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When First-year Students Come Home for the Summer
In about a month, most first-year students will return home, and some parents and students may be in for a shock. Many students will return home after living a college lifestyle quite different from the one they lived during high school. For the past nine months, many students have had more freedom than they have ever known. No curfew. No “chores.” No “bedtime.” And soon they return home to parents who may have a curfew, house rules, and expectations of a sleep schedule that bears little resemblance to the wacky rhythms of college life.
The bottom line is that the cultures of home and campus will collide this summer for some students and their parents. Conflict can be reduced if there is communication and negotiation regarding needs and expectations early on. Check out the online article “When College Kids Come Home for the Summer” for tips on ways to reduce misunderstandings and conflict.
Experiential Learning: The New Summer Vacation
Where has the time gone? Trinity students are on the verge of completing this academic year. Each of them has learned a tremendous amount from a variety of experiences. While many of our students will be returning home to you, we certainly want them to maximize the time they are afforded this summer. We want them to engage in strategic experiential learning opportunities.
While simply securing a summer job is meaningful, it becomes much more beneficial if it relates directly to an industry that your child is considering for a career. They can continue making connections between classroom learning and potential career paths. Additionally, they can continue developing transferable skills that will help them be more marketable to future employers. Summer vacation is ideal for this because experiential learning is about more than working; it is about taking time to thoughtfully reflect on the impact of that work. Opportunities could include experiences gained from volunteering, job shadowing, interning, or working a summer job. I encourage you to talk with your sons and daughters about their activities. Help them make connections and draw conclusions so they will come away with a better understanding of who they are, what skills they have to offer, and the type of career they want to pursue (or don’t want to pursue). Likewise, remind them to come by Career Services so we can assist during this process as well.
--John Birch, Associate Director
Residence Hall Closing Information
Residence halls close at noon on Thursday, May 14. Residents are expected to leave 24 hours after their last final. Only graduating seniors will be allowed to remain until noon on Sunday, May 17. In addition to information on the Residential Life Web page, students will receive an e-mail to their Trinity e-mail address outlining check-out procedures.
Students living in the FIRST-YEAR AREA and SOPHOMORE COLLEGE will have floor meetings to discuss check-out. Residents must make an appointment (by Sunday, May 3) for a check-out time with their RA/RM.
Residents living in the UPPER-CLASS AREA (Isabel, Myrtle, Susanna, Lightner, Murchison, South or McLean) will have two check-out options. This applies to juniors and seniors.
1. REGULAR CHECK-OUT: Residents schedule an appointment (also by May 3) with the Hall Manager for an
appointment to check out.
2. EXPRESS CHECK-OUT: Residents still have the responsibility to complete all steps for check-out and turn in
their room key to the Witt Center between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. By doing Express Check-out, students waive
all rights as they relate to dorm damage charges and will not be able to appeal charges. If students are
concerned about damages in the room, the Residential Life Office suggests that they DO NOT use Express
Residence Hall Opening in August
Next fall the residence halls will open for returning sophomores, juniors and seniors on Saturday, August 22, 2015.
Summer Storage Options
Does your student need to store belongings over the summer? Check out this list for locations near Trinity that offer short term storage.
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