Monthly Glance

A Monthly Glance at Issues Facing Plymouth State University First-Year Students and Families (2017-2018)

Given that university life provides a special venue for learning about oneself and one’s interests, families are encouraged to explore these opportunities as well. Family members hope, in full earnest, that they have imparted all of the wisdom to their child that is necessary for her/him to be a whole, productive, and ultimately happy adult. […]

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August 2019

Important Dates Panther Days – August 22-25 Fall 2019 Classes Begin – August 26 Benchmarks and Potential Challenges Discuss issues regarding alcohol and drug abuse and misuse, sex and safety. Feel free (perhaps for the first or the final time before they leave for college) to make your wishes known to your student and offer […]

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September 2019

Important Dates Labor Day Holiday (no classes) – September 2 Student Activities Fair – Usually during first week of semester; check HUB web site for exact date Benchmarks and Potential Challenges Try to recall the times when your student was forging new pathways of independence in their past (for example, kindergarten, driver’s license). Use these […]

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October 2019

Important Dates: Homecoming and Family Celebration – October 4-6 Indigenous People’s Day (no classes) – October 14 Spring 2019 Registration begins – October 28-November 1 Benchmarks and Potential Challenges Emphasize issues of time management and study skills. If they are falling behind, encourage them to re-connect with their academic advisor. Faculty members also have available […]

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November 2019

Important Dates: Veterans Day Holiday (no classes) – November 11 Thanksgiving Recess (no classes) – November 27-December 1 Classes resume – December 2 (8 a.m.) Benchmarks and Potential Challenges Stress of “catching up” in coursework may hit at this time. Increased alcohol consumption as a result of anxiety and peer pressure may be evident. Encourage […]

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December 2019

Important Dates: Classes Resume from Thanksgiving Recess- December 2 (8am) Final Exam Week – December 9-13 Early Spring Term – December 30-January 17 Benchmarks and Potential Challenges End of the semester anxiety regarding academic performance and concern over finals is paramount. This is perhaps the last chance to save one’s grade in one or many […]

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January 2020

Important Dates: Early Spring Term  – December 30-January 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no classes) – January 20 Spring Semester Begins– January 21 Student Activities Fair – Usually during first week of semester; check HUB web site for exact date Benchmarks and Potential Challenges The home needs to be flexible to accommodate your student’s vacillating […]

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February 2020

Important Dates: Graduation Application Deadline for May 2020- February 7 Winter Carnival – February 10-14 Ski Day (no day classes)- February 12 Benchmarks and Potential Challenges Students often exhibit far less strain with the start of spring semester. There is a “honeymoon” period when the students have a renewed energy for classes and friendships. This […]

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March 2020

Important Dates: Spring Break begins – March 6 (3:20pm) Classes Resume– March 16 (8am) Benchmarks and Potential Challenges Spring Break has a negative reputation due to movies and reports on the news; however, your student may make the choice of most first-year students, which is to return home. Few first-year students have the financial means […]

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April 2020

Important Dates: Registration for Summer/Fall 2020- April 6-10 Benchmarks and Potential Challenges The arrival of spring can bring excitement. Remind your student of safety issues as outdoor activity increases. Mention to adult/child that summer job opportunities can be explored at this time and internships are a valuable adjunct to working in order to gain specific […]

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May 2020

Important Dates: Spring Fling – Usually the first weekend in May Final Exam Week – May 4-8 Benchmarks and Potential Challenges Some students experience “Spring Fever” and have a hard time concentrating on studying because of good weather. At the same time, the student may stress over finals, grades, the anticipation of leaving friends, finding […]

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