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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 (SDES) 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

Universities are very special places for me, and why I am dedicated to giving transition support for incoming students and families as the First Year Experience Graduate Assistant for Parent & Family Programs.

During my undergraduate years, I gained not only a treasure trove of knowledge, but I also learned how to overcome some hardships in my life. One of my initial hardships was homesickness. Since I am from Korea, I have a 12-hour time difference with my family. When I started college, I thought could handle every situation and my future was set since I “declared” my major. Well, it became pretty obvious that this little college-kiddo encountered some struggles. My first exam, food problems, roommate issues, questioning my major, and even some bigger life events kept emerging. It didn’t take a long time for me to call my family due to homesickness.
And UCF students also experience this. Our students who are experiencing homesickness and/or are intimidated by their first midterm are in the process of growing toward their unique goals. That is why this month's Pegasus Parent Post is here to give some resources on how to support your student practically and emotionally.

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 explore more about what October holds in the life of your student and how to best support them!
Resources For Students Who Were Impacted by Hurricane Ian

UCF continues to support students and their families who were impacted by Hurricane Ian. Click below for a list of helpful resources for students on behalf of Student Care Services at this time.

Caring For Yourself
As the Nest Begins to Empty

"As your children begin to go after their dreams, have you given any real thought to what lies ahead for you? When everyone is gone, pursuing all that they desire, who’s left?"

Did Your New College Student Hit Their First Tough Patch?

"The kind of phone calls parents get from their first-year students midway through a semester are often very different from the calls they receive at the start of the school year."

The Rhythm of the First Semester

"NOW WHAT?! After all of the applications, tours, decisions, packing, unloading, and last- minute (if not outdated) parental advice, your students are on their own."

Surviving the Early Weeks as a New College Parent
"The first half of the first term of college will certainly require a new approach to parenting on your part as you and your student navigate uncharted waters."

Para Superar Obstáculos

"Los estudiantes de primer año tienen muchos obstáculos que superar  para ajustarse a su nueva vida. Generalmente ellos pueden lidiar con pequeños obstáculos y fracasos pero en ocasiones los retos son más serios."

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For Your Student:

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.

Meeting with Academic Advisors to
Prepare for Spring Registration

Spring 2023 enrollment appointment dates and times will be available on Monday, October 17. Meeting with advisors before your enrollment date is very important to maximize your chances of building your desired course schedule. It is always a good idea for students to make an early appointment with their advisor to discuss a plan for their Spring 2023 enrollment!

 Study Places & Free Supplies for Midterms

Did you know students can get free scantrons and free printing around UCF's campus? Is your student seeking a place to study other than a library? No worries! All Knight Study locations provide an environment where students have the opportunity and space to study efficiently. Click below to learn more about the academic resources Student Government provides!

PeerKnights Coaching:
Free Peer-to-Peer Program to Support Your Students

PeerKnights Coaching supports all undergraduate students to build academic skills, connect with campus resources, grow campus involvement, and more. PeerKnights Coaches work in a wide variety of units to support student success. Click below for more information!

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) Workshops 

CAPS workshops are designed to address common concerns and help students develop skills that can enhance their well-being and reduce their stress. The best part? All workshops are offered free to UCF students! Students do not need to register to participate, and workshops are held online through Zoom. Click below to learn more!

For You Both:

3 UCF Students Support Military Through
2022 X-Force Fellowships

"The engineering and photonics students were selected out of 600 applicants to work on projects that solve real-world national security issues."

Important Dates

October 17
Enrollment Appointment Date and Time available on myUCF for Spring 2023

October 28
  • Financial Aid Deferral Deadline
  • Second Installment of Tuition Payment Plan Deadline
  • Last Day to Reinstate Drop for Nonpayment Classes Deadline
  • Withdrawal Deadline

In Other News:

UCF Earns Highest Public School U.S. News & World Report Ranking in University History

"The University of Central Florida is one of America’s most innovative schools and a rising leader in social mobility, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Colleges Rankings. This is the fifth consecutive year UCF has ranked in the top 20."

 New Society Recognizes $375M Impact,
Legacy from UCF’s Most Generous Donors

"The Constellation Society honors individual donors whose generosity built four campuses, funded professorships and scholarships, and is unleashing UCF’s potential in profound ways."

UCF Podcast: Providing Quality Communication Disorders Training and Care

"Debra Knox, director of UCF’s Communication Disorders Clinic, shares the growing need for speech language pathology professionals, the constantly evolving nature of the field and what it means to help so many Central Floridian families."
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