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Ask Deanie: Fall Breakout: An End of Term Checklist

ask-deanie-sm.jpgYikes! It is November already, and the Fall term is more than half over. Continuing enrollment is nearing; many upperclassmen have already re-registered.

Meeting and talking with one’s adviser is a very important step in the registration process. Students should “go prepared” to the meeting with their adviser – do not expect that he or she can read a student’s mind. A student should have a list of classes they are interested in taking, and they should have early thoughts about potential majors. If a student is interested in SMU study abroad, questions about classes offered at the various venues should be discussed with the adviser as well.

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Ask Deanie: The Homesick Blues

ask-deanie-sm.jpgThe “up and down” life of college students today is fascinating to watch. We all probably went through many of the same things our students are experiencing when we were 18 or 19 years old, but the feelings we had back then are gone from our memory bank. Left are only the visions of “the good times.” Little do we remember vividly about the sad times, the upset times, the “feeling blue” times.

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Ask Deanie: Ups and Downs are Normal the First Year

ask-deanie-sm.jpgFor students across the country at colleges and universities of all sizes, certain times in the academic year tend to be more challenging than others. Parents who understand the “ups and downs” of their student’s first year will be better equipped to help them negotiate the challenges they will face transitioning to SMU. Below are some very typical issues students face during their first year:

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Ask Deanie: Incoming! A Parent’s Checklist for First-Year Students

ask-deanie-sm.jpgThe start of school is an exciting time for new college students, but it can also be challenging as they make the transition. Here’s a checklist of things to do and discuss this summer before your student heads out.

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