December Family Newsletter: Recharge during winter break
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December 2019

Recharge During Winter Break

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Winter break is an important time to reconnect with your student. It gives them a chance to share what they’ve learned and how they’ve grown during the last semester, to plan for future success, and to just be together.

It’s important to support your student during the break, especially if they’re returning home after their first semester at Humboldt State.

Talk and Listen Your student might have some hard times. Talk with them about the challenges of their semester. Listen to their concerns and steer them toward constructive ways of dealing with roommate, social, or academic issues. Understand they are transitioning into adulthood and their place in the family structure may be changing. But don’t forget to talk about the good too—new friends, professors, and accomplishments, as well as future goals.

Encourage Winter break is a time when many students may feel like they can’t continue with college. It helps them to hear from you that you’re proud of them and they’re doing a good job. Talk with your student about their school year. What study, writing, and testing strategies worked for them? Which didn’t? Help them identify study habits and partners, as well as academic resources they can use to excel in the spring. Learning how to learn is one of the most important parts of college.

Negotiate Your student has gotten used to some independence (and you have too, probably). Negotiate about expectations and don’t expect to fall back into the routine you had before they left home. Your student is probably going to want to pack in a lot over their break, including visiting old friends.

A time to rest Your student is going to be tired from the semester. They may need to sleep a lot and recuperate. Try to be understanding and encourage them to have the down time they need to regain their energy.

Reminder: Apply for Financial Aid

Submit your Financial Aid Application for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic school year. It isn't too late to apply and receive aid for the current 2019-2020 academic school year. Submit your Financial Aid Application as soon as possible. If you or your student need assistance, please call (707) 826-4321 or (866) 255-1390 or stop by the second floor of the Student Business Services building. We're happy to help!

Winter Break

Final exams begin Monday, Dec. 16, and it's not too early to start planning for transportation. Classes will resume Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

For more information about traveling to HSU, including driving directions and transit availability, visit Travel to HSU.

To learn more about rideshares and campus car rentals see our parking website section about Alternate Transportation.

Weather can be unpredictable during this time of year, so please be sure to check road conditions and weather reports before you or your student travels.

Winter Wishes

Forever Humboldt is honored to once again organize and sponsor Winter Wishes, a program that helps staff, faculty, students, and local alumni sponsors buy gifts for more than125 local children in need.

Students can get involved by helping wrap gifts at one of our gift-wrapping parties: Monday, Dec. 9, 4-7 p.m. or Thursday, Dec. 12, 12-3 p.m. in Nelson Hall East 106. It's a wonderful way for them to help support the local community.

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Friday, Dec. 6
Geology Club Rock Auction

Saturday, Dec. 7
Calypso Band & Percussion Ensembles

December 13
Fall Grad Reception

December 16-20
Final Exams

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President Jackson’s Investiture Ceremony

Tuesday, Jan. 21
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