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It’s Not Too Late!

April 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

Michigan Tech's Outdoor Adventure Program is a great way for your students to get outside and stay active

Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program is a great way for your students to get outside and stay active

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! Campus has been busy here as projects, presentations, exams, and homework assignments are getting squeezed in these last few weeks of the semester. This period between spring break and finals week can be a doozy for a lot of students. Keep sending them good thoughts and energy as they push through to the end!

As we begin to finish up this semester, there are a few things we have to start thinking about for next year. The Online Roommate Matching program for new students begins on Wednesday, April 1 and will go through Saturday, May 30. Incoming students for the 2015 – 2016 academic year, who have already completed their housing applications, will be able to log on to begin their roommate matching process. Students will be able to create a profile and search other student profiles to find a suitable roommate for next year. You may remember your own students completing this process last year! On August 1, students will be able to log back in to MyMichiganTech to see details about the room assignment.

Although the end of the semester is in sight, it’s still not too late for students to find employment for the summer. If your student didn’t get an internship or co-op at the Career Fair this year, they can still check out HuskyJobs as positions continue to be posted. HuskyJobs is an online job-posting site where local and nation-wide job opportunities are listed for students to apply to. These jobs range from general employment, internships, co-ops, and even full time positions! It’s not too late for your student to take advantage of some of these opportunities to gain experience and enhance their resume and leadership skills.

It’s also not too late for students to get extra help in their courses this semester. We have over 15 learning centers on campus ranging from subjects such as Math and Chemistry, to First Year Engineering, Computer Science, Business and Economics, Technology Tutoring and even Academic Success! These learning centers are staffed with student coaches who are experts in their field that can help students in a walk-in setting, group study session, or a one-on-one appointment. The best part about the learning centers on campus is that because they’re staffed with students, the instruction that they give is much more relatable, and it can be less intimidating than visiting a professor one-on-one (although that can also be extremely helpful!). Learning centers are a great way to not only helping your students catch up in a course, but to stay ahead and remain on track. For more details about each of the learning centers we offer on campus, please visit the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success Website.

Don’t forget about some of the other important campus resources we have here as well. If your student feels as though he/she are getting too overwhelmed with the stress and anxiety that may come with the end of the semester, please encourage them to visit Counseling Services. Counseling Services is staffed with licensed professionals to help your students with a wide variety of challenges, ranging from test anxiety, stress, depression, academic problems, and even social skills. In addition, the Outdoor Adventure Program and Wellness can also be great resources for your students to utilize this time of year! The Outdoor Adventure Program strives to get students, faculty, and staff outside to enjoy the beautiful and natural environment that we all live in. They offer equipment rentals for items such as kayaks, camping equipment, hammocks, and mountain bikes, and offer clinics and seminars to help build skills in various outdoor activities. Wellness is designed to help students and faculty stay healthy within the Seven Dimensions of Wellness: Social Wellness, Emotional Wellness, Spiritual Wellness, Financial Wellness, Occupational Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, and Physical Wellness. They offer workshops and clinics on a wide variety of topics including nutrition and healthy eating habits, lifetime fitness, alcohol education,  and even study skills. These resources are fantastic ways to help make sure your students stay happy and healthy.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about any of the resources I mentioned or the upcoming events, or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. Until next week!

-Valerie