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Parents E-Newsletter Fall/Winter 2010
Tips from Parents Fund Council
The Parents Fund Council consists of parent volunteers who provide leadership support for the Parents Fund. Recently, we asked members of Council to share advice with fellow UD parents. Here is what they had to say about issues ranging from packing for college and visits home, to Parents & Family Weekend and exploring the quaint college town of Newark.
Your student has been living an independent life for several months. We know how hard it is, but try not to enforce a strict curfew. You may want to establish a new time and stick to it, or perhaps you may decide that curfews are not necessary. Whatever you decide, it’s important that you discuss these issues with your student.
Has your student developed unhealthy eating habits in college? When your student is at home, make nutritious meals and snacks available, and encourage him or her to make healthier choices at school. Make sure your student is familiar with Healthy Hens, which provides health and wellness services and information on improving student exercise, nutrition, and sleep.
Take a mini-vacation to Newark. Pick a long weekend to visit your UD student but take some time for you. Bring your bike to tour the campus. Take a long walk in White Clay Creek State Park; see a show at Roselle Center for the Arts; or attend a sporting event. Explore the quaint town of Newark by yourself or with your student. Have lunch at Klondike Kate’s and dinner at Café Gelato.
For parents looking for running or walking routes, this map is handy. One UD parent suggested a running route beginning at the stadium, heading toward campus on South College Avenue, turning right onto East Main Street, right onto Academy Street, right onto East Delaware Avenue, right back onto South College Avenue, back down East Main Street, right onto Academy Street, right onto East Delaware Avenue, and finally, left onto South College back to the stadium. It’s not only a nice run, but a great way to see and experience life at UD!
Delaware is the home of tax free shopping! In addition to browsing the unique shops on Main Street, be sure to visit the Christiana Mall.
When driving north on I-95 from Maryland, take the Elkton Road exit to avoid the Delaware toll plaza, saving both time and money.
If you are planning to attend UD's Parents & Family Weekend at the University
October 14-16, 2011, be sure to make hotel reservations early. Hotels sell out quickly!
Have your student use the Career Services Center early and often, starting with resume preparation and review, through job placement.
If your student wishes to live off campus, ask if the landlord allows students to sign individual leases and pay rent directly to the management company. This avoids the hassle of having one student collect monthly rent from the other residents.