At the end of this third week, students are buckling in tight for a third semester, and already being asked to prepare themselves for the next academic year. They’ve barely recovered from the reeling emotions, rich treats, and extra poundage they gained over the long break, and we want them to hit the ground running; academically, financially, and socially, there are a lot of new things happening. Forunately, the students seem to be pretty good at transitioning this way. They’re renewed, fresh, focused, and now have a clear understanding of what a semester in college is like.
This week was out first FAT Thursday celebration. Formerly known as Declaration Day, FAT Thursday marks the day when students are transferred to an advisor in the department of their major, can find out who that advisor is, and can meet that person and other members of the department. In previous years, all this happened in Frazier Hall and students roamed aorund from table to table. This year, we divided them into groups by major, and they were escorted by an upperclassmen (in that major) to a separate room , where they met members of the department and chatted with them. Mardi Gras music was played, King cake was consumed, and, hopefully, your son or daughter got a bit excited about the path laid out before him or her. We had a really big turnout, and one of our goals this year was to allow the students to interact in a more meaningful way with their department, so let me know if you hear any feedback 🙂
This weekend is the big (BIG) game on CBS College Sports (look for me in the student section–I’m chaperoning–I’ll be the one screaming and cheering). Now, I realize that lately the press has been disparaging about the accuracy of the pre-season predictions about BU, and I’m not much of a sports fan, but I’m gonna stick with the Beach Boys on this one: “Be true to your school, just like you would to your girl or guy. Be true to your school, and let your colors fly.”
The week of Febraury 15th is Homecoming, with lots of great stuff planned for students, including a Monte Carlo Knight, the Homecoming dance, and of course, the Lady Knights and Knights homecoming B-Ball games. There’s something else very exciting in the works, that I mentioned last week, but I am duty-dound to keep lips zipped for just one more week.
The beginning of March will see your student in housing selection (check your newsletter for more info on that, too), and also filing the FAFSA (due March 15th. Those things will be important for next year, so now is a good time to make sure you’ve got all the information you need. If you don’t, please contact me, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or find the info in the newsletter.
In short, spring semester goes by pretty fast, and I can already see your students all around me, swept up in the momentum. If you, and they, can make sure to keep of all the milestones–both fun and serious–the year will close well, and create good feeling for next year’s potential.
Stay tuned next week to find out the BIG NEWS! Also next week, I’d really like to hear from you all–what’s it like to be a BU parent right now? Is there anything you’d like me to address/discuss? Let’s chat…
Jessica Hume, c/o 2005
Director of Writing and Parent Communications