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Anchor Guide: September-October

The fall semester offers many opportunities for students to explore and put their innovative liberal arts education into action. See below for important information and helpful resources for the fall semester.

Academics

In September, check with your student about classes. Are they having difficulty, or have they received an academic warning in any of their classes? This month is the best time for students to be thinking about their goals, checking in with professors (and faculty advisors), and focus on study and time management skills.  The Tutoring & Writing Center at Rollins is a great place for students to go for academic help and resources. Be sure to review the academic calendar too, for important academic dates and deadlines.

Student Life

Talk to your student about college life and encourage them to become involved in student clubs and organizations, service and leadership opportunities, or cultural, religious, or identity programs. Encourage your student to reach out to a peer mentor, resident assistant, faculty or staff member to help get connected with student life opportunities. The College has more than 100 diverse student organizations that reflect a variety of interests and passions of the students. 

Students can visit getinvolved.rollins.edu to learn more about active student organizations on campus and ways they can get engaged. Please note: Fraternity and Sorority recruitment begins in the spring semester at Rollins.  if your student is a transfer student or returning Rollins student, they are eligible participate in informal recruitment. To see which organizations are participating in Fall 2020 recruitment/intake and to see if your student is eligible, please visit here

Your Journey Begins Here Videos
Rollins staff from offices across campus offered a series of Your Starts Here sessions during summer 2020 to help students get better aquainted with programs, offices and resoures. Click here to view the YouTube play list of these sessions!

Knowles Chapel is the religious and spiritual hub on campus. The Dean of Religious Life assists students with exploring their spiritual, religious, and/or belief identities. There are opportunities to do this throughout the year through speakers, chapel-affiliated student groups, holiday observances, programming, and community service. Rollins offers weekly services in the following traditions: Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant. Please check the Religious & Spiritual Life website, and Knowing Knowles Facebook page for more information.

As part of your check-ins, ask your student if they are eating well and resting regularly. These are two important areas that help manage stress.

Students are more likely to thrive when they feel that they have someone who cares about them and their success. We have a team to support your student during the transition periods in college. Our Student and Family Care team helps with the information and referrals to campus resources. Contact them at 407-646-2345 or email care@rollins.edu.

The Rollins Wellness Center provides health services and mental health counseling services to Rollins students. The Wellness Center works with students on their nine dimensions of wellness. For more information visit the Wellness Center website or contact them at 407-628-6340 or wellnesscenter@rollins.edu.

Midterms can cause some students to experience self-doubt, worry, and anxiety, as they handle personal and academic expectations.

Discuss the challenges of their courses, academic expectations, and plans to manage their stress in a healthy way. Remind them about support services offered on campus, such as the Tutoring & Writing Center for academic help, the Wellness Center, or opportunities to connect with a faculty advisor or the Student & Family Care staff for assistance.

 

Held each October, the R-Compass Fair provides an opportunity to explore information on majors, minors, general education offerings, and services designed to integrate academics into career and life planning. Encourage your student to attend!

When talking to your student about exploring a major, planning their academics, find what interests and drives them. Academic planning for spring semester courses begins the end of October/early November and provides students the opportunity to meet with their faculty advisor to create and update their academic plans. 

At Rollins, we are fortunate to have a faculty advising system. Students are more likely to thrive when they have a faculty member who encourages them academically and gets them excited about learning.

Beginning October 1 of each year, students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the following academic year. While it may seem early, students receiving financial aid can get a head start on their financial planning for the following year and ensure receipt of maximum financial aid consideration. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.