Spring Break, Baby!

10 Mar

After weeks of hitting the books and acing exams, it’s finally time to relax. Spring break is right around the corner and the kids can smell the ocean water and sand already! Spring break is the perfect time to have fun and enjoy the world without having to worry about the next homework assignment lurking around the corner. Unfortunately, with this also comes every loved ones’ concerns about safety for their students during such an exciting time of year and students’ potential stress about preparing for summer and fall registration.

College students understand pretty well the importance of staying safe during spring break, especially if they know they’re traveling. However, there’s nothing like a reminder of some basic advice in order to keep the information fresh in their minds. It’s always better to travel in groups and to stay with people you know if you’re in an unfamiliar area. For those who are traveling out of the country, the smartest choice is to keep near the tourist areas and away from unsupervised places. Keeping a fully charged cell phone on hand is the best way to ensure that there’s a way to contact friends or another person in case of an emergency. One of the best ways to do this is to charge the cell phone before leaving the hotel and to carry a portable charger. Cell phones are great for writing down important addresses and phone numbers to hotels, local police, etc. Spring break is one of the most fun times of the year for a lot of college students, but too many times you hear of students being injured or in trouble in the midst of blowing off some steam.

But even if spring break traveling isn’t at the top of your student’s to-do list, school usually is. Mid-March is usually the time when students begin to look at summer classes and even upcoming fall semester courses. One of the biggest issues students have with this is not being able to register to begin with. If there is a balance on your student’s account, UAccess may not allow your student to register for new classes. This can always be taken care of by simply paying off what is due or stopping by the financial aid office to speak to someone about options. This is also a good time for students to visit their advisors to make sure they’re on track with their major or to make modifications to their declared or perhaps undeclared field of study.

With only three months left in the school year, things can get pretty hectic pretty quickly. It’s best to take care of things sooner rather than later in case any surprises come up along the way. Either way, don’t hesitate to check in with your student on these topics and to remind them about safety during the break.

May you and your student have a safe and fun-filled spring break!

-Diana

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