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No need for the tape measure.

According to Lauren Keeling, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission, this time of summer inevitably brings questions from incoming parents and students regarding Residence Hall specifics: dimensions of rooms and amenities. Further, some families have even requested to stop in and formally survey a future room. Lauren explains that coming to campus and personally surveying a student’s potential room is not typically an option because most rooms are currently occupied by those participating in summer courses and programming on campus.

In lieu of seeing a room in person, we have several online resource provided for those of you who want to help your future Knight iron out the details. Though, extremely meticulous planning probably isn’t necessary. Remember, the living environment is important, but it must serve the function of enhancing the student’s educational experience. Here are some resources provided by Admissions and the Department of Residence Life to help you and your student logistically plan for the move.

Amenities broken down by hall are here. It is worth noting that all halls/rooms include: carpet, AC/heat, wireless internet, twin XL beds, desks/chairs, closet/wardrobes, vending/ice machines, recreational areas, study areas, lounges with TVs, study spaces, computer labs, microwaves, refrigerators, and laundry facilities. All halls, as well as campus, are smoke free.

While you’re at the link above, you can click on each hall and see a photo of a student room. This will give you a good idea of how much “stuff” will fit. There are many more photos of the halls (including a bathroom in Siena Quarto), in this album on the Bellarmine Admissions facebook page.

Remember to keep things in perspective– you’re only planning for 10 months, not a lifetime.

  • Collaborate with the roommate(s) to see if some items are sharable. Roommate assignments have been mailed to students’ home addresses.
  • Wait until everything is moved in to buy extras. There is only so much space!
  • If possible, have your son or daughter live for a few weeks to see what is truly needed. Labor day weekend is a good time to stock up if needed.

Finally, Residence Life publishes a handy Move-in Guide that outlines the specifics of moving into a Bellarmine Residence Hall, from checking in as a family on August 16, to your student living with a roommate, to safety and security.

Happy packing!

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The final reason it rocks to be a parent of a sophomore…

You already know precisely what to do with the vacant space left in your home!




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It still rocks to be a parent of a sophomore because…

There is no need for you to learn a new language. Galileo, Pioneers, Brown, ARC, UDH, Focus, K-new, Sienas, and Anni are already part of your vocabulary.



Anniversary Hall (“Anni”)


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Next reason it rocks to be a parent of a sophomore….

Students now have so many Bellarmine t-shirts, the amount of laundry they’ll bring home is drastically reduced.

Thanks Jean Marie Smith and Eric for your comments and contributions on the last post. Keep them coming! Why do you think it rocks to be a parent of a sophomore?


Top reasons it rocks to be a parent of a BU sophomore!


You’ve gotten really good at saying “Have you tried contacting X?” In response to calls about issues with registration, roommates, maintenance, food, professors.

Parents, what do you think? Why does it rock to be a parent of a sophomore? We’ll post our list over the next few days, but we want your contributions too! Post them as comments here. If we get enough submissions, we can take a poll for the best


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You Can’t Pick This Up at Wal-Mart: Five Ways to Prepare for Bellarmine This Summer


1. Finances

All incoming students should have access to their finalized Financial Aid Package and fall 2014 semester bill from the Bursar. These are accessible via my.bellarmine.edu (Student Tab, My Account Information).  If you and your future Knight haven’t already had “the talk,” now would be a good time to discuss finances and budgeting: How much will your student contribute to costs while attending Bellarmine? After graduation? What minimum grades are needed to maintain scholarships? If your student plans to working during summers and/or the academic year, help him or her craft a practical budget that meets everyone’s needs.

2. Time Management

Managing one’s time is a big hurdle for all new college students. Typical high school schedules are laid out in consecutive blocks. Parents typically play a major role in ensuring their kids arrive on time to school and extra-curriculars. So, most high school students have not been responsible for micromanaging days, weeks, and months. This summer it might be helpful to encourage your future Knight to take some personal initiative and begin developing independence. For instance, let your son or daughter use an alarm to get up and, if necessary, learn about the consequences of mismanaging time over the summer before possibly moving away where you won’t be there to monitor.

3. Social Life

Second to questions about residence hall furnishings are parents’ concerns about future freshmen spending what seems like an overwhelming amount of time with high school friends throughout the summer. Instead of fretting over the amount of time you don’t see your son or daughter, concentrate on the moments you do see him or her. Take advantage of those daily, seemingly inconsequential, interactions. Understand that these young adults are probably just coping with the big changes by holding on to the familiar. You also may consider initiating a day trip or a family night and involve your future Knight in on the planning: What do you want to do?

4. D.I.Y.?

Can your son or daughter do laundry? Sometimes the clichés are just true, so if you’ve never actually seen it happen, it might be possible that your pride and joy doesn’t really know what goes in to sorting, choosing detergent, and selecting cycles. You know your son’s or daughter’s skills better than anyone, so take a minute to inventory some of the indispensable, yet overlooked, life skills and determine what you can teach this summer.

5. Academics

There isn’t a lot that students can do during the summer to prepare academically—most of it was sweated out in high school. Some advise that students read certain books (which certainly wouldn’t be frowned upon!); however, the most basic way students can prepare is by looking over their class schedule in relation to their major and Bellarmine’s General Education requirements. Students should understand what function each class plays—gen. ed, major requirement, or elective. If students have questions about their schedule or want to inquire about a change, they should contact the Academic Resource Center and ask speak with an advisor. In addition, summer is a good time to do a little research about majors and areas of interest. For example, job shadowing lets one see a day in the life of a career. Before college even begins, students might realize a certain career path isn’t for them. It may also be beneficial for students to set some academic and social goals for the first few weeks of college.  For instance, “I will stay caught up with all of my assigned reading, and I will make an effort to join a club or organization.”

In addition to snagging that perfect set of extra-long twin sheets, there is plenty that you and your family can do to prepare for Bellarmine. Remember, the staff in Student Affairs (orientation, student activities/organizations, counseling center, career development, residence life, and commuter center) and the Academic Resource Center (advising, learning communities, parent communication, Pioneer Scholars, and tutoring) are here to help you and your student along the way.

Cassie Book, Director of Parent Communication
Academic Resource Center

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Final Countdown?

Lately, I’ve seen various BU countdowns.

Students are proclaiming the end on Twitter:






Even the Sports, Recreation, and Fitness Center (SuRF) is reminding students there’s not much time left:


The Writing Center got on the bandwagon:


You may have even spoken to your student about how “close the end of the semester ” is. The point I want to make is that although students seem to be keenly aware that the number of “class days” remaining can be counted on one hand, what they should be doing over the next week and a half until final exams might not be so clear.

Here’s how the rest of the semester plays out:


Another way to put it is: final exams begin next Friday, April 25. Some students have two major exams scheduled next Friday. Yikes! When your you speak to your student this week or see them over the long weekend, ask about preparation for finals: What is the game plan for completing the end of semester course work as well as beginning to tackle finals? When are exams scheduled?

It is not too late to create a plan of action for finals week. Only focusing on completing the semester can distract from the reality that studying for finals cannot wait until those “four days” of classes are complete. At that point, finals will be here.


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