February Monthly Tips

Academics. Encourage your student to utilize the Student Success Center resources to receive extra help in certain classes. Resources include peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, writing labs and more!

Commencement. Families can learn when their spring 2020 graduate’s ceremony will take place by visiting the Commencement website. Local hotels and restaurants will book quickly for Commencement weekend, so think about making your reservations soon.

Conversation Kick-Starters. Looking to have meaningful conversations with your South Carolina student? The Parent & Family Programs mobile application hosts conversation topics and questions on a variety of subjects to encourage discussion between you and your student. New posts are added monthly to help keep the conversation going.

Off-Campus Housing Search. Students who are still searching for next year’s housing can attend one of the Spring 2020 Off-Campus Housing Expos Feb. 6 and April 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They can meet with representatives from local student apartment communities and can get their off-campus housing questions answered by the Office of Off-Campus Living & Neighborhood Relations.  

Parents Association. Join the dues-free Parents Association! You’ll receive monthly e-newsletters and other timely information from the Office of Parent & Family Programs to keep you updated. It’s the best way for parents and families to stay connected to South Carolina!

Scholarships. Now is the time for students to think about applying for departmental scholarships (deadlines vary) to offset costs for the 2020-21 academic year.

Spring Break. Spring break is right around the corner, March 8-15. Have a conversation with your student about their plans during the break. Encourage your student to make safe and responsible choices whether they’re on campus, traveling, or home with you. As a reminder, residence halls will close for the break March 8 at 10 a.m. and reopen March 15 at 8 a.m. The Greek Village will close for the break March 6 at 6 p.m. and reopen March 15 at noon.

Stress Management. If your student is feeling stressed or overwhelmed, encourage them to schedule an appointment with Counseling and Psychiatry. South Carolina students who have paid the student health fee are eligible to receive most counseling services at no additional charge. Please note that students who request more than 10 individual visits per academic year may incur additional charges.

Undergraduate Research. Students who have participated in undergraduate research are encouraged to apply for Discover USC, an annual event to be held April 17 for undergraduates to showcase their scholarly pursuits in and out of the classroom. The deadline for students to register is March 6.