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The official e-newsletter of the Pegasus Parent Program produced by First Year Experience through the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services 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:

Making the Most of Summer 2022

Whether your student is back at home before embarking on another year at UCF or about to begin their UCF experience for the first time, summer can be a time for them to tackle some important things.

Explore more about how you can support your student in these endeavors:

Step Back So They Can Step Forward

"Last year my husband and I helped our son move into his first apartment close to his campus in St. Louis. Living truly on his own was brand new to him, and we all know there’s a learning curve that comes with that..."

Sandwich Generation Support: Emotions

"About the time my daughter was a junior in high school and my son was preparing to enter the military, my 92-year-old great aunt, who was like a second mother to me, moved in with us in our small three-bedroom house..."

Understanding the Federal Work-Study Program

"When my daughter applied to college, we completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) hoping to receive some form of financial aid. As the acceptances arrived... we also discovered that every college added Federal Work-Study to their financial aid award package."

Essential Tips to Teach Your Soon-To-Be College First Year

Getting your student ready for their first year of college is no small task. There is so much to teach them before they head into this exciting chapter of their lives! Here are some of the things you should teach your student so they'll be ready to tackle their new experiences!

Consejos para nuevos padres de la universidad

Es tiempo de regreso a la escuela otra vez … pero este año es diferente. ¡Su estudiante irá a la universidad! Puede sentirse orgulloso de haber criado a un hijo o hija que está listo para asumir nuevos retos y responsabilidades, ya sea en una universidad cercana o al otro lado del país. Aquí hay algunos consejos que me gustaría compartir para ayudarlo en esta transición:

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For Your Student:

Earning College Credit By Exam

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) program is a resource many incoming college students overlook, one that can save students hundreds of dollars in tuition and fees and help them stay on track for timely graduation. CLEP exams are available in many subjects and passing CLEP scores can be accepted for full course credit in over 30 UCF courses. This includes many general education program subjects like English Composition, College Algebra, U.S. History, and foreign languages. CLEP exams can be taken on most weekdays at the University Testing Center on campus. Click below for more details about CLEP exams, including a free study program that may help pay part of students' test costs.

Well-Being Corner:

How to Budget: Wants vs. Needs

What’s the difference between a want and a need? Learn how your student can budget their spending to set aside money for savings or college expenses.

UCF Community Gardening

Is your student a fan of the outdoors? Do they enjoy getting their hands dirty and watching plants grow? If this sounds like something they would enjoy, they are more than welcome to join Wellness and Health Promotion Services for our weekly community garden volunteer shifts. Students will gain hands on experience growing their own food while making friends within the community. Feel free to message us if you have any questions of your student can get involved!

For You Both:

Announcing UCF's New Senior Vice President for Student Success

Dr. Paul Dosal plans to start in this new position on July 1 to create the culture, opportunities and support for our students to unleash their potential.

Join us on June 8, 2022 from 6:30pm-8:00pm for a Virtual Faculty Forum (held via Zoom)! Please note: this event is only open for SUMMER 2022 students and their families. 

New here?

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

First Year Experience is excited to welcome all our 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.

If you want more information on what your student can expect from their Orientation experience, look below!

Transfer Student Orientation

Students coming to UCF from other higher education institutions and their families and guests have a one-day, in-person program. 

First Time in College (FTIC) Orientation

Students coming to UCF from high school ("First Time in College" or FTIC) and their families and guests have a two-day, in-person program.
Important Dates

June 10
Withdrawal Deadline
(Summer A Term)

June 25
Summer A Term Classes End

June 30
Summer A Term Grades Available

Upcoming Events

In Other News:

Meet UCF's Computer Programming Team Competing in NAC ICPC 2022

Team Iris, one of UCF's Computer Programming Teams, competed in the North America Championship round of the 2022 International Collegiate Programming Contest — hosted recently at the University of Central Florida from May 26-31, 2022 — after competing in the NAC 2021 and advancing to the 2021 World Finals, which will be held in November 2022.

Knights Do That:
Advice for Young Actors

Hollywood actor Adrian R’Mante ’96 discusses his journey from UCF to landing his hit role as Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya de la Rosa Ramírez on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

Former Foster Care Child, Now Mother of 3 Reaches Goal of Becoming Teacher

Recent spring graduate Jeanette Marie Reynoso shares her unlikely path to achieving her dream.
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