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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

Spring semester is in full swing and campus is lively again! From groups of students studying outside near our Reflecting Pond, crowds at our Spring athletic games, or student organizations back to hosting meetings and events, 2023 continues to be off to a great start at UCF!

You helped your student to successfully launch their new semester last month and may be thinking, “so, what do I do now?”  

Students need continuous support to get settled in and to reach their goals during their college journey. In fact, data from our most-recent Family & Guest Orientation attendees shows that the majority of parents and supporters are actively seeking ways to best support their student, whether it be learning about academic support resources offered, what mental health services are available, knowing the important dates of each semester, conversations topics, and much more. This is great! And we are here to help YOU head in the right direction.
This month, there are a few items you might want to check in with your student about. February can bring academic hardship as they navigate a new semester of classes, Summer and Fall registration is around the corner, and planning for next year's housing accommodations is crucial. Our featured article (linked below) is full of helpful conversation topics and resources to help with these things!
In addition, Pegasus Parent Program has big plans for Valentine's Day this year! Until Friday, February 3, you can submit some words of love to your student and we'll help get the message to them on the big day. But shhhhh - it's a surprise! Let’s keep this between us for now 😉 Also starting from this month, you can participate in Family Trivia, a monthly trivia competition for subscribers. Don't miss a chance to win free UCF goodies!

We hope you enjoy this month's Pegasus Parent Post and Happy (early) Valentine's Day!

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 see what you and your student can focus on and discuss in February!
Helping Students With Disabilities and Learning Differences Transition to College

"If you have a student with a learning difference or other disability, what do you need to know as a parent to get them ready for college and prepare them for the transition?"

Powerful Personality Knowledge: How Extroverts and Introverts Learn Differently

"Extroversion or Introversion are the first of the four letters that make up the Myers-Briggs personality type. They tell you how you learn best. Here a few different learning strategies for extroverted vs. introverted learners."

Tener excito en la universidad

"Las clases a nivel universitario son muy diferentes de las de preparatoria. Los estudiantes comienzan a ser más independientes, pero aún requieren asistencia. Aquí le ofrecemos información que le será de utilidad."

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LAST CALL (!) to Send Your Student a
Valentine's Day Message

Want to send your student a surprise Valentine's Day message? Click the button below to send them a special something to open on February 14! First Year Experience will deliver physcial printouts of the messages to on-campus students and send personalized e-mails to off-campus students on the big day. The deadline to submit your messages is THIS Friday, February 3 at 5:00pm. Spread the love!

For Your Student:

Spring Opportunity for Major and Career Exploration

Does choosing a major feel like getting a toothache for your student? It doesn't have to be so painful! There is a SWEETER SIDE to choosing a major or career. Sweeter Side takes place from Tuesday, February 28 through Thursday, March 2 with workshops and activities to help your student explore majors at UCF. Click below to learn more!

Knights of Distinction Upcoming Events

The Knights of Distinction (KoD) program invites your student to attend their February events! KoD events are hosted virtually, free to attend, and open to all students interested in improving their reflective writing skills, creating a professional ePortfolio, and becoming a Knight of Distinction. Click below to learn more!

Mental Health and Wellbeing Outreach

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is here to serve students in a variety of ways, including online workshops, outreach activities, therapy dogs and more! Click below to learn more about their office and the resources they offer!

Enhance Your Diversity Awareness!

The Ginsburg Center for Inclusion and Community Engagement Office of Diversity Education and Training offers students at the University of Central Florida the opportunity to enhance their diversity-awareness, network, and develop professional skills through workshops, mentoring programs, and certificates. Click the button below to learn more and start engaging today!

Transfer Knights: Meet Your Peer Knight!

PeerKnights Coaches are here to empower students to be strong academically and integrate into the campus community! Coaches are current undergraduate and graduate students who are here to help students navigate UCF, and they even have a team of coaches specifically assigned to Transfer Knights. They can provide students with a coordinated care network and offers support in various ways, like choosing a major, transitioning into the university environment, or building up their academic skill set. Click the button below to learn more!

Apply for the Homecoming Executive Board!

Applications for the 2023 UCF Homecoming Executive Board are now live on KnightConnect! Homecoming is a national award-winning week of events for the UCF student body, and being a part of its creation is a tremendous honor! Encourage your student to be a part of the tradition and apply for this amazing opportunity. Applications close Monday, February 6. Click the button below to learn more!

Apply to be an Orientation Leader!

Orientation Leader (OL) applications are still 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:

Off Campus Housing Fairs

Is your student still exploring where to live next year? Student Neighborhood Relations is hosting TWO off-campus housing fairs in February that are great events to start the search for the perfect place, or explore even more options! To learn more and formally register for these events, click the button below.

Find Available Scholarships

A new semester brings about new opportunities for students to snag great scholarship opportunities! There are various scholarships available from UCF and through external partners as well! Check out additional information and more by clicking the button below!

Please note: this article first appeared in January 2022's Pegasus Parent Post.
Important Dates
  • Financial Aid Deferral Repayment Deadline
  • Second Installment of Tuition Payment Plan Deadline
March 13-19
Spring Break

March 23
Registration by Appointment and Add/Drop for Summer/Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Begins

March 24
Withdrawal Deadline

*NEW* to the
Pegasus Parent Post: 
Monthly Family Trivia

Test your UCF knowledge with the Pegasus Parent Post's new, monthly Family Trivia activity! Each month, we will include a new trivia question that you can answer. The best part? There are prizes involved! Answer correctly for a chance to win a FREE UCF goodie bag! Click the link below to participate and for your chance to win!
Answer February's Trivia Question!

In Other News:

UCF Ranks in the Top 10 for 2023 Overall Best Online Bachelor's Programs

 U.S. News & World Report has recognized UCF’s growing national reputation in its annual rankings of not only Online degree programs, but also in its Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools lists. Learn more by watching the video above, or clicking the button below!

New $1.25 MIllion UCF Project Addresses State's Critical Shortage of Special Education Teachers, School Psychologists

"Project CENTRAL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and will help educators in the state receive enhanced education and preparation. "

UCF Nutrition Educator Helps Improve Health at KNIGHTS Clinic

" UCF faculty and registered nutritionist Steven Burrough will provide expertise at the student-run clinic at Orlando’s Grace Medical Home. Burroughs leads nutritional patient education consultations at the student-run KNIGHTS Clinic at Orlando’s Grace Medical Home."
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