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The official e-newsletter of the Pegasus Parent Program produced by First Year Experience through the Division of Student Success and Well-Being (SSWB) to keep parents, families, and support systems of new and current students up-to-date on the latest news and stories from the
University of Central Florida.

For You:

A Message From First Year Experience's
Pegasus Parent Program

Happy holidays Knights family!

It is already December! It's my favorite time of the year for many reasons: holiday decorating, family gatherings, Christmas movies, choosing a new planner for next year, and more! However, there are things to get done before we dive into the holiday spirit because the semester doesn't finish up until the second week of December. As a current UCF graduate student, I can relate to how students are feeling about their upcoming final exams and finishing up the semester. In fact, I am feeling both excitement and anxiety; there's a feeling of lots to do and not enough time to do it this time of year.

How is your student feeling? Are they excited to finish the Fall semester, or rather stressed about it?

If your student is finishing up their first semester at UCF, they might not be used to how final exams work or know how to best prepare. Students might feel excessive anxiety toward finals, are still looking for good study places, or need to meet with an academic advisor to discuss concerns for next semester. This leads to Winter Break being such a valuable time for students. Finishing a semester is not as easy as it looks, and students deserve some time to rest. However, the break also serves as a great time for you and your student to reconnect, share some quiality time, and have meaningful conversations before the start of another busy semester.

This month's featured post focuses on how to help students prepare for finals, conversations to have with your student over Winter Break, and other helpful resources. Click below to check it out and happy holidays from your UCF Pegasus Parent Program family!

Go Knights and Charge On,

Seoyon Kwon
Graduate Assistant, Parent & Family Programs 
First Year Experience
University of Central Florida 
Office: 407.823.5105
Click HERE to read more about how you and your student can wrap up the semester successfully!
Finals Survival Strategies for College Students

"Fortunately, with a little planning and some mindfulness, your student can make it through finals relatively unscathed. Here are seven suggestions ... to help them finish this year strong."

Winter Break Togetherness for Families of College Students

"If your college student is home for a few more weeks of winter break, though, you understandably want to spend meaningful moments together."

Leyes federales y la privacidad del estudiante

" Muchos padres vemos los años que nuestros hijos pasan en la universidad como una transición gradual de niños que dependen de nosotros a jóvenes adultos independientes. "

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For Your Student:

Final Exam Review at SARC's Study Union

The Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) and the Student Union are partnering together to present this Fall’s Study Union event! From Thursday, December 1 through Thursday, December 8, SARC will be hosting a variety of final review sessions and drop-in academic coaching to help prepare students for their exams. To find out more about the event and locate study materials, click the link below!

 Healthy Holiday Spending for Students
The holiday season is coming - a season usually associated with joy, but also with spending. Some students might be seeking helpful healthy spending resources. Click below link to see resources provided by UCF Financial Aid !

Housing Applications are OPEN!

Housing Applications are OPEN! The UCF Housing applications for Summer and Fall 2023 are open for first year students. The applications will remain open through the spring semester, but remember, spots are limited, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. To apply, log on to your UCF Housing Portal. If you or your student have not already, visit the Housing & Residence Life website to determine which agreement type, campus, and semester you would like to submit an agreement for. Click below to read more!

Think 30 to Finish in 4!

The Think 30 initiative at UCF encourages students to take at least 30 credit hours each year to stay on track for a 4-year graduation. A timely graduation allows students to save tuition money, limit loans, and fast-track earnings in their chosen career. Read more about this by clicking below!

Please note: this article first appeared in November 2022's Pegasus Parent Post.

Meeting with Academic Advisors to
Prepare for Spring Registration

Spring 2023 enrollment appointment dates and times are available on myUCF! Meeting with advisors is very important to maximize your chances of building your desired course schedule. It is always a good idea for students to make an appointment with their advisor to discuss a plan for their Spring 2023 enrollment!

Please note: this article first appeared in October 2022's Pegasus Parent Post.
Apply to be an Orientation Leader!

Orientation Leader (OL) applications will remain open! OLs serve as critical members of the First Year Experience (FYE) team. We are seeking current undergraduate students who are dedicated to UCF and seeking to serve on a team of role models for all UCF students and their support systems. The role of an Orientation Leader can be demanding but we believe it is equally, if not more, rewarding. Read more about the role and learn how students can apply by clicking the button below.

For You Both:

New Here?

If your student is starting at UCF this Spring, we hope you 're joining us for Family & Guest Orientation too!

First Year Experience is excited to welcome all out parents family members. and guests to the UCF community! You are a vital part of your student's transition to the University and we value the support you will provide throughout their time at UCF. This starts with the Family and Guest Orientation Program. We highly encourage all families and guests to register for this program! Click below to see more.

Fall 2022 Housing Move-Out

If your student is moving out of on-campus housing this month, there are some things to plan ahead for! If they had a contract that is ending and are moving out this month, Housing & Residence Life sent information to your student's Knights email account with detailed instructions and expectations regarding cleaning and check-out. Click below to read more about this process!

Attending Fall Commencement for Your Knight 

Is your Knight graduating this month? Congratulations! You and your student might be finalizing your plans for attending UCF commencement ceremonies. Click the link below to learn about commencement schedule, photo opportunities, venue, parking, etc.

Please note: this article first appeared in November 2022's Pegasus Parent post.
Important Dates

December 2
December 5 - 11
Final Examination Period
(Final Exam Schedule Search)

December 12
On-Campus Housing Closes

December 16 - 17
Fall 2022 Commencement

In Other News:

UCF Celebrated National First Generation
Awareness Week Last Month!

Monday, November 8 marked the beginning of First Generation Awareness Week at UCF and we celebrated BIG! UCF has a strong history of supporting first generation students and prioritizing their academic success with services and programs designed to aid in their journey as Knights. Click below to read more!

 $10 Million Gist from Dr. Philips Charities to Bolster New College of Nursing Building at Lake Nona

"Leaders from Dr. Phillips Charities and UCF announced a $10 million donation to support the College of Nursing’s new building, which will help UCF graduate more nurses and combat the nation’s critical nursing shortage..."

UCF Podcast: Combining Art and Technology

"Renowned composer Stella Sung shares the importance of integrating science and the arts, as well as her research on using virtual and augmented reality in the classical concert setting."

The Gray Men and Women of UCF

"After serving our country, UCF’s student veterans find a home and a new purpose with others who know what it’s like to wear the uniforms of the U.S. military."

Eight Funds to Support at UCF Before the End of 2022

"No matter how large or small, every gift is a chance to make a difference. With more than 340 funds to make a gift to at UCF, there’s plenty of great efforts, initiatives and programs to support."
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