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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 New Year! A brand-new year is upon us and there's no better time to set new goals!

What goals is your student considering? Ask your student what they hope to achieve this year and how they want to do so. And don't stop there! What goals do YOU want to achieve as well? Do they align with your student's? Are there goals on your student's list that you can help support them in achieving?

No matter the goal, or if you and your student are new or returning for another semester, UCF students and their supporters (that's YOU!) have access to various resources and communities across campus. Whether your student is interested in engaging in a healthy lifestyle, taking on leadership roles, engaging in sports, pursuing academic excellence, bonding with fellow students over music or pop culture interests, pursuing career development opportunities, or something else, UCF has ways they can do all these things!

Take a minute to imagine your student expanding their ability to possibly study abroad, lead a student organization, taking care of themselves, becoming financially literate... just like you, UCF supports students to reach for the stars and meet their goals whatever those might be.

However, sometimes it can be hard to find the right resources to match a goal. Don't worry - that's why we're here!

This month's featured post focuses on preparing you and your student's new start on Spring 2023 semester. Click below to check it out and Happy New Year 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 set goals for the new semester!
Goal Setting 101 for College Students (and Their Parents too!)

"Learning to set clear, specific, measurable goals is essential to achieving anything. As a parent, you can coach your student on how to create goals that lead to success."

Online Learning: Common Struggles for Diverse Learners

"When learning takes place in a virtual environment, students’ learning challenges can be exacerbated. Here are five common struggles diverse learners might have during online learning and how you can support them."

Para los nuevos estudiantes: Programas de verano para enriquecimiento o preparación del estudiante

"Hay una cantidad de programas de verano, tanto para aquellos jóvenes que quieren explorar una área de estudio (ingeniería, química, idiomas) como para aquellos que quieren desarrollar sus habilidades (música, escritura, matemáticas, computación)."

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For Your Student:

Spring 2023 Resources

Need some refreshers on some important resources for your student to get prepared for Spring 2023 semester? Look no further! Click the link below for a "one-stop shop" webpage with information on resources such as Parking & Transportation Services, Dining, Student Health Services, etc. 

Think 30 to Finish in 4!

The Think 30 initiative encourages students to take at least 30 credits 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. 

Add/Drop/Swap Video Tutorial

The first week of the semester is commonly known as Add/Drop/Swap week at UCF. If your student wants a refresher on what this means and how to navigate the week, click the video above or the link below to explore more. Remember, add/drop/swap deadline for Spring 2023 is Friday, January 13, 2023.

Find Available Scholarships

A new semester brings about new opportunities for students to snag great scholarship opportunities! And there are various scholarships available inside and outside of UCF. Check out additional information and more at the link below!

Join the Knights of Distinction Program!

Completing an undergraduate degree is a major milestone in every student’s life, but are they prepared for what’s next? Students can join the Knights of Distinction program to gain a diverse range of experiences and skills that distinguish them from the rest! Click the link below to learn more!

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!

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:

What is Academic Probation and how can I help prevent my student avoid it?

A student is placed on academic probation when their UCF GPA drops below a 2.0. Being on academic probation can prevent academic progress towards their intended degree, eligibility for financial aid resources, the healthy and well-being of a student, and more. How do students know if they are on academic probation and how can you help them avoid it? Click the link below to find out more!


Spring 2023 On-Campus Housing Move-In

If your student is moving into on-campus housing this month, there are some things to plan ahead for! Move-in procedures vary each semester so it is crucial that you and your student are checking the Housing & Residence Life website for the most up-to-date processes and additional details. Click below to read more about this process!
Important Dates
January 7-8
On-Campus Housing Opens

January 9
Class Begin

January 9-13
Late Registration

January 13
January 20
Upcoming Events

Jan. 12, 12:00pm
FreshU Kitchen Cooking Class

Jan. 21, 8:00am
"Knight for A Day" Open House

Jan. 27, 3:00pm
Inclusive Education Services Information Session

Jan. 31, 8:00pm
Jazz Chambers Groups Concert

In Other News:

2022 UCF Year In Review

Our students and faculty unleashed their potential, reached for the stars and we all came together to truly make an impact in the UCF community and beyond.

UCF Student, Animation Alum Credited for Work on ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

"Tal Minks ’18, character animation alumna and recent psychology graduate, worked on Avatar: The Way of Water in his role as a lead animator for Steamroller Animation. In December, Minks graduated with his second degree from UCF the same day the movie came to theatres."

Orlando Again Ranked No. 1 Best College City in Florida, No. 3 in Nation

"The rankings consider academic, economic and social factors to determine the nation’s best places to live and learn ... For the second year in a row, Orlando is ranked the No. 1 Best College City in America among midsize cities, according to WalletHub’s 2023 list."

UCF Podcast: Reflecting on a Lifetime of Service to Students, Space and Community

"Gregg Buckingham ’02EdD, an associate lecturer in UCF’s School of Public Administration who worked for NASA for 28 years, shares insight from working for the space agency and the impact of teaching."

UCF Podcast: UCF Podcast: Finding a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

"UCF alum and Harvard-MIT bioengineering doctoral student Christopher Clifford ’22 shares his personal and professional insights into diabetes, finding your own version of success, and his hopes for the future of bioengineering."

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