Over 50% of PSU students report having 4 or fewer drinks each week, if they drink at all.
Fact taken from 2009 NH Higher Education on line Alcohol and Drug Survey at PSU.
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Thanksgiving Recess (no classes) – November 26 – 30
Benchmarks and Potential Challenges
Stress of “catching up” in coursework may hit at this time. Increased alcoho consumption as a result of anxiety and peer pressure may be evident. Encourage your son/daughter, if overwhelmed, to ask for help and emphasize that they are not alone.
Health issues such as cold and flu may begin to spread. Your student can make an appointment at Health Services should they need medical attention. Persuade the student to seek out special programs in yoga, meditation, and stress reduction through the Wellness Center in order to increase immunity to disease and reduce anxiety.
Parents may need to adjust to changes made (hair, makeup, style, food preferences, establishing own schedule, etc.) when your student visits during Thanksgiving break. Stay flexible and be prepared to negotiate new rules while your son or daughter is home. They may just want to “veg out,” eat, and see friends.
Roommate issues may continue.
Provide support and encourage responsibility and follow-through for the rest of the semester.
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