With final exams coming up, your student may be anxious or stressed, especially if they are unsure of their test preparation skills. Below you will find some key tips for success when it comes to exams. Share these with your student and see if they need help.
- DETAILS. Encourage your student to find out what their entire final exam schedule looks like so they can begin formulating a study plan earlier rather than later. Encourage them to find out more about their exams—will it be multiple choice or an essay? Comprehensive or from the midterm on? How much will their final exam count towards their final grade?
- ORGANIZE. Have your student prepare a written schedule for themself indicating when they will study for each test. Remind them to leave some time in their schedule for other things like exercise and relaxation so they will avoid stress and burn out. Additionally, if they work well in groups, encourage them to seek study partners or group review sessions and schedule those out in advance.
- RESOURCES. If the professor offers a study guide, encourage them to use it. If the professor offers a review session for the exam, encourage them to go to it. These can prove to be really helpful, especially since the topics covered are probably key indicators of what will be on the tests.
- HELP. If your student is still struggling in a specific subject area or concept, encourage them to reach out for help. The Academic Center for Excellence and the Reading Writing Center are great tools to help your student be prepared for their upcoming tests and projects. Remember, the earlier your student seeks help, the better.
- REST. Remind them to get some sleep. Pulling an all-nighter can be stressful, unhealthy and unproductive. If they have to study late into the night, remind them to at the very least take a nap and revisit their study materials the following morning.
- LOCATION. A lot of times, studying at home for students can be difficult, especially if they have a roommate or lose focus easily. Encourage your student to try out different places to study and to find the one that works best for them. Whether it’s a coffee shop or Strozier Library, finding a good location can be key in studying successfully.
- EAT/EXERCISE/RELAX. Remind your student to take care of themselves during final exam week. They should eat, get some exercise, take a break and relax every once and a while so they can stay focused and limit stress.
- TIME. Encourage your student to keep a close eye on the time both while studying and when they are taking their actual exams. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites can be a big distraction that can turn a 10 minute break into an hour (or more!) of procrastination. Encourage your student to focus by temporarily deactivating these sites or banning the Internet while studying.
Remember, a care package is always a nice way to provide encouragement and motivation to a stressed out student! Visit http://dos.fsu.edu/family/programs-and-services/care-packages to order a care package today!
It’s the first day of school and you’re student is oozing with excitement. After years of preparation they are no longer at the finish line of their education but rather the starting point. The transition from high school to college is not made completely evident until the beginning of fall semester. It is during the fall when the entire student body returns to campus anxious to see what surprises the new academic school year has in store. In addition to having 40,000 + students there are also over 750 recognized student organizations here at Florida State University. Since students can often become overwhelmed by the abundance of involvement opportunities programs such as the Freshman Leadership Institute exist to ease the transition.
The Freshman Leadership Institute is an interactive program for first year students whose mission is to help freshman successful transition to FSU. Through this program students receive the opportunity to learn more about their personal values, develop leadership skills and interact with various organizations around campus. Every Monday students meet in the Senate Chambers from 4:00 – 6:00pm in business casual attire. Each week they are exposed to a series of workshops that serve to facilitate their personal growth. For example, during one of the workshops students will be taught the difference between business professional vs. business casual attire. In addition, they will have to create a resume and be required to go to the Career Center in order to have it approved. The skills students will acquire in this program will certainly be valuable to them not only during their undergraduate career but also when they head out into the work force. Current student leaders range from student body president to vice president are evidence of the tremendous impacts this program has.
An additional plus of this program is that each selected student will be paired up with a peer mentor. This mentor will serve as an aide to help students navigate through their first year. More than not these peer mentors are student leaders that are active on campus. They will also be put into one of six family clusters that will have different objectives. For instance, if they are placed in the morale family cluster they will be tasked with making sure that everyone in the program is enjoying their time. That can include writing inspirational notes or even leaving a piece of candy by everyone’s chair. By the end of this program students would have grown in more ways than expected.
rAs your student embarks on the freshman year there will be a lot of outside circumstances that will try to undermine their success. The Freshman Leadership Institute is a great program to ensure that your student starts off with a strong foundation. Even if they are not sure what their future goals are on campus this is a great program to help them figure it out. Applications can be found here: http://sga.fsu.edu/fli.shtml
Stacey Pierre (2016 Orientation Leader) is a Sophomore studying Biology from Miramar, FL.
Written by: Abby Cynamon
Abby Cynamon is from Miami Beach, FL and has a son name Benjamin.
Students who were involved in community service activities, teams or clubs in high school often seek to affiliate with a fraternity or sorority when they get to college. Many of these students find that the opportunity to be part of a group of individuals who share similar interests, allows them to recreate the familiar feeling of being a part of a smaller community within a larger school. However, unlike membership in a high school club, membership in a fraternity or sorority is not a four-year experience; instead, it can be a lifelong commitment.
Some students may decide to explore Greek Life during their first semester on campus; others may decide to wait until their second semester or until their sophomore year. Regardless of when they choose to express an interest in Greek Life, they will have the opportunity to do so at the beginning of each semester, during Rush (IFC) or Recruitment (Panhellenic). At that time, students may visit different fraternities or sororities to determine whether they would be interested in becoming a part of the organization. During these visits, students will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the personalities and interests of current members, in order to determine whether that particular sorority or fraternity would be a good “fit” for them. After participating in rush week/recruitment activities, students may receive a “bid” or invitation to join the fraternity or sorority of their choice, as part of that organization’s newest “pledge class.”
Students who become sorority sisters or fraternity brothers will have the opportunity to become involved in leadership, philanthropy and service projects both on and off campus. They will also have the opportunity to network with alumni after graduation. In addition, some research has shown that students who are members of fraternities or sororities are more likely to stay in college, and more likely to graduate on time, than students who are unaffiliated.
If you are the parent or family member of a student who is involved in Greek Life, you should expect that he or she will have to pay fraternity or sorority dues as well as having to pay for some trips or events during the school year. In addition, sororities and fraternities often schedule specific events for parents’ weekends where the parents are invited to participate in activities with their students.
Greek Life is not for every student; however, students who are interested in Greek Life have many options to consider at Florida State University. For students and their parents who are interested in learning more about Greek life, FSU’s website has several links that are worth exploring:
The Panhellenic website is http://floridastateph.com
The Interfraternity council website is http://fsuifc.com
The National Pan-Hellenic Council website is https://union.fsu.edu/ofsl/governing-councils/national-pan-hellenic-council/
The Multicultural Greek Council website is https://union.fsu.edu/ofsl/governing-councils/multicultural-greek-council/
Please note: Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life works with 57 social fraternities and sororities at Florida State University. These values-based organizations promote leadership, scholarship, brotherhood/sisterhood and service. There are 29 fraternities and 26 sororities, including 18 culturally based Greek letter organizations.
Membership selection in the Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council is an individualized process that is different for each organization. Chapters choose the semester and dates when they will take new members. This process, known as intake, generally begins with an interest meeting followed by a period of membership education. The membership process culminates with initiation and may include a probate, or “coming-out” show in which the organization’s new members are revealed to the campus community.
*Late registration for 2016 Panhellenic Recruitment is August 1-10.
*Family Recruitment Orientation will be August 21, 2016 at Leon County Civic Center beginning at 5:30PM.
Service Leadership Seminar (SLS) is a four and a half day FREE seminar that provides incoming freshmen the opportunity to learn about community service, identity, and leadership. The seminar includes community service projects, workshops, speakers, and interaction with current campus leaders. Throughout the week there will be an array of activities that will enable your student to discover how they can help create positive, sustainable change on Florida State’s campus and Tallahassee as a whole.
Below are summaries of the impact SLS has had on two current Florida State students.
Maria Knight, SLS Coordinator
As a junior at Florida State University, I can easily say Service Leadership Seminar (SLS) has been my most rewarding experience. I was a native of Tallahassee going into the program, but I was completely reintroduced to the community around me during the program. I learned that the FSU community was one that would wholeheartedly show me support and respect as I found my place on campus. This program taught me – and continues to teach me – that personal growth is most expansive when you educate and challenge yourself for your own sake, as well as the sake of others. SLS was my first opportunity as a Nole to seriously consider myself a leader and what that could mean for my community. Having the chance to interact with an array of other motivated students taught me the real importance of diversity and inclusion, as both a student and citizen.
Alyson Rezendez, SLS Coordinator
I was first introduced to Service Leadership Seminar (SLS) before freshman year when my mother spotted the application and urged me to apply. I looked it over briefly, thought “this would be good for my resume,” much like I’d been viewing all leadership opportunities up until this point, and dived into applying. Amazingly, I was accepted. I approached SLS with heavy hesitation and I had no idea that this program would have such an everlasting effect on me. I remember the first day following the seminar because I walked back to my residence hall and immediately called my mom. I cried over how I had never before experienced such a loving, fun, and trusting environment like the Center for Leadership & Social Change. I chatted about my intent to join all these new organizations, do community service, and help out those that are in need. My mother told me, “Well, I guess you found your niche!” and she could not have been more right. Learning leadership techniques that propelled me into my freshman year, making lifelong friendships, and growing on a personal level are just some of the many wonderful, life changing benefits I got out of participating in SLS. I have grown into the kind of leader I would want to follow, developed how I approach and help the communities I’m apart of, and flourished with the support of my fellow participants. SLS without a doubt allowed me to blossom into the adult I’d hoped I’d be, and will forever be the pinnacle of my college experience.
If this sounds interesting to you and your student we strongly encourage them to apply online at http://thecenter.fsu.edu/Programs/Service-Leadership-Seminar. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at email@example.com or call 850-645-6856!
Written by Asya Owens, Sophomore
Tallahassee is great city for activities not only for college students, but also family members. The city boasts past times for all to enjoy including food, nature, entertainment, and even something for the history buffs!
- If you want to eat like the locals try some of these great locations:
- Gordos Authentic Cuban Cuisine
- Momo’s Pizza
- If you want to connect with your inner botanist check out:
- The Tallahassee Museum
- Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
- Cascades Park
- Lake Ella Park
- If you get a little bored and are looking for a pick-me up go to:
- First Friday at Railroad Square
- Theatre Tallahassee
- Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
- If you are in search of connecting with the reach history of Tallahassee visit:
- The Florida Historic Capitol Museum
- Museum of Florida History
- The New Capitol Building
Tallahassee has a lit bit of something for everyone and will keep your student entertained while they attend college and you during visits with your students.
Written by Sabrenia Kelley-Lewis
The Health and Wellness Center, it’s more than just a clinic
Its official, the cold and flu season is upon us! Many students have already begun to experience the pitfalls of the winter season in Tallahassee. If your student should need to seek medical attention does he/she know how to access available services on campus? In our spotlight this month we will explore FSU’s state of the art Health and Wellness Center and the myriad of programs and services that they offer to the FSU campus community.
The Health and Wellness Center is a beautiful contemporary 170,000 square-foot comprehensive advanced medical facility dedicated to treating the “whole person’ in every student. The Health and Wellness Center is a progressive health care program that offers Primary, Women’s, Psychiatric, Specialty and Triage Care in addition to a Travel Clinic. The Health and Wellness Center was born out of a dire need to address the student population growth that was outpacing the University Health Center’s ability to effectively serve the campus community. FSU University Health Director, Lesley Sacher states that during 2003 the University Health Services provided medical appointments for 62, 431 campus community members compare that to 72, 909 campus community members served in 2015 boasting a 10,478 person visit increase. It was this growth that necessitated a revised mission for FSU’s campus health services. The current mission of the Health and Wellness Center is to “promote, restore and maintain health and wellness for the FSU campus community.” This mission is achieved in the quality and compassionate medical care provided to every patient by the staff, married with engaging prevention, education and wellness programs seeking to encourage students to ‘make healthy lifestyle decisions that lead to life-long health and wellness.” So now that we have background on the University Health Services, let’s jump right in and explore what you need to know about accessing services at the Health and Wellness Center.
The Health and Wellness Center serves students that demonstrate the need for immediate medical attention on a walk-in basis through their Triage Clinic. Students who may be unsure whether they are in need of an immediate medical appointment can visit the Triage Clinic to speak with a Registered Nurse for medical and appointment advisement. For routine services the Health and Wellness Center requires students make a scheduled appointment. Students can call 850.644.4567 to schedule an appointment during the Health and Wellness Center’s regular hours of Monday – Thursday, 8:00am – 5:00pm and Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm. The Health and Wellness Center is closed on Saturday and Sunday. For easy to access additional information about medial services provided at the Health and Wellness Center including students that may need specialized care or those with diagnosed chronic illnesses, visit their Health Services information page in the University Health Services Orientation Handbook. The Handbook provides a wealth of additional health care services information for parents and students including Vaccinations, Psychiatric, Pharmacy, Specialized Care, Dental Care, Chiropractic, Lab Services and Diagnostic Imaging,. The Handbook lists Emergency and After Hours facilities including off-Campus Clinics and medical facilities in the surrounding community available for students when the Health and Wellness Center is closed. Additionally parents and students can access important information about the billing and payment process for health services and the procedures for medical billing assistance.
I would be remised if I failed to remind you that the Health and Wellness is not just a place to heal your body. You may recall the mention of education and prevention services also being available at the Health and Wellness Center. The Center has seven classroom spaces utilized by students on a daily basis; additionally there are research laboratories, workout classes and equipment, physical therapy and athletic training services. As a practice the Health and Wellness Center partners with university programs to provide Health Promotion and Prevention Services. The Health and Wellness Center recognizes that students are the greatest asset in health advocating. Through programs like Healthy Noles, MARC, and Vox students can get involved and make an impact in the health of the campus community.
The campus community at FSU is quite fortunate to have a first class health care system with programs and services that make students their primary focus. “We dreamed about a facility that would promote a sense of well-being and that would address a student’s intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual development,” Sacher stated in a recent Florida State 24/7 article. Ms. Sacher I am happy to report, mission accomplished!
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
With the final 100 days until commencement upon us, it is time for all of our graduating seniors and terminal degree students to begin to prepare for the completion of their Florida State experience.
While students are beginning to check off their FSU “lasts” (last first day of the semester, last time studying in Strozier library, last time visiting their advisor, etc.) they will also begin begin checking off their important Graduation “to-dos.” One of the important to-dos for students is ordering their Florida State University Ring.
The Florida State University Ring is a timeless, tangible symbol of the bond between all FSU graduates and the institution that contributed so much to shaping their future. The FSU Ring is worn with the torches facing you until commencement when you may turn your ring so that the torches face outward to the world.
Graduates are invited to participate in one of FSU’s rich traditions, the President’s Ring Ceremony on March 24, 2016 in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. That evening, each student will receive a copy his/her photograph taken individually with the president. After receiving their ring from the President at this ceremony, all students will be invited to ‘dip’ their FSU Ring into Westcott Fountain at 6:51pm (18:51 in honor of the year FSU was founded). We hope you will join us!
Be sure to order your student’s ring by February 5, 2016 if they would like to participate in this special FSU tradition. A representative from Balfour, the FSU Ring Company, will be on campus February 1-3, 2016 in the FSU Bookstore. You can also order your ring online at: http://www.balfour.com/fsu/
Important Graduation Dates/Deadlines:
January 28th – Seminole Futures Career Fair
February 5th at Midnight – Last chance to order an FSU Class Ring
February 1st-3rd – Grad Fair at FSU Bookstore for Cap and Gown and Class Ring orders
March 11th – Cap and Gown Orders due
To make sure your student is prepared for their Florida State graduation, make sure to check: https://commencement.fsu.edu/ for all of the important dates and deadlines.