First Year at a Glance
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Prepare for final papers and exams
- Deal with emotions of having to go home or stay on campus for Thanksgiving break
- Papers and exams can be overwhelming as semester ends
- Winter break begins
- Incoming spring students prepare for arrival on campus
- January move-in day
- Spring semester begins
- Students arrive, requiring similar transition as incoming fall students
- Homesickness is not uncommon during this time of the year
- Midterm Recess - a week off of classes
- Midterm season
- Summer planning (summer courses, employment, and internships)
- 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
- Final exams, papers and projects.
- Last minute summer planning occurs
- Say goodbye to friends for the summer or to those graduating
ToggleHow 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.