Letting Grow Welcome back! January 2016 Welcome back! We hope that you had a fantastic holiday break, and were able to spend some quality time with your student. Leaving last year (and semester) behind, we hope that you and your student have had time to reflect on 2015; to learn from successes and to recognize opportunities for improvement. With the new year, new classes, and new opportunities, there are many things that you and your student can do to make 2016 a great year. Academic success offices As we dive into the first weeks of a new semester, it is always a good idea to check out the various academic success offices on campus. There are many different resources on campus, all of which are free, that can help your student succeed in the best way possible. Here are just some of the many: Holman Success Center: (G04 Halle, emich.edu/hsc) It’s always good to get ahead of the game in school, and Holman can provide the support to do just that. Holman Success Center offers tutoring, supplemental instruction, study tables, and even success coaches to make sure that your student is on the right track. University Writing Center: (115 Halle, emich.edu/uwc) Does your student need help editing a paper? Drafting an outline? Figuring out how to structure that research assignment? The UWC can assist with this and more. The UWC, located in Halle Library, can assist in any part of the writing process for your student. University Advising and Career Development Center: (200 McKenny Hall, emich.edu/uacdc) Is your student still not sure what they want to major in, or thinking about changing their major? The UACDC can advise your student and make them aware of their options here at EMU. They can even give a strengths assessment to help guide your student toward what they want to study, and to craft a career path. AGAIN WE WELCOME YOU BACK! Letting Grow January 2016 Renewing FAFSA: It’s that time of year again: all students receiving federal financial aid must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and FAFSA is now available for students receiving aid during the 2016-2017 academic year. To ensure that you are receiving the maximum aid possible, make sure that you apply by the appropriate deadlines. While the deadline for the FAFSA is June 30th, 2016, priority consideration for state aid programs is given to those students whose FAFSA is received at the federal processor by March 1st, 2016. If you have more questions about the deadlines, how to apply, or anything else related to Financial Aid, visit http://www.emich.edu/finaid/ or have your student visit ServiceEMU, located in the Student Center or McKenny Hall. New Student Orientation Assistant: Orientation Involvement Opportunity If your student is looking to be more involved going forward, wants to become more connected to campus, wants to make a ton of new friends, and likes free stuff, we have just the opportunity for them! As an NSOA, your student would lead groups of new students through First Four Orientation in September 2016. While it is a very fun experience, your student will also develop leaderships skills as a result of participation and training. If this is something that sounds like your student would enjoy, have them visit emich.edu/campuslife and click “Apply to be a New Student Orientation Assistant.” The deadline for applications is Friday, January 29th! No matter your student’s New Year’s Resolution, on EMU’s campus, we have many different ways to make that resolution a reality. Looking to become healthier? The Wellness Center and Rec/IM are here to help! Trying to get a higher GPA? They can reach out to their professors or go to the Holman Success Center for extra help. Trying to be less stressed about daily life? Counseling and Psychological Services is a free resource if your student needs someone to talk to. Wanting to become more involved? Campus Life has lots of student orgs and other ways of getting involved. KEEP IN TOUCH Please feel free to reach out to us via email at [email protected] or by phone at (734) 487-1208, with any quetions or suggestions. Follow us at facebooik.com/emufamilies to make sure you always hear the latest news and events. This is also a great resource to connect with other families with similar experiences.