Welcome to Terp Parent
Most universities schedule orientations for both first-time college students and parents to help them cope with the changes and demands of the freshman experience. However, the reality is that a child's departure to college affects all members of the family system--not only the student who is leaving and the parents who are letting them go--but also the siblings left behind.
Your student, along with eight million others, is immersed in four of the most important years of his or her life. It is a time that is both exciting and frightening—a period of joy, pain, discovery, and disappointment. With all that is learned and experienced, your son or daughter will no doubt leave the University of Maryland as a different person and, along the way, you will experience much of the same happiness and defeats as does your student.
As the summer shines promisingly on the horizon, perhaps you and your family are looking forward to some travel together, maybe even to an international location. Juggling work schedules, holidays, weddings, graduations, family reunions and all the other obligations and opportunities of this season, however, complicates travel planning.
Spring Break is upon us, and for many students the first collegiate Spring Break experience is a rite of passage. Spring Break is often a time to travel with friends to Mexico, hit the snowy slopes of the Rocky Mountains, head overseas to explore a new place, or participate in a UMD sponsored service-learning trip.
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