Your Student’s First Year at UC Riverside 2011 Highlander Orientation Presented by the Student Wellness Partners:Stacey Grady, Mental Health Educator, AVC/Dean of Students (951) 827-6727 Jennifer Miller, Director of the WELL, (951) 827-5000 Sarah Pemberton, Student Affairs Case Manager, (951) 827-9354 Marcela Ramirez, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, (951) 827-7233Devon Sakamoto, Coordinator of Health Education Initiatives, (951) 827 2874 Deepak Sharma, Coordinator, Peer Programs , WELL, (951) 827-5501 Oronne Wami, Peer Education/Community Service Assistant, (951) 827-5481
Student Wellness PartnersIn partnership with the Counseling Center, The Well, International Education Center, Housing Services, Student Recreation Center, Campus Health Center and AVC/Dean of Students Office, the Student Wellness Partners offer students robust and collaborative campus-wide programming and resources associated with student health and well-being. Specifically, the Student Wellness Partners work to strengthen and expand wellness related peer mentor & education programs and develop new programs and initiatives to address the wellness needs of UC Riverside’s diverse student population.
Hopes and FearsWhat are some of your hopes and fears regarding your student’s first year of college at UC Riverside?
Support During Challenging MomentsChange/transition can be quite difficultBe alert for significant changes in mood, personality, behaviors.Intuition/ “gut” check You know your student best Reach out to appropriate university personnel
Managing Social DemandsISSUE HOW TO HELPBecoming Independent: Encourage students to manage their own Self reliance affairs Students have to make their Develop a communication plan own decisions and function independently Encourage your student to be independent, but be willing to reach out for help in an urgent situationDeveloping a Sense of Belonging: Proactive Friendships Everything is new & different Encourage your student to set realistic Students focus on finding expectations friends and “fitting in” Become Integrated into Campus Life Feelings of being a “little fish”
Managing Social DemandsMORE WAYS TO HELP Share with your student the community involvement Understand that students may not be able to play as active a role with family affairs and events as they may have previously Acknowledge how college life allows for the student to find what they want to do Encourage exploration through campus involvement
Managing Social DemandsISSUE HOW TO HELPIdentity Exploration: Remember most students don’t stray far Students may experiment from their family values with new looks, foods, habits, Not every student will start or increase friends, personas, etc. these activities Students will explore new relationships with family, Be clear about your expectations friends, faculty/staff Discuss that self exploration Students may experiment Provide an environment that fosters and with sexual activity, alcohol and other drugs supports honesty, trust and open communication Encourage your student to seek out resources Encourage your student to make the BEST choices
Managing FinancesISSUE HOW TO HELPSetting a Budget & Sticking to It: Having enough money for Help your student in developing a financial expenses plan or a budget Defining needs vs. wants Anticipate everything (tuition, housing, books, food, toiletries, entertainment, gas, etc.) Clearly define what the family is paying for Teach the importance of financial responsibility Encourage your student to consider work on campusCredit Cards: Discuss importance of building Inappropriate or over usage credit, and the dangers of accumulating debt www.youngmoney.com is an excellent resource for explaining budget and finances to young students.
Managing FinancesISSUE HOW TO HELPUnderstanding Educational Financing: Nuances of financial aid Review the financial aid Negotiating University billing process and how money will be deposited Bills from the University will be sent directly to your student Research and apply for P
Managing FinancesISSUE HOW TO HELPLack of Knowledge of Cost Clip and send grocery coupons Saving Strategies: Buy in bulk Students are not used to having Buy only the supplies and books to pay for everything themselves required Consider opting out of having a car at school Send care packages with healthcare supplies and healthy foods Break the habit of “Latest is Best” Teach your student fiscal responsibility
Managing Academic Demands ISSUE HOW TO HELP Higher Expectations: Help student (and family) to set realistic Applying critical thinking. academic expectations Learning takes place Encourage your student to seek out help outside the classroom. Ask your student what they think about what Increased volume of work they learned, and not just what they learned. vs. decreased time Encourage students to use a daily Student body ranges from planner . 1st - 4th year in any class. Discuss time management skillsChange in the Environment: and share strategies. Studying at home vs. the library. Each hour of lecture equals 2 hours of reading/study. Safe Assignment software Assigned Reading
Managing Academic DemandsISSUE HOW TO HELPAnxiety about Choosing a Major: Learn about the major and the classes Parental expectations offered in the upper division areas. Conflicted feelings of Decision about a major may unfold over majoring in what they like time. and we are good at, versus Students’ interpretation of a major vs. what others want family’s. Perceptions of where majors lead. Encourage your student to choose a Difficulty and lack of major based on intrinsic interest in comprehension. subject matter. Appreciate that a major and career are only loosely related. Understand that a graduate degree can be independent of an undergraduate experience.
Managing Family RelationshipsISSUE HOW TO HELPChanging Relationships: Support change and be willing to change too Family relationships WILL Welcome and embrace your student’s evolving change and usually for the development better Recognize your student’s evolution into adulthood
Managing Family RelationshipsISSUE HOW TO HELPCommunication: Understand your student may not always be Students are busy and don’t always available when you call have time to talk with family Be respectful of your student’s schedule members Creative Communication Students may not express how Be flexible!! important it is to hear from family Let your student know if you plan to visit them at school
Creating a Solid Foundation Student Health101:Student edition: http://readsh101.com/ucr.html?id=270823Family edition: http://readsh101.com/ucr-pp.html?id=261393 Well website (online tools and brochures): http://well.ucr.edu Game plan: Communication Money Shared campus tour (virtual or real) Class schedule Involvement opportunities Self care Nervous is normal
•Online HealthAssessments•On and OffCampus Referrals•Interactive SelfCare Tools•ElectronicResource Libraries•Google Calendarof UCR Health andWellness Events•”Ask a Peer” Tool•CommunityService ProjectSearch/Reporting•Request aProgram Tool
The WELL at UCR Well-being, Empowerment, Life, Learning Highlander Union Building 248 (951) 827 WELL www.well.ucr.eduUCR offers a variety of wellness-related programs that are designed to support holistic student health and well-being. The WELL is a coordinated center for UCR’s wellness programs. The WELL serves to create a safe, supportive, and connected campus environment through the promotion of healthy minds, bodies and communities. The WELL provides accessible, robust resources and support for students in the areas of physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellness through a network of peer educators, mentors and professionals.
THANK YOU! The Student Wellness Partners Team:Stacey Grady, Mental Health Educator, AVC/Dean of Students (951) 827-6727 Jennifer Miller, Director of the WELL, (951) 827-5000 Sarah Pemberton, Student Affairs Case Manager, (951) 827-9354 Marcela Ramirez, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, (951) 827-7233Devon Sakamoto, Coordinator of Health Education Initiatives, (951) 827 2874 Deepak Sharma, Coordinator, Peer Programs , WELL, (951) 827-5501 Oronne Wami, Peer Education/Community Service Assistant, (951) 827-5481 Questions?