Reality Check Fact #1:

Most PSU students “party” less than 2 nights each week (80%).

Fact taken from 2015 NH Higher Education on line Alcohol and Drug Survey at PSU


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Important Dates:

  • Veterans Day Holiday (no classes) – November 11
  • Thanksgiving Recess (no classes) – November 25-29
  • Classes resume – November 30 (8 a.m.)

Benchmarks and Potential Challenges

  • Stress of “catching up” in coursework may hit at this time. Increased alcohol consumption as a result of anxiety and peer pressure may be evident. Encourage your student, 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. Encourage your student to seek out special programs in yoga, meditation, and stress reduction activities 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 student 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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