Reality Check Fact #2

Over 50% of PSU students report having 4 or fewer drinks each week, if they drink at all.

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

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April

Benchmarks and Potential Challenges

  • The arrival of spring can bring excitement. Remind your student of safety issues as outdoor activity increases.
  • Mention to adult/child that summer job opportunities can be explored at this time and internships are a valuable adjunct to working in order to gain specific experience in a certain area of interest (for example, work for a radio station, law office, or corporation).
  • April can be a difficult month due to a lack of motivation to excel in the final leg of the academic year. Encourage your student to liven up their routine with new strategies and stick with it.

 

May

Important Dates:

  • Spring Fling – Usually the first weekend in May
  • Final Exam Week – May 15-19
  • Commencement – May 20

Benchmarks and Potential Challenges

  • Some students experience “Spring Fever” and have a hard time concentrating on studying because of good weather.
  • At the same time, the student may stress over finals, grades, the anticipation of leaving friends, finding summer jobs, and a lack of money. Continue to be the caring ear to their worries and ask what you can do to help.
  • Families need to reflect on their expectations regarding maturity, independence and autonomy and prepare for the transition of the return of their student. Adjusting to your student’s newfound independence may require more flexibility on your part and clear reasons for any limitations.
  • Prepare the student for and arrange for packing up and moving out.