January

First Year Students

Your first-year student may be experiencing:

  • Disappointment with fall semester grades

  • Unwanted weight gain

  • Difficulty fitting in, especially for new students starting in the spring semester

  • Considering options for living arrangements for the next school year

How you can help?

January’s success may be influenced by how well the winter break went for your student. Encourage them to take a renewed look at new classes and classmates as opportunities for new connections and improved academic performance. Encourage involvement in campus activities and use of academic resources. Here are some ideas for questions that may help to start the conversation.

 

“How is your relationship with your roommate?”

Hopefully all is well, but if problems exist that cannot be worked out, encourage your student to speak with residence hall staff.

 

“What are your goals for the semester?”

Goals may include making good grades, seeking involvement opportunities, or selecting a major.

 

“What academic resources have you used since coming to UK?”

Students should be encouraged to go to office hours and use The Study, Writing Center, and available tutoring resources. Often students don’t seek help until problems have already developed. These resources are most helpful if used early in the semester.

 

“Where do you want to live next fall?”

Students need to thoughtfully consider the advantages and disadvantages of living on campus versus living off campus. The University of Kentucky strongly recommends that all freshmen and sophomores live on campus. Our Lexington community tells us that the best tenants for rental are those who have lived on campus at least their first two years. UK Housing has several options for upper-level and graduate students, including University Flats.

Second Year Students

Your second-year student may be experiencing:

  • Anxiety about future living arrangements

  • Uncertainty in their major

How can you help?

 

“How is your relationship with your roommate(s)?”

Hopefully all is well, but if problems exist, coach your student through possible solutions. Off-Campus Student Advising has a number of resources to help if your student is living off campus, and Residence Life is a support system for our on-campus residents.

 

“Tell me about the classes you are taking in your major. OR Do you feel ready to declare a major this semester?”

It is not uncommon for students to change majors or doubt if they have chosen the right path. If this is the case, encourage your student to reach out to professors and advisors for assistance. UK’s Counseling Center and Career Center can also help students who are uncertain if they are in the right major and those who have no ideas what they want to major in.

UK’s new online Academic Exploration Tool allows students to search and explore the many majors offered here. Students must declare a major by the time they have accumulated 60 earned credit hours.

 

“What academic resources have you used since coming to UK?”

Students should be encouraged to go to office hours and use The Study, Writing Center, and available tutoring resources. Often students don’t seek help until problems have already developed. These resources are most helpful if used early in the semester.

 

“Where do you want to live next fall?”

The University of Kentucky strongly recommends that all freshmen and sophomores live on campus. Our Lexington community tells us that the best tenants for rental are those who have lived on campus at least their first two years. UK Housing has several options for upper-level and graduate students, including University Flats.