring13_Reg_FAQs.pd f Dates and times are subject to change.

First-Year Scholarship Requirements Students who are Purdue Promise*

Students who are Emerging Urban Leaders*

-Must maintain at least satisfactory academic progress (SAP) based on number of credit hours earned. Visit policies/SAPPolicy.pdf for more information. We strongly recommend students strive to exceed this requirement. In their sophomore year, students will need to have a 2.25 cumulative GPA. -Required to attend at least 1 Purdue Promise social per semester. -Submit the FAFSA on time. -Be a part of a Learning Community during their first semester.

-Must Maintain a 2.75 GPA or better. -Required to attend at least 1 Purdue Promise Social per Semester. -Submit the FAFSA on time. -Be a part of a Learning Community during their first semester. *Scholarship requirements change each year

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Purdue Promise Kick-off On Friday, August 17th Purdue Promise held its annual Kick-off to welcome new students to the program. At the start of the program students were reminded of their scholarship requirements and met the new Purdue Promise staff and student leaders. As a closing ceremony, students took the Purdue Promise pledge and received tassels to

serve as a reminder of their ultimate goal: Graduation. After the main ceremony, students broke up into smaller groups so they could connect with other students, meet their mentor, and learn more about their GS 197 Peer Facilitator. All first-year students take GS 197 to learn about college success skills and resources.

The Purdue Promise Pledge I have support in friends, loved ones, and the Purdue Promise Staff.

Purdue Promise Is a promise to myself, My education, and my future. I have worked hard to get this far and will continue to strive toward earning my Purdue degree. I have support in friends,

loved ones, and the Purdue Promise Staff. This week I have started my journey at Purdue. I will finish by walking across the stage with my diploma in hand. This is my promise.

Ice Cream Social It has been a Purdue Promise tradition to hold an ice cream social the week that class starts to kick off the new academic year, so it was no coincidence when more than 140 first-year students, upperclassmen, and student leaders turned out for the event on Wednesday, August 22nd . At this event students were strongly encouraged to meet the Purdue Promise staff, student leaders, as well as their fellow peers and socialize while they took a relaxing ice cream break during the middle of the first academic week. The ice cream social offered free vanilla ice cream, popsicles, root beer floats, music, and many group activities such as catch phrase, jenga, and lots of opportunities to meet new people, forge new ties, and help the student community grow closer as a whole.

Students having a great time socializing and enjoying ice cream

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Overcoming First Semester Challenges As your college student settles in for his/her first year of college, you know that there will be challenges ahead – both for him/her and for you. This is a year of transition for everyone. The challenges facing your student will exist in many areas, and you may feel that you will be unable to help him/her through them if you are not there. While the GS 197 course all Purdue Promise students take in their first year is designed to help them deal with common transitional issues, families also provide an important and necessary support system. We’ll consider five major areas in which many college students encounter challenges during their first semester transition to college. Families can consider how they can best help their student gain mastery and independence in these areas. Academic Challenges This challenge is anticipated by many, but not all, entering college students. Most students understand that college will be different – and harder – than high school, but many do not realize exactly what those differences will be. College is significantly different from high school. You can help your student by asking how classes are going and encouraging her to build connections with her professors. Ask your student what they are learning and the kinds of assignments they will have to do for each class to help him/her gain a sense of the workload for each course. Some of the students who have the most academic difficulty are those students who are taken off guard by how much work they will have to do. Social Challenges Your college student enters a new social world as he enters college. He begins his college career with a clean slate and will need to recreate his social world. He will need to make new friends, negotiate life with a roommate, and once again be at the bottom of the school hierarchy as an entering first-year student. Your student will likely feel social pressure to make friends, join groups (official or unofficial), find forms of entertainment, and make decisions about alcohol, drugs, sex, and other social activities. Helping your student Texting is an easy way to stay anticipate the changes and decisions he will face will help him think carefully about what is important to him. in touch with your student. Challenges Of Responsibility Your college student will be held accountable for herself and her actions in college. She is more likely to be expected to be responsible than she may have been in high school. Students are responsible for their choices and their actions. They are responsible for making decisions about studying, eating, socializing, finances, health, and managing their time. It may be a new experience for your student to be held accountable and not be able to turn to parents to fend for her. You will still be an important source of support and advice to your student, but she will need to assume ultimate responsibility for herself and her actions. Time Management Challenges One of the biggest keys to success in college is time management. College students spend much less time in class and are expected to do more coursework outside of the classroom. Coursework is often given in larger chunks rather than smaller daily assignments. Students spend less time in structured activities than they did in high school. Talk with your student about how he will keep track of his obligations and assignments, how to break large assignments into meaningful pieces, how to say “no” to activities when he needs to study or sleep. Help him find a good planner or calendar and use it to keep track of assignments, deadlines, and appointments. The Challenge of Balance Perhaps by adding up all of the other challenges which first-year students face, we realize that success during the first year (or any other year) of college relies on achieving a sense of balance. Help your student realize that she will constantly be juggling. She will need to be flexible. She will need to be aware. She must balance her academics with his social life, her need for sleep with her need for study and/or fun, her desires and his budget, her desire for independence with her need for the security of home, her freedom and her responsibility. As college parents, it is easy to feel overwhelmed as we consider the challenges that our students will be facing during their first year of transition. It is important that we arm our students with skills and a positive attitude so that they will be able to overcome challenges as they anticipate them and make some thoughtful decisions. The path may not be easy; there will be rocky times throughout the first year, but we can be especially proud of our students as they move forward to face these challenges.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT What is your favorite Purdue Memory? The Purdue vs. Ohio State Football game where we were expected to lose badly, but came out with a huge upset. Name someone who has had an impact on your life. Someone who has had a huge impact on my life is my little sister, who has cerebral palsy. She taught me to never give up. She is just like any other kid, but physically she struggles, but she never lets her disability get in the way of picking up new skills and functioning like anyone else.


What would you do if you were given a chance to make a difference in the community? Improve off-campus housing with insulation by retrofitting homes to be more energy efficient. Help market and advertise for local schools, good causes, and organizations. Any tips for first year students? Take all the help and advice you can get from people who are helping you, and take your classes seriously, because the learning curve between high school and college is very different. The professors are pretty serious here. What is one thing you wished you had known coming into college? I wished I would have known the actual difference between high school and college courses, it’s a big learning curve, like going from the minor leagues to the major leagues. I was surprised at how little I learned in high school and how much I have learned during my time here at college.

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