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Senior Year

Maryland Seniors photo with President Loh
2 female student one with red M painted on her cheek

Senior year is a time of finalization, reflection, and transition. In addition to wrapping up coursework, many students are also completing internships and conducting a search for graduate school or full-time employment. While balancing these responsibilities, students also spend time celebrating and reflecting on their college careers, checking off items on their UMD or College Park “bucket list” by attending university and community events. As the year’s end approaches, students prepare for a major transition; in a short time, they will be saying “see you later” to familiar faces and environment. Parents can provide important emotional and practical support during this transition.

The senior mentality seems to be “work hard, play hard” as students balance completing their degree requirements and solidifying post-graduation plans with soaking in last opportunities and festivities. Senior students might also battle occasional lapses of motivation commonly known as “senioritis.” Many students will be excited to celebrate their post-graduation arrangements, but students without firm post-graduation plans might feel directionless or worried. With Commencement seemingly around the corner, a bittersweet feeling combines students’ real-world trepidation with readiness for their next steps.

As your student searches for job or graduate school opportunities, encourage both proactivity and patience, and remind them of the many resources available to aid with their job search. Seek opportunities to scaffold independence for your student. If they haven’t already learned, teach them about bill paying and other processes, and transfer more responsibility to them to prepare them for full independence after graduation. If applicable, discuss student loan repayment. Finally, attend Commencement and celebrate your student’s achievements!

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Whether it’s medical school, graduate school, or the job market, interviewers have been working diligently to admit and accept the most academically qualified candidates. 

Are you worried that when you talk to your student on the phone, they seem to be doing anything but studying? Or conversely, do they seem to be studying all the time? The truth is students can't and shouldn't work and study every chance they get. Click here to learn 6 ways your Terp can become more active and successful!

Prudent universities everywhere are turning to bike shares to solve their transportation needs, and the University of Maryland is no exception. Here’s everything you need to know about this important and exciting facet of our transportation network.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Department of Resident Life is committed to providing on-campus housing to the greatest number of students possible. Looking ahead to next fall, we recommend that you begin considering next year's housing plans with this outlook in mind.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Learn how the university is prepared for Mumps on campus.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The 2015 Annual Safety and Security Report is available for your review. Statistics comparing crime over the previous three years are outlined in the report. 

Mar 08 : Giving Day

Arts. Scholarships. Action learning. Innovative teaching. Life-saving research discoveries. Your gifts to the University of Maryland have the power to influence change for our students and faculty. Whether you give $10 or $10,000 your support on Giving Day, March 8, will help bring the fearless ideas of our students and faculty to life. Join this global event and transform lives.

Mar 19 : Spring break begins
Mar 26 : Spring break ends
Apr 29 : Maryland Day