Monday, January 16, 2017

College & Stress

Stress is a normal part of life, especially during periods of transition and uncertainty. But the transition to college can be stressful for a host of reasons. The recent American College Health Association National College Health Assessment showed stress, more than physical illness, lack of sleep or concern for friend or family, was the single biggest hindrance to academic performance at college.
Sometimes parents and other adults tend to idealize their college experience and remember it as an idyllic time when they had few worries or responsibilities. But today’s college students face a barrage of pressures: greater academic demands, exposure to new people and temptations, the prospect of life after college, and more. Parents should recognize that, while a certain level of stress is healthy and can be motivating, excessive stress can cause real problems.
Common College Student Stressors:Fast Fact
Motivating or Limiting?
Students struggling with their emotional health may find it difficult to navigate the stresses and challenges of college. Click here to learn the signs of excessive stress.
  • Continual and mounting academic demands
  • Trying to make friends
  • Being on one’s own in a new environment
  • Relationship issues, including dating and changes in family relationships
  • Financial responsibilities
  • Exposure to new people, ideas, and temptations
  • Awareness of one’s sexual identity and orientation
Fortunately, the majority of stress your child will experience will be helpful and stimulating. Experts agree that, if balanced correctly, stress can be a positive element that increases our self-awareness and productivity. While some sources of stress cannot be avoided, others can be prevented or diminished. Discuss with your child how to tell the difference so that unnecessary stressors can be minimized.
Reminder of Parent Resouces
Reminder http://www.transitionyear.org/parent/intro.php

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Two upcoming career fairs!

February is Career Fair time!

Is your sophomore or junior considering an internship or valuable experience in their field?  Is your senior graduating in May and searching for a job?  The upcoming career fairs are excellent opportunities for your student to network with many employers in one location.  Two large career fairs take place in February:



Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin – Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room.  Free.  There is a shuttle from CSS.
70+ Local, state and national employers will be on site to share information on jobs and internships.  For more information click here


Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday, February 23, 2017.  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center (day two scheduled interviews only). 
200+ local, state and national employers will be on site to share information on employment and internships.  Registration required at css.edu/hiresaints.  $20.  There will be a bus from CSS.  For more information click here

Prepare for the fairs by:
  • ·        Update resume and have it reviewed in Career Services or at careers@css.edu
  • ·        Request a pre-select interview (approx. 30% of employers interview on-site)
  • ·        Update LinkedIn profile (we can assist in Career Services)
  • ·        Job Fair Preparation

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Student Account Information over the Holidays

It’s that time of year...the library and study rooms have been busy. Stacks of books surround our students as they prepare for finals week with full pots of coffee for those all-nighters. Tests, group projects, presentations and papers. Snow has cloaked our campus, illuminated trees glisten as they majestically surround Tower. We zip our jackets as we walk into the frozen air, observing silent grey skies and marveling at our campus. Christmas music, and caroling choirs bring warmth to our hearts as we reflect on our 2016.
As our year is coming to an end we would like you to please note that St. Scholastica will be closed from December 23, 2016 through January 2, 2017 for the holidays. With that being said, we want to make sure your student has the resources they need while we are closed. To all of our families, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Cheers to a New Year. We are so grateful for you.
Warmly,
The OneStop Office
Finals Week
With finals week starting this past Monday we would like to wish all of our students the best of luck. We are cheering for you - you're in the homestretch! With the end of a semester comes final grades. Grades will be available for viewing in COR on December 30, 2016 after 4:30.
Transcripts
Electronic transcripts are still available while the college is closed. If you need an official transcript, please visit the National Student Clearing House at getmytranscript.org. Official paper transcripts will not be processed from December 23, 2016 through January 2, 2017. We will send out all official paper transcript requests that have accrued over that time the week of January 3, 2017.
Spring Tuition Bill & Payment Plan
Spring tuition bills have gone out, and our online payment plan option is now open! You can set up a payment plan through the OneStop tab in COR under 5a on the checklist. If you need to make any corrections to the payment play, please e-mail ar@css.edu and we will be sure to make that correction on January 3rd. If you wish to make an online payment, select ‘make a payment’ under 8 on the checklist. Any payments mailed to the college while we are closed will be applied to student’s accounts on January 3 when we resume business. Online payments are posted immediately. Refunds will begin to disburse the last week of January. Direct Deposit is highly recommended in order to receive your refund sooner.
Meal Plan Changes
Meal plan changes can be made on the OneStop tab in COR under Meal and Housing Information on the right hand side of the webpage.
Registration
Spring and summer web registration will remain open until the third day of each semester.
1098-T forms
1098-T forms will be issued the last week of January. If you are interested in receiving your statement electronically, please watch for an email inviting students to opt in to the electronic process. Receiving the statement electronically ensures immediate delivery once the statements are available and eliminates the chance of the form getting lost in the mail, misdirected or delayed during delivery. Students must log into COR to provide their consent in order to participate in this option.
Important Dates
December 19: Finals week begins
December 23: College closes
December 30: Grades posted after 4:30
January 3: College opens back up
January 10: Spring Grants begin to disburse to student’s accounts
January 17: Spring Semester begins
January 19: Spring Loans begin to disburse to student’s accounts
January 27: Refund process for spring begins; checks are mailed within 7- 10 business days. Direct deposit is highly recommended.

For more information, follow us on twitter @cssonestop or email us at onestop@css.edu

Monday, December 12, 2016

You may be thinking about your payments….

You may be thinking about your payments and managing your finances, we are here to help!
Savvy Saints is a part of WellU Financial and is directed by OneStop Student Services.
  • We are designed to improve the financial confidence and money management habits of students at The College of St. Scholastica.
  • Peer mentors organize and facilitate a variety of personal finance educational experiences, including classroom presentations, workshops, and campus community events.
    • Mentors encourage students to become good stewards of their fiscal resources by equipping them with the tools necessary to achieve their short and long-term financial goals.


    • The main topics covered by the Savvy Saints include budgeting, credit, and debt, but please feel free to contact us with any topics about which you would like to learn more!
    • Create an account for GradReady! Then log in any time to get information on paying for college, money management, and student loan repayment. Read helpful articles, watch videos, and complete quizzes.

St. Scholastica currently has one financial peer mentor, Savvy Saint, Jason Kazlauskas, who works with students on advancing their personal finance knowledge.
Watch for activities sponsored by Financial Literacy, WellU and set up a meeting with a Savvy Saint, https://savvysaints.youcanbook.me/
Please feel free to send questions to Savvy Saints at savvysaints@css.edu.



Monday, December 5, 2016

Spring Career Fairs

Greetings from Career Services!

Winter break is be a great time to talk to your student about spring job and internship fairs.  Two of the largest career fairs that we participate in occur in February, and it not too early to start preparing for them!  Whether a sophomore or a senior, fairs provide a great way to network with many employers all in one location.

The Head of the Lakes Job & Internship Fair, a local fair held at the University of Wisconsin – Superior is on February 8th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  This fair features 80+ local, regional, and national employers.  Details about the Fair can be found at: https://www.uwsuper.edu/career/students/jobfairs.cfm  No registration is required and a shuttle will be running from CSS. 

The Minnesota Private Colleges Job & Internship Fair is open to undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors from any of the Minnesota Private Colleges.  It is held at The Convention Center in Minneapolis. on Wednesday, February 22nd and Thursday, February 23, (interviews only) from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Details about the Fair can be found at: http://www.mnpcfair.org.  A bus will be available from CSS Main Campus to the Fair.  The cost of the Fair is $20 and registration is required through hireSAINTS.
 
Remind your student that to get the most out of the Fair to start early with preparation.  Preparation to attend a fair generally includes:

Resume - have your resume updated and reviewed by Career Services
Elevator pitch – create a one-minute introduction to use when you meet employers  
Research employers – view employers attending on fair website and research those that interest you.
Prepare for an interview – some companies interview on spot or offer pre-arranged interviews.      Check on Fair websites to see which employers pre-select interviewees

Visit Career Services in T2150 regarding questions and preparation  

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Push-Pull of Independence and Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
As your students return home here are a few things to consider:

The Push-Pull of Independence

During the transition to college, your relationship with your child isn’t merely likely to change, it’s certain to change. New and evolving boundaries and major shifts in responsibilities may feel unfamiliar. For students, increased personal freedom seems at the same time wonderful and frightening — as they seek to find balance between their own growing need for self-reliance and their desire for the comforting emotional presence of a parent.
College students are navigators in the difficult waters that separate adolescence from adulthood. As they take more responsibility for their daily lives and develop life skills that are as vital as any academic coursework, it’s important to remain a reliable source of support.

Helicopter Parenting

Fast Fact

College-age children still think of their parents as a primary source of support when times get tough. AnmtvU-Jed Foundation studyshowed 63 percent of students would turn to their parents if they found themselves in emotional distress.
You’re a caring parent who’s involved in your child’s life. Over the years, you researched and sought out the best programs, the most enriching opportunities, and always got your child where she needed to be, fully prepared and on time. You knew what homework assignments had to be done, when they were due, and made sure everything happened in a wisely prioritized and timely fashion. You regularly reviewed (and sometimes helped with) assignments. Perhaps you’ve also intervened on behalf of your child, with teachers, friends or other adults. You did so because you care.
Yet experts agree, when parents cross the line from caring to hovering, they inadvertently stifle their child’s coping capacities. Fortunately, it’s not too late to get your child on the path to practical and emotional independence. How? When you talk, allow your son or daughter to set the agenda for some of your conversations. Work on techniques to give your child the space to build his own resiliency and decision-making skills.
Sources used in this article: MTVu AP College Stress and Mental Health Poll

http://www.transitionyear.org/parent/articles.php?cat=3&id=9