Dear UCLA parents and families:
We hope your Bruin has had an enjoyable and productive fall quarter! We, in Parent and Family Programs, have been quite busy this fall welcoming many of you at Move In Weekend, assisting with Student Welcome Receptions across campus, and welcoming many of you back to campus during Parents’ Weekend! Additionally, we have finally rounded out our staff, welcoming Ariel Lawrence as our Program Coordinator, in mid-October. Ariel will be handling many of our day-to-day operations, and if you do happen to call our helpline you will likely be receiving excellent service and support from her!
For those of you who were able to attend Parents' Weekend, we hope you enjoyed the experience and perhaps even had a chance to participate in the #BruinFamily13 photo contest. If you did not have the opportunity to join us, check out the highlights and photos on our Facebook page.
In this issue of the Bruinlink, our contributing writers have provided a wonderful guide to welcoming your student home for the holidays, and provided a number of tips to help your student take advantage of all UCLA has to offer. Jennifer Lindholm, Special Assistant to the Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, provides guidance on how to support your student as they work toward graduation. Nick Theodorou, Senior Director of Alumni Career Programs summarizes how Alumni Affairs is collaborating with a number of departments on campus to provide UCLA students with job and network-related programming and events to set them up for success after graduation. The mother of a graduating senior, and alumna, Melanie Eckford-Prossor shares how she provided guidance to daughter as she struggled to find her place her first year at UCLA. This is a truly inspiring story that is worth the read whether you student is adjusting fine or having a little bit of a hard time.
As always, we invite you to share your feedback on the Bruinlink by emailing us at email@example.com.
Maisha Beasley, M.A.
Office of Parent & Family Programs
Yes, your Bruin is at UCLA for academia and the ultimate goal is to graduate, however, the college experience is much more than just getting good grades. These four years are an opportunity for your student to think critically, challenge their peers, professors and themselves, as the lessons they gain from this learning environment are infinite and are invaluable. Read Jennifer Lindholm’s article on how to help your Bruin discover their passion while keeping a balance between giving them the space and lending a helping hand when needed.
With most students coming to UCLA straight from high school or community college, and the world of academia providing them with structure for almost two straight decades, it is quite common for students to be reluctant about the ‘unknown’ of their future. UCLA’s Alumni Affairs recognizes the trepidation for students preparing to enter the ‘real world’ and Nick Theodorou, Senior Director, Alumni Career Programs outlines the plethora of resources and programming to help ensure your student gains exposure to the multitude of career options and opportunities beyond UCLA.
Social Networking for the UCLA Student: Helping Your Student Build and Maintain a Positive Digital Reputation
When you are with your Bruin, do you ever notice them consistently on their smart phone, iPad or tablet? Less than a decade ago, the constant use of ‘tech’ devices was not nearly as prevalent, and sometimes even considered to be dangerous. However, these new platforms have the potential to increase your student’s reputation throughout their college career and post-graduation. Parent & Family Programs Associate Director, Alexandra Price, takes excerpts from Michelle Jacobs previous Bruinlink article to revisit the importance and potential impact of social media on today’s students.
UCLA is the most-applied to university in the nation, and by no means was your student chosen to be a Bruin by mistake. But what happens when your student isn’t totally enamored with their UCLA experience? UCLA mother and Bruin alum, Melanie Eckford-Prossor, shares her daughter’s less-than-seamless adjustment to the college environment and provides tips to help you and your Bruin find where they fit.