Season’s greetings! This is an exciting time at Neumont. Students are completing finals, and we're preparing for our annual winter break.
Although Neumont University, closes for winter break from December 23 through January 3, students may choose to stay in housing. Students who currently live in The Tower will need to contact Residence Life about making other arrangements for the break if they would like to stay in student housing.
In their first three months of the 2015-16 academic year, freshman students have been busy with courses: Introduction to Computer Science, College Algebra, Collaboration & Interpersonal Communication, Personal Finance, Leadership & Problem-Solving, and Freshman Seminar. Many students have used instructor office hours, tutoring, study sessions, and help from peers to help them pass their classes.
Outside of class, campus has been buzzing with energy and excitement for all kinds of activities. Early this quarter, many students participated in a massive medieval “’battle” with imitation foam weapons; imagine the movie Braveheart reenacted in the heart of Salt Lake City. Students also participated in discussions about social issues, hiked in the nearby mountains, attended an anime convention, battled in video game competitions, gambled while playing their favorite board games, attended presentations by potential employers, sat fireside at a massive fire pit, learned about the best-of-the-best student projects at Capstone Project Invitational, bonded over Thanksgiving dinner with 200 of their classmates, and got to know their way around Salt Lake City.
In the months preceding a student’s going-away-to-college experience they may build up the time in their minds as an opportunity to be “free” of the burdens of living at home. After a quarter or two, many students come to realize the ageless truth: living on your own is hard. If your student is home for winter break, please take a few minutes to see how they are managing the daily responsibilities of living on their own.
Comfort with independent-living basics like laundry, cooking, cleaning, and making friends lowers stress and lets students focus energy on what matters most: school and their well-being.
You may also find that the first long visit home awakens or exacerbates homesickness. Moving away from family and friends, and all of the comforts of home, can be painful and upsetting. We’ve found that the more a student participates in campus activities, the more they enjoy the traditions and opportunities of college life. Most of all, as the struggles and concerns of college come up, remind your student that homesickness and other college adjustment issues are difficult but normal, and that achieving long-term goals make the distance from home worthwhile.
Finally, students may benefit from a reminder about the many people on campus who are eager to help: instructors, who usually have daily office hours; academic coaches, who provide free tutoring for some courses; classmates, roommates, and friends; financial aid advisors; and their advocate. Please also encourage your student to maintain good habits over the break, such as a regular sleep schedule (awake by day, asleep by night), which will make for a smooth transition back to school in January.
We’re proud of our students and are excited to see their work both at Project Showcase and in upcoming courses.
Have a wonderful holiday!