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Class of 2019
October 2015
Freshman Family Newsletter 
Dear Class of 2019 Families,

It's officially autumn! Pumpkin-flavored beverages are on the rise at Aromas, leaves are falling on the Sunken Garden, and your student is hitting their stride here at William & Mary. October brings midterms to W&M students, but the true highlight of the month is Fall Break. Whether your student is coming home, taking a Branch Out alternative break trip, or simply staying in Williamsburg, be sure to remind them that Fall Break is a wonderful time to decompress and take a well-deserved break from academics.

Sincerely,
Greg and Lisa Packer P'16, P'19
pfcleadership@wm.edu 
Residence Life
Fall brings cooler weather. If your student lives in a building with AC, visit the Housing Contract  and click on Air Conditioners to learn about our procedures for shut down in buildings that are not individually controlled.

It's never too early to make travel plans. Find out which breaks the halls stay open and which one we close down for on our website. 
 
Fall is wonderful time for students to attend awesome programs and events in their halls. Residence Life staff offers dozens of programs, on various topics, every week throughout the communities. Encourage your students to take a break and enjoy some hall fun. 
 
Don't forget to like William & Mary Residence Life on Facebook and follow wmreslife on Instagram and Twitter.
Free for Fall Break? Fall Break is free!
Alternative breaks are student-led service-learning trips where students are educated about social issues, partner with a community organization to address that issue, and continue as active citizens in the home community. This Fall Break, Branch Out is offering three trips, all free of cost, to students - focusing on child homelessness in Norfolk, food insecurity and sustainable food systems in Goochland, and re-entry for formerly incarcerated individuals in Richmond. These three-day trips are a great way for students to shift gears, learn and build community with other dedicated students. 
First-Year Initiatives
Essential First Year Initiatives
The Office of First-Year Experience's Essential First Year Initiative programs are wrapping up in the coming week. Students have attended programs about topics like Bystander Intervention, Community Values, Tribe Unity, and Healthful Relationships. There have been many great conversations in these programs, and hopefully incoming students have left their sessions with a better understanding of what it means to be a member of the Tribe!
  
Upcoming Initiatives
As Essential FYIs wrap up, some of our other First-Year Initiatives will be starting. These will include opportunities for first year students to get to know faculty members outside the classroom, get involved in the William & Mary community, and celebrate many campus events and traditions!

Opportunities for Study Abroad
In the most recent report released by the Institute of International Education, W&M had the highest percentage of undergraduates studying abroad among public universities in the U.S. Some students have even gone abroad more than once! Of this year's graduating class, over 600 students studied abroad in more than 60 countries around the world. Have questions about the opportunities available to your student? Study Abroad workshops are held daily, and the Global Education Office has walk-in hours 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
Majors, Milk, and Cookies
Demystify the major and career selection decision in this interactive workshop co-presented by Academic Advising and the Cohen Career Center. Here, your student will learn about the thought process behind, as well as the logistical process of deciding on major and narrowing career options through resources and personal interest assessments. We will be available to answer all your questions about majors, minors and the declaration process. Did we mention there will be cookies?
There will be two sessions of this workshop: Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00pm or Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00pm.
We want to hear from you!
You and your students are important to us. How can we better serve you? Please let us know if there's information you need or topics you'd like to see addressed.
Contact us at families@wm.edu.
Your support makes a difference! This year your gifts to the Parents Fund will support these and many more projects!
 Support our students with a gift to the Parents Fund today!

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