First Year at a Glance

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August
  • Arrive on campus with excitement, trepidation, and anxiety
  • Move-in with roommates, and learn to navigate this relationship
  • Deal with homesickness and potentially feeling as though he/she/they do not belong
  • Class registration
  • Involvement Fair - sign up for clubs and other on-campus organizations
  • Learn to navigate the campus
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September
  • Make friends and discover how to get involved on campus
  • Figure out time management skills to handle demands of courses
  • Consider whether to find a job to meet work study expectations
  • Take first college-level exam
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October
  • Receive mid-term grades and learn impact of balancing academic and social demands
  • Prepare to see family for Family Weekend
  • Registration for spring courses begins
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November
  • Prepare for final papers and exams
  • Deal with emotions of having to go home or stay on campus for Thanksgiving break
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December
  • Papers and exams can be overwhelming as semester ends
  • Winter break begins
  • Midyears prepare for arrival on campus
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January
  • Midyear move-in day
  • Spring semester begins
  • Midyears arrive, requiring similar transition as incoming fall students
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February
  • Homesickness is not uncommon during this time of the year
  • Midterm Recess - a week off of classes
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March
  • Midterm season
  • Summer planning (summer courses, employment, and internships)
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April
  • The end of the semester is quickly approaching
  • Balance academic and social expectations as the pace of end-of-semester events and activities picks up
  • Spring Break
  • Springfest - a great opportunity to relax before finals
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May
  • Final exams, papers and projects.
  • Last minute summer planning occurs
  • Say goodbye to friends for the summer or to those graduating
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How You Can Help
  • Encourage your student to create a time management schedule.
  • Remind your student to utilize the Support at Brandeis website for a comprehensive list of resources of support.
  • Be transparent about your expectations when your student is away at university and/or at home for breaks.
  • Encourage your student to practice health and wellness strategies.
  • Reassure your student that it is normal to feel mixed emotions throughout the school year. Finding activities and resources to help manage these fluctuations is essential to student success.