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Support your student’s success

With finals just around the corner, your student may be under a lot of stress and pressure in the coming weeks. As a family member, you may be wondering what you can do to ensure that your young adult is successful and makes healthy decisions.

Don't underestimate the power of moral support. Positive psychology suggests that speaking and hearing positive words can activate the motivational centers of the brain, which in turn encourages us to take positive actions. Practice positive psychology when talking on the phone, sending a text, or via a care package. Even a simple, “Good luck on exams today. I believe in you!” can have a positive impact. But don’t overdo it. If your student doesn’t have time to chat, respect their boundaries and check back in at a time that works for them.

Lastly, remember to encourage your student to make the most of our on-campus resources focused on their well-being, especially the Counseling Center and the Camner Center for Academic Resources.

Aidan Wells is a Health Educator with the Department of Wellness and Recreation. Her professional interests include sexual health, sleep, nutrition, and mental health.


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Sophomore Bucket List

With the help of current juniors and seniors, the ’Cane Success Center assembled the Sophomore Bucket List to identify 11 ways that students can enhance their classroom experience by engaging with the campus and Miami community. 

This series of enriching activities are particularly suited for second-year college students and aims to sharpen their academic, professional, and social skills. Activities are designed to connect students with experiences that will help develop habits to create a foundation for their career and life. 

Encourage your student to make the most of their second year at the University and participate in this great challenge.




A time for rest and reflection

It is exciting to reach the conclusion of a semester as the next two weeks bring our students to final project deadlines and exams. Throughout their preparation, students can continue to take advantage of resources such as tutoring through the Camner Center for Academic Resources or the Math Lab and Writing Center at the Learning Commons.

December always presents me with a much-needed time for reflection and planning. I consider the goals that I have accomplished this year and begin to prepare for next year. This time is important for our students to practice such reflection and preparedness even while resting over winter break.

Additionally, I’d like to wish a warm congratulations to our fall graduates. I look forward to celebrating with you at Commencement on Friday, Dec. 17.

Whether your student is graduating this month, you are a first-time Hurricane parent, or anywhere in between, I hope this has been a good semester for your student and your family. I wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year. If you or your student need anything, do not hesitate to reach out to me at

Dr. Patricia A. Whitely began her service as senior vice president for student affairs in 1997 and is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Whitely is responsible for oversight of residential life, leadership development, diversity and inclusion initiatives, service learning, orientation, student organizations, student activities, student facilities, student counseling and student health centers, Greek life, the Dean of Students Office, and the Camner Center for Academic Resources.




Sign-up for 2022-2023 campus housing

The application for continuing students to apply for on-campus housing for the 2022-2023 academic year will open on Tuesday, Jan. 18. More information about the process and timeline—including our upcoming virtual information sessions—is available on Housing and Residential Life's website.

In the meantime, resident students should begin to plan out their housing options for next year. Below is a list of questions to consider asking your student:

  • Have you thought about where you are going to live next year: on-campus or off-campus?
  • Who do you want to live with next year or are you thinking about living in a single room/apartment?
  • How many friends are you planning to live with? Your room selection priority can be slightly higher if you have at least one roommate and fill a whole apartment or suite.
  • What is your backup plan(s) if your preferred on-campus housing option is not available?
  • How many academic credits have you completed? To live in the University Village apartments, you must have to have completed at least 45 credits to apply and at least 60 credits by August 2022 to move in.
  • Are you interested in living in Gender-Inclusive Housing with your friends?




The beat is back

As we wrap up the fall semester, November was a special month at The U. It was the first time since 2019 that students were able to experience a traditional in-person Homecoming. Students were able to showcase their Hurricanes spirit by competing with their organizations to showcase traditions and come together as one U. The beat is truly back at the University of Miami as the holidays are around the corner.

I encourage both students and their families to take this time to reflect on all the experiences and loved ones around you that have kept you motivated during the semester. Personally, I have been feeling more burnt out compared to previous semesters. If you notice that your student has lost a little bit of motivation or that pep in their step, check in with your student. A simple phone call or text is comforting at times when lots of schoolwork is piling up at once.

We all look forward to the successful end to another semester and the restful winter break that follows as we prepare for the start of spring. I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons ahead! 

Nathalia Torres is a senior majoring in sociology and criminology with minors in health management and policy and public health. She transferred to the University of Miami from Miami Dade College and currently serves as a student assistant. Nathalia is an active member of the President's 100, Category 5, Homecoming Executive Committee, HP Concerts, and the Pre-Physician Assistant Club.



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