It is hard to believe that the semester is almost over and the students are taking their finals and preparing for winter break. The campus has been active with study sessions, lectures, sports events, and service opportunities for students to enhance their educational offerings. You must be counting down to your student’s arrival home for the break.
Parents play an important role in helping students transition during this time of year. Encouragement to use the campus resources, reminders that mentors, faculty, and staff are here to help and, finally, insistence that students take care of their health are all important ways that parents can help to lessen the stress of exams. The Counseling Center remains available to support and teach students stress management and coping skills. The Career Center is here to help with focus and planning for their future and there are also many resources online.
You may have heard that other institutions are experiencing outbreaks of serious illnesses. As we try to protect our campus, it is imperative that students take their health seriously. Encourage them to wash their hands often, avoid drinking from others’ cups, and cover their mouths when they cough. It’s basic advice and yet so vital to avoid the spread of germs. Flu season is upon us. Let’s work together to remind our students that they know how to make good healthy decisions.
As always, the student development website has links to departments and services which you may find useful as you help your student navigate the college environment. Visit often and encourage students to let us know how they are doing.
As you celebrate the joy of the season, I invite you to stop by to visit Loyola’s annual online Advent calendar, Christmas at Loyola.
Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season,
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D