News and Deadlines
We know you look forward to having your student home for Thanksgiving vacation, but the reality of holiday reunions frequently fails to match expectations. It is not easy to slip back into traditional family patterns when students have been gone for a few months...or years! Here are some tips for the upcoming long weekend:
- Talk with your student prior to break about balancing family obligations and their plans with friends.
- Discuss use of the family car, curfews, meal time, and other household expectations.
- Let your student know of any big changes around the house, and ask of any big changes in their life (you don’t want to be surprised by a new tattoo or diet change!)
- Don’t be alarmed if the first thing your student wants to do is nap.
- Expect a pile of laundry.
- This is a busy time of the semester for many students-some may have to carve some time out of the vacation to study.
- Remember that-even if this is your student’s first semester in college-they have already experienced a lot and is growing into the adult they will become.
- Enjoy your time together!
What’s on Your Mind?
What’s on Your Mind is a confidential drop-in service offering informal consultation and support with a professional counselor outside of the counseling center. This service allows students to see what it is like to talk to a counselor and provides support in building resiliency and skills needed to address concerns that may not warrant ongoing counseling but benefit from a consultation. Common concerns addressed during What’s on Your Mind include anxiety, academic stress, relationship concerns, conflict resolution, homesickness, financial stressors, and identity exploration. What’s on Your Mind is currently available to students in the following locations and times:
- International Student Services Office
- Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Commuter Lounge (basement of Campus Center):
- Tuesday biweekly 3-4 p.m.
- The Den (residence hall tunnels)
- Thursdays 4-5 p.m.
RIT’s second annual Giving Tuesday’s Hunger Project is taking place Tuesday, November 27 from 12-4 p.m. in the Gordon Field House. This year, we will be packaging 50,000 meals for the RIT and Rochester community in honor of RIT’s 50th Anniversary at the Henrietta Campus. At this high energy event, students and community members will assemble meals in teams in partnership with Feeding Children Everywhere, an organization committed to providing healthy meals to those in need domestically and globally. Volunteers are needed—encourage your student to sign up on the Hunger Project page.
Spring semester billing notices will be sent on December 6, 2018 and are due by January 15, 2019. More information about payment options can be found on the Student Financial Services website.
My Bus Home
My Bus Home arranges one-way and round-trip transportation for all academic breaks in private, fully-insured motor coach buses with restrooms, DVD and Wi-Fi. The buses pick up on campus and go to/from central locations in:
- Allentown and Plymouth Meeting, PA and Bridgewater, NJ
- NYC (Penn Station), Jericho, and Islandia, Long Island
- White Plains and Albany, NY
- Mechanicsburg, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Arlington, VA
- Ludlow and Newton, MA and Londonderry, NH
Maximum occupancy is 50 students per bus; a minimum of 30 students is required. Thanksgiving buses are now full; the deadlines to reserve a spot for winter break are November 23 (home) and December 24 (RIT return). For more information and to make a reservation, please sign up at www.mybushome.com.