New Family Bruinlink | Summer 2018
Welcome to UCLA!
As parents of two UCLA students – a 2017 graduate and a rising senior – we have seen firsthand how the entire family can share in the UCLA experience. Whether your new Bruin is finishing high school or preparing to transfer from another college, we know that you seek to support your student as they continue their educational journey. UCLA recognizes the importance of family as part of an overall support network enabling your student to thrive. When our older son began his studies at UCLA in 2013, we were enthusiastically welcomed into a community that we now consider our family. We are thrilled to now welcome you as well! Along with our students’ wonderful opportunities for growth at UCLA, you will quickly discover that UCLA invites us to share in that journey.
This special edition of Bruinlink is just for you. The UCLA Office of Parent & Family Programs (PFP) recognizes the changing dynamic of the student/parent relationship as your student becomes more independent. To help facilitate this process, the staff provides a channel to access important information and resources. Bruinlink exists as a quarterly e-newsletter for families of undergraduate students to stay connected with the University and to be aware of campus services, issues, opportunities, and a wealth of amazing campus events available to you and your student. The UCLA PFP also provides a special telephone and email helpline specifically for Bruin parents and families. This is a valuable resource that acts as a liaison on our behalf to all parts of the University.
Lastly, there are wonderful opportunities for parents and family members to become directly involved with the UCLA campus community. The UCLA Parents’ Council and the Parent & Family Association exist to coordinate and offer support to this exceptional University. As the 2018-19 Parents’ Council Co-Chairs, we invite you to consider applying to become a member of our council. It is a unique way to personally experience the optimism and passion embodied by the Bruin community. We truly love and treasure the privilege of serving as volunteers on the campus that has become so dear to our family. Little did we know that, in addition to our students receiving a world-class education at the #1 public university in the nation, we would also embark upon our own life-changing journey with like-minded families and the incredibly devoted staff at UCLA. We wish you the very best this summer and look forward to seeing you all at Bruin Family Weekend which will take place October 26-28, 2018.
Dan and Helen Low, Parents ’17, ‘19
Interested in Creating Your Own Bruin Experience?
Apply to be a member of the 2018-19 Parents’ Council! As the governing body of the Parent & Family Association, the council is comprised of dedicated parent volunteers who serve as ambassadors for UCLA. Council members engage with parents to foster connections and build partnerships with the University, assist with outreach to current and prospective families, and represent the parent perspective on the UCLA experience.
Supporting Your Student’s College Transition
Dr. Crystal I. Lee ’05 is a clinical psychologist specializing in emerging adulthood. In this article, Dr. Lee shares her advice on approaching your student’s upcoming transition to college. From discussing your student’s strengths and areas for growth to encouraging the development of important college-readiness skills, there are a number of ways to support your student in jump-starting their success at UCLA.
Bruin Family Insights | All About Orientation
As your family begins to think about your student’s transition to UCLA, New Student Orientation and Family Orientation are sure to be important topics of conversation. This bonus episode of Bruin Family Insights, UCLA Parent & Family Programs’ monthly virtual discussion series, is exclusively designed to help new Bruin families answer any lingering questions about this important transitional resource. View the discussion to understand why orientation is an important resource for the entire family and gain clarity regarding what to expect at each session.
Understanding UCLA’s Acronyms and Phrases
Navigating campus can be overwhelming, especially when every office and program seem to have an acronym or name that is nearly impossible to decipher. Have no fear, PFP is here! We have provided you with a basic overview of key UCLA acronyms from housing to student life and advising so you know how to navigate campus IRL (in real life).
Important Dates & Deadlines
July 1 | Housing Payment Due
July 1 | Transcripts Due
July 9 | Orientation Sessions Begin
July 20 | Parking Application Due
July 23 | Parents’ Council Application Due
Aug. 22 | Fall Fees Assessed
Sept. 20 | Fall BruinBill Due
Sept. 20 | UCSHIP Waiver Deadline
Sept. 20-22 | Move-In Weekend
Sept. 27 | Classes Begin
Key Links & Information
|All registered students are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP health benefits. If you do not want to keep UC SHIP for your student, you must submit a request to waive enrollment by Sept. 20, 2018.|
|Is your student moving into a residence hall this fall? Visit the housing move-in site to make sure your student is prepared.|
|You and your student can connect with UCLA before stepping foot on campus this fall. Check out the 2018 New Bruin Send-off website to see if there is one near you!|