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Spring Break has a negative reputation due to movies and reports on the news; however, your student may make the choice of most first-year students, which is to return home. Few first-year students have the financial means to go to a tropical location. Should your student choose to go to a popular Spring Break spot such as Florida, Mexico, or the Caribbean, please remind them of the extreme risks of underage drinking (alcohol poisoning) and sexual activity under the influence of alcohol or drugs (increased risk for STDs and acquaintance rape). The student should be encouraged to make safe and healthy choices.
Mid-term examinations are in March. It is important for parents to discuss academic progress with their student. Many students have gaps in their learning that can be creatively and successfully addressed, and it is imperative to decipher whether those gaps originate from emotional, social, intellectual, and/or organizational difficulties.
Students start to make plans for living arrangements and roommates for the next academic year.