Dear Parents and Families,
Hello CSU Parents and Family Members,
We hope you are well! We also can’t believe it’s April!! Hopefully, spring break equated to actual time for your student(s) to relax and re-charge for what we often describe as the busiest time of the academic year—April to early May. Hold on! This introduction is going to have quite a bit of information so we’ll give you some hints now on what to expect so you can scroll to what information works for you…Homecoming & Family Weekend 2016 date, Final Exam Info, Commencement Info, and students returning home after their first year.
- Homecoming & Family Weekend 2016 will be the weekend of October 6 to 8. Be sure to make travel/hotel arrangements soon – as prices will go up/availability may go down as we get closer to October! Our football team will be playing Utah State—go Rams! A specific schedule of events/programs to be released at a later date.
- Spring 2016 Final exams will be the week of May 9th. The schedule can be found here http://registrar.colostate.edu/academic-resources/final-exams/. Please remind your students that The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) can be a great resource for academic support - http://tilt.colostate.edu/learning/. Also, encouraging your student to touch base with professors – if there are academic performance concerns – is always a good idea. Finally, remember that your student can potentially request testing accommodations through Resources for Disabled Students at http://rds.colostate.edu/home.
- Spring 2016 Graduation/Commencement is Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15. It’s important to check-in with your student about their specific ceremony or ceremonies. Overall schedule can be found here: http://commencement.colostate.edu/. Important information re: parking, regalia, diploma covers, etc. can be found here: http://commencement.colostate.edu/graduation-day-f-a-q/
- Remind your student about the many services offered at The Career Center - https://career.colostate.edu/! Programs include Ram Career Tools, Ram Career Ready, Handshake, Career Communities and much, much more!
We hope all of you have a wonderful April as we move into spring!
Parent and Family Program Staff
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Important Upcoming March Dates
Happy Spring Rams! April is here! There are variety of events around campus to begin the ending of the school year! Beginning with the Rams Leading Rams for Liberal Arts event on April 5th; this is a conference opportunity for students to explore different topics in gaining confidence to utilize skills for the work environment. Students will also have a chance to build professional relationships with our very own CSU Alumni! To register or for more info go to career.colostate.edu, this is a great opportunity don’t miss out!
The Career Center is also hosting a Job and Internship Fair for students on April 6th from 4:30-7:30pm in the LSC Main Ballroom! Many community employers will be present who have large hiring needs! May be good timing for students who are in the search for summer positions!
Also throughout the month TILT will be hosting workshops focusing on strategies and attitudes for success and working well in teams. These could be highly valuable heading into the last stretch of the semester wrapping up group projects and beginning to prepare for finals! (Info: tilt.colostate.edu)
Although the signup deadline has passed, a big CSU Tradition is happening this month as well! CSUnity on April 16th! This is an event where thousands of students will participate in a one day volunteer opportunity serving the Fort Collins community!
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month is also in April! Many organization and center around campus are hosting community events throughout the month to celebrate!
Highlight events: April 7th “In Football We Trust” Screening, April 12th Conversational Hawaiian, April 21st
Key Note Speaker, April 22nd Indonesian Arts Performance
For a full list of event times and locations: http://www.apacc.colostate.edu/
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is also in April. The Women and Gender Advocacy Center supports programs to raise awareness throughout the month. The event "Take Back the Night" on April 28th 6:30 - 9:00pm begins in the LSC Sculpture Garden where those in attendance march to Old Town to raise awareness about sexual violence and create an atmosphere of empowerment. For a full list of event times and locations click here.
Other Events in April:
UCA Theatre Production Reefer Madness (Musical of the 1936 Propaganda film): Nightly beginning April 20th (tickets, etc. uca.colostat.edu)
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Coming Home After the First Year
If your student is returning home for the summer after completing their first year at CSU, we’d like to provide some helpful reminders/tips. First, don’t forget about the Parent and Family Programs Colorado State Parents & Families Facebook Group. This is a tremendous resource for parents and family members to raise questions and receive feedback from other parents and family members of CSU students. As we talk about in our Transitions program to parents and family members who attend summer orientation, your student’s decision to attend CSU is full of transitions for your student and for you as a parent/family member. Your student moving home after the first year can be yet another transition to prepare for. Have you began talking to your student about what summer back home might look like? What expectations do you have in terms of working, time together as a family, chores around the house, when your student should be home each night, etc.? What expectations does your student have about working, spending time with the family, completing chores around the house, when to be home at night, etc.?
Starting the summer without intentionally checking in with your student, as a family, about expectations, needs, etc. – can be a recipe for – maybe not disaster but potentially a number of challenges that could have been avoided.
Also, be prepared for your student to see things in a different way than what you have been used to. If you saw your student over winter break, you may have noticed some changes in terms of your student’s worldview, perspective on politics, ideas about what it means to be an adult, etc. With the summer, there’s the potential for all of you to be spending about three months together so be prepared for some “differences in perspective” that might take time to work through or might result in a “let’s just agree to disagree.” As young adults who are now in college, your students still have as their foundation, what they have learned from their family. But at the same time, they are now in a place to reflect on their past year (or half year) at CSU and might feel a need to see and act in ways that are different from what has been the norm in your home. Be prepared, try to be patient, and take time to listen to your student while also finding ways to share what you think and feel. In the end, we hope you truly enjoy summer with your student as there’s lots to catch up on, lots to look forward to, and watch out as it may go by too fast!!
Director of Parent & Family Programs
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As the end of the school year is approaching many students are beginning to look for jobs and internships.
The CSU Career Center is excited to announce the launch of the new Career Communities platform. Launched in January of 2016, Career Communities allows those interested to join a CSU-exclusive community of students, employers, and alumni to get insider information and advice to support their aspirations. Career Communities is ideal for a student looking for informal networking or a space to gather industry information that goes beyond what they are learning in their major courses.
Career Communities is an expansive network that allows students to connect both online and in-person about common job interests. Involvement is Career Communities is easy - post an article, plan a relevant event, connect and converse with others in the community, ask a question you're curious about, or explore other communities to see what's out there.
Other events in April from the CSU Career Center:
- "Just in Time" Job and Internship Fair: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 4:30 to 7:30pm; discuss full-time, part-time, and internship positions with employers who still have hiring needs or students who have not yet landed their internship or job after graduation
- IT Internships and Jobs with US Department of State: Friday, April 8, 2016 12:30-1:30pm; learn about the many opportunities avaliable to those in IT with the Department of State
- The Inside Scoop - Working at Google: Monday, April 11, 2016; hear from Google representatives seeking students from computing and technology academic majors (Computer Science, Applied Computing Technology, Math, Physics, Engineering, and CIS) - must register here.
- CSU Teacher Job Fair: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 8:00am-5:00pm
- Career Catalyst: A Community for Excellence Event: Friday, April 22, 2016 7:30am - 4:30pm; invite-only event for juniors and seniors within the Community for Excellence (RSVP required)
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Options for Storage at the End of the Semester
By Michael Shelhamer, Owner of College Student Storage, a RamFam Preferred Business Partner
*Note: We've had a lot of questions about storage options for students, we wanted to share a perspective from our RamFam Preferred Business Partner in an effort to help guide conversations about decisions on storage for students over the summer.
At the end of the school year, students living on campus have to move out of the residence halls. Many parents and families help their student with the move out process. For out of state students, many parents and families fly or drive in to help. This can be very expensive. Here are some of the costs out of state parents and families will incur
- Fly or drive to Colorado, so airfare or gas money and/or car rentals
- Hotel cost and meals
- Time off work, or you have to use vacation days
- Buying moving supplies
- Renting a storage unit, and buying a lock
- Moving items out of residence halls and to a storage unit
- Doing the whole process again in August when school starts back up
You can see how this process is expensive and exhausting for parents and families. Also, moving out of the residence halls is very stressful on your student during finals even if they have their own vehicle and are going to do it themselves.
Here are 2 main storage options for out of state parents and families to choose from for your student when they move out of their residence hall at the end of the school year.
- Renting a storage unit. This may be considered an affordable option, but it is important to consider other additional costs. Costs of supplies, moving items to and from the storage unit, etc. It is also important to consider the insurance options, or lack there of, for the storage facilities. It will be important to examine the insurance policies closely, to ensure your student's items are protected. Be aware of out door storage units! They often have loose doors and a lot of dirt and dust gets into the unit and all over your student's items (this happens often). Also, consider if the storage unit is climate controlled, sometimes in the summer temps can reach over 120 degrees daily in these units. Finally, students may rent a storage unit together to save money, again it's always important to consider the complications associated with numerous individuals sharing and using this space.
- Hire a moving and storage company. This can be your easiest option for sure for both the student and for parents and families, particularly if living out of state. It may seem that this option is more expensive, but if you add everything up and the time and effort that goes into the moving process from move out in May to move back in August, you might be surprised. I encourage you to take into account all costs for comparison. Ultimately, there are many varieties of moving companies and you should research who you choose.
There are moving and storage companies that cater directly to college students! Like College Student Storage (CSS), which includes packing materials delivered ahead of time, storage packages, and insurance all included for one rate. CSS also offers numerous other services like shipping, car storage, straight moving, freighting and much more for students. Many moving and storage companies don’t directly deal with students and charge moving and storage rates more in tune with customers who have full apartments or houses of items. Look out for those that charge you a moving rate minimum - many do 2 hours (on each end), even though to move your student it may take less than 30 minutes.
Hopefully this sheds some light on storage options and some insight into the moving and storage process at the end of the school year.
To connect with CSS about options for your student please call: (970) 482-1777
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Student Perspective - Study Abroad
In the Fall Semester of 2016 one of our wonderful Student Staff Interns studied abroad in Bilbao Spain. Below you will find her story detailing her initial decision to pursue study abroad as part of her CSU experience as well as her journey of self exploration along the way.
During the fall semester of 2015, I studied abroad in Bilbao, Spain. Before looking into education abroad programs, I didn’t know where Bilbao was let alone that it was in the Basque country; a part of Spain that’s very different than the rest of the country. The program I chose is called University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). I signed up for the program there because it had a school of business where I could take courses that fulfilled my Business Administration degree requirements. (I knew I wanted to go to Spain so this helped me narrow down my choices.) Because I didn’t know much about Bilbao before going, and no one in my family has been to Europe before, everything was a surprise and an adventure to me!
Going back to where it all started, I knew I wanted to study abroad since my freshmen year of college. I knew friends who had studied abroad and they told fascinating stories. It intrigued me to learn more and I knew I was going to go no matter what. I made plans during the second semester of my sophomore year to travel and study in the fall of my junior year. Fortunately, I started planning early in January for my departure in late August. I thought the application process would never end! There was A LOT of planning and so many steps to prepare to study in Spain. It was difficult too because my parents had never heard of anyone who studied abroad so they didn’t know how to help me. I had a phenomenal academic advisor who I would send at least one question each week, and he always responded within 24 hours with an answer. Another helpful resource were my friends who had already studied abroad in Spain. I asked them everything! Down to how many clothes I should pack or how the weather was at different times of year. Their experience definitely made my own better because they advised me on the “what to do’s” and the “what not to do’s”.
When I was there in Spain, it was like a fairy tale! Not only did I get to see the beautiful country of Spain but I was able to travel to seven other countries and I visited 20 different cities. I went to Paris, London, Barcelona, Morocco, Amsterdam and many more. Before departing to Spain, I didn’t think I was going to do all of that or see the places I did, but once I was there I discovered I was a new person. Everyone in my program was a stranger to each other at first, but we were all seeking adventure. I wanted to do everything! I wanted to try new things! My parents regularly asked me “Do you even go to school?” because I would rather talk about all the traveling I was doing rather than how my classes were going. What I really enjoyed about my school schedule in Spain was that I didn’t have classes on Fridays. This allowed me to buy cheaper flights leaving on Thursdays and I was able to spend 3-4 days in the destinations mentioned above.
I did study while I was in Spain, though, and it was amazing. Along with the friends I met, I would go to local cafes and drink our “café con leche” and eat delicious tapas while we did homework. Locals knew we were American because it wasn’t a “thing” to meet your classmates at a coffee shop and do homework! During popular times, we would eventually get kicked out because there would be so many customers who wanted to sit and drink their coffee. I tell you, Spaniards - they love their coffee and they love to socialize during siesta time! That is something I really appreciated about Spanish culture; that people take a lot of time from their day to be with friends.
If your student is considering studying abroad, I would recommend supporting that decision 100%! It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Studying abroad is an especially unique experience because you are surrounded by fellow students, immersed in a new culture, taking classes and exploring a part of the world new to you! My experience tells me there won’t be another opportunity quite like this one after I graduate from college. Now is the time where your student can make the most of an experience like this! While studying abroad I learned so many things; like how to be flexible and how to say yes to everything (mostly everything). Before going abroad, I was a very structured person who always had to plan ahead before doing something. But in Spain, I never knew what would happen next so it was crucial to just go with the flow. When your student goes abroad encourage them to be open and accepting to wherever life abroad takes them. Reflecting on the experience, I realize there will be few times in my life when I’ll be presented with the opportunity to live in a foreign country so I should definitely take advantage. My favorite experiences ended up being things that were never on my study-abroad bucket list. My advice is this: always go for it because you never know what joy these experiences may bring. There is nothing I regret from studying abroad… well yes there’s one thing that I would go back and do; I would stay a full year rather than a semester!
By Lorena Luna, current CSU Student
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Is your student graduating in May?
Celebrate your student's graduation with a unique and personalized ad in the Spring 2016 Graduation Edition of the Collegian (CSU's student-run and produced newspaper); for more information and a link to the image below click here.
Commencement Information: Celebrate your graduate!
If you have a student graduating in May … congratulations! This is a very exciting time for both you and your student. Since graduation will be here soon, we encourage you to talk with your student about ordering a cap and gown. The deadline to order is Sunday, April 3rd.
Grad Pack prices start at $43 and include:
- Cap, gown, and tassel rental
- Alumni Association Annual Membership
- 20% Diploma frame discount
To view additional Grad Pack options or to place an order, click here.
Still looking for the perfect graduation gift?
Your student will love to show their Ram Pride on the road with official CSU license plates. The Colorado Annual Grad Pack includes all items in the Annual Grad Pack, plus official CSU license plates!
Another idea might be a personalized brick placed at the new on-campus stadium - for more information about this opportunity, contact CSU Athletics at 844-RAM-BRIX or at this link here.
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