The October 17 to 20 midterm break provides an opportunity to reconnect with your student. Some students experience homesickness, and it is normal for students to miss their families and friends back home. But if a student’s homesickness is interfering with daily life, encourage him or her to seek support by talking to a resident assistant, visiting Campus Ministry and/or stopping by the Counseling Center.
Spring course registration and advising
Registration for spring classes for first-year students takes place in mid-November. Students are required to meet with their academic advisers once a semester before registration beings.
To prepare for their advising meeting, students can use Academic Advisement, an online resource to help them understand which requirements have been met and which ae outstanding. Doing so will increase the amount of time available to discuss topics such as studying abroad, internships and career choices.
Accelerated Degree Programs
Students can complete a master’s degree in only one additional year through Marquette’s accelerated degree programs. Students take graduate-level courses during their senior year that count towards both their bachelor’s and master’s degree. Learn more online.
The Graduate School and the Graduate School of Management will host an Open House on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union. This event is open to anyone interested in pursuing a graduate degree. Attendees will meet directors of graduate studies, faculty, graduate school staff and current students in a casual, conversational format. RSVP online.
Marquette University Apartments offer studio, one, two, and three bedroom options in safe and convenient living communities on or close to campus. Sophomores and juniors thinking about signing leases for the 2020-2021 academic year can place deposits for university-owned apartments in October. First-year students, who are required to live in on-campus residences as sophomores, submit housing deposits in March.
Promoting Academic Success
Benedict Kemp, PhD
Associate Director, Retention
Office of Student Educational Services
Students often start the semester with high expectations. Many students will struggle to meet those goals, but that is a good thing! This struggling to achieve academic goals results in the development of new skills and understandings. However, by this time of the semester, many students lose motivation or perspective on how learning can be hard work. Keep encouraging your student! The academic struggle is real, and it will help your student to hear that you understand that their academic growth can be a struggle.
The other big academic event on the October calendar is midterms. Many courses have exams sometime during October 10-16th. It is important to remember that one of the things an exam assesses is how well students prepared for the exam. It isn’t just a matter of hard work; it is also about the effectiveness of studying. If your student needs help to study more effectively, encourage them to schedule an appointment with an academic coach in Student Educational Services (125 Coughlin Hall).
Finally, I suggest you read the Guiding Values of Marquette University (link “Mission of Marquette University to this-https://www.marquette.edu/leadership/values.php). The first item listed under Marquette University Guiding Values states the University’s pledge to make the “personal and holistic development of students as our primary institutional vocation.” Your student will grow and change as a result of their Marquette education. As I stated above, that requires hard work and is often scary. One of the ways it can be scary is that intellectual growth leads to new interests and passions as a student’s understanding of the world matures. Encourage your student to explore their interests. Parental support will help normalize the scary work that they are doing to become the difference.