Friday, August 22, 2014

A Week of Events

Next Monday starts the events that could shape your student's life.  The Wet Feet Retreat begins on Monday and we are very excited for the 75 students that have signed up to join us.  It will three days of fun and leadership. 

Black & Gold Beginnings start next Saturday after move-in.  There are host of activities to keep students busy, residents and commuters alike.  It is important for commuter students to take part in Black & Gold Beginnings.  This is a way for them to meet folks and start to form friendships and bonds with the members of their class.  It can be intimidating but the upperclass Black & Gold Beginnings Team Leaders will be around to assist in the transition.  The student has to be willing to step forward and take a chance.  Plus, there meals are included until the first official meal on Monday morning. 

Encourage your student to dive in and start making the most of their college career.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Living on campus ...

The excitement and tension is building to a fever-pitch at this point in the summer.  Students living on campus have received their room and roommate assignments.  They have made some form of contact with one another, most likely through FaceBook.  Perhaps a phone call or an email was made.

I caution your students from making snap judgements about their roommates based on these brief social media encounters.  Until you can meet someone face-to-face and look them in the eyes you have no idea what that person is like.  Basing characterization on someones FaceBook page is not fair to them.  Many folks (especially teenagers) use their site as a form of self-expression but present very differently in person. 

I would also caution that roommates do not have to be best friends, they just have to be able to live together and respect one another.  Not all roommates will click personally as friends, but will be able to share a living space.  I had two roommates my first year and I clicked with one and not the other, but we were all able to respect one another and the space we had. 

If for some reason the roommates absolutely don't get along (after some effort and at least working with their RA), the room change period starts two full weeks after classes start.  It is difficult to move in the fall because the residence halls are very full.  It is most often a body-for-body swap with someone else looking for a change.  There are rarely open spaces for folks to just move to.  So while they may not be happy in their living space, they may have to stick it out for awhile until something is available. 

Keep these things in mind as your student laments the fact that they don't like their roommate.

Friday, August 8, 2014

4 Weeks to go...

There are four weeks until the start of the semester at FSU.  Your student is excited and anxious at the same time.  Books are available in the Follett Bookstore at this time, if the faculty member has submitted their book requests. 

If you live local you are more than welcome to come to campus and purchase your books from the store in person.  The hours for the month can be found at this link:

It is sometimes easier to come in during the month of August and shop because it is not very busy and you can get specialized attention as this is the first time your student will be purchasing books. 

You are also welcome to shop for your books online at the Follett website:

Whether shopping online or in store it is very important that your student have the course schedule they received at orientation in June or print a schedule from their myFramingham account if things have changed due to Placement retakes or AP scores being submitted.  The most current schedule is the best.  The bookstore DOES NOT have access to student schedules. For each class you will need the 4-letter course designation (ex. ECON, BIOL, ENGL, etc), the course number (101, 140, etc), and the section number (001, 002, 003, etc).  Having the proper section number is very important. Different sections of the same class have different professors and therefore different book requirements.

Make sure to keep all receipts until your student has gone to the first class to make sure they have the proper book(s).  If the book is shrink-wrapped it is imperative that the wrap NOT be removed until your student is certain they have the proper book.  Once the shrink-wrap is removed a refund is not possible.  Shrink-wrap usually implies that there is a computer disk or something technological included with the book. 

There are many platforms on which to get textbooks including, traditional hard copy new or used, paperback new or used, rental, or ebook if available.  Your student should choose the best option for them, which isn't always the cheapest.

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Open Forum

Hi Everyone,

I know the dogs days of summer are wearing you down.  The summer is flying by quickly, bills were due today and there are just 6 weeks until the first day of class.  How did the time fly by so quickly?

It is at this point when I know you start to forget all that we discussed in June and probably have some lingering questions out there that are just waiting to be answered.  I will open this blog up as an Open Forum to ask those questions.  Please feel free to ask. 

Those of you who wanted to be a part of the Parent Advisory Group will be getting an email from Dean Stoops in a few days, and I am hard at work to make this video for Black & Gold Beginnings.  Your students will be so proud of you, based on what I've seen.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gentle Reminders

Hello Everyone,

As the summer marches on and the temperature continues to rise I just want to give you some gentle reminders that will help you this month.

  • Please submit your health forms to Health Services and your Housing Application to Residence Life and Housing, your student's room assignment is contingent upon these forms being submitted.
  • Collegiate Link is ready to accept registration for the Wet Feet Retreat and various events at Black & Gold Beginnings.  They are all on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the sooner you register the better.
  • Make sure that all promissory notes signed and outside scholarship information has been submitted to the Financial Aid office.
  • If your student needs to adjust their schedule in some way due to sports or some other legitimate reason (not too early, work, etc.).  That can be done starting July 15th by stopping by CASA or call at 508.626.4540.
  • The resident parking wait list will go live on July 14th on the University Police website and follow their instructions.
I hope these reminders are helpful to you as the scorching temperatures make you weak!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Student Bills are Available

Hello Dedicated Parents,

I hope you enjoyed your time at Parent Orientation over the past couple of weeks and are ready to get down to business.  Today is the day that each student received an email from Student Accounts stating that their Fall 2014 bills were available to view on myFramingham. 

They will need to log in to my Framingham to view their individual bill. If you are the one paying this bill they should authorize you to have the ability to see the bill as well.  You learned how to do that during orientation. 

All bills are due on July 22, 2014.  If you have a problem with this date please don't hesitate to call Student Accounts at 508.626.4514 to discuss your options.  If there is financial aid that is not included on your bill and should be, you should call Financial Aid at 508.626.4537. 

For those of you using Tuition Management Service (TMS) don't hesitate to contact them with any questions you may have as well.

I wish you all good luck and a Happy Fourth of July!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Welcome to the First-Year Parents Blog for the Class of 2018!

I hope you all enjoyed your Parent Orientation experience, and are prepared to get your student ready to "take the plunge" on August 30th.  Thank you for your participation in the video that the Dean and I created to show to your students during Black & Gold Beginnings.  I am sure that they will be ecstatic to see your smiling faces on the big screen.

This space will be used to update you on aspects of your students experience at FSU. Your first order of business is to have a discussion with your student about what you both learned and experienced while you were at the University in the past two weeks. Together, you should take a look at the materials that each of you received and make sure all necessary paperwork has been submitted or is in process so that there are no delays in terms of health forms, housing applications, etc.

Your student will receive an email to their student email account (all official University business will be sent to this account) on July 2, 2014, informing them that the tuition bill for Fall 2014 is now available on myFramingham. It is important that you both look it over and make sure that all financial aid has been applied. If you have a question about your bill in general you can call Student Accounts at 508.626.4514; if there is a problem with a schloarship, grant, or loan being applied to your bill you should contact Financial Aid at 508.626.4537. It is important that you pay your bill by the due date. Failure to pay by that time may result in a loss of housing and classes for the fall semester.

Feel free to use the blog to ask general questions and have a conversation with each other through the comments section.

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