Ask us Anything with Flagler College Parents & Families

Ask us Anything with Flagler College Parents & Families

August 27, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


– Hi parents and families
of Flagler College. We’re here with our live
ask me anything panel. I’m Jill Dawson, I’m the
director of First Year Experience and I’m gonna let our other
panelists introduce themselves before we get to some questions. – Hi, I’m Tara Stevenson. I’m the director of the
Career Development Center. – Hi, I’m Terri Hall, one of the associate
directors in Financial Aid. – Hi, I’m Samara Gluck and I am part of the Parent
Leadership Committee. – Hi, I’m Michelle Holland and I’m the director of Residence Life. – I’m Tim Mellon, I’m the
director of Student Activities. – So this is our first live event. We may have some problems. We appreciate you guys hanging with us. So I’m gonna kick it off
with one question of my own before we turn to your questions. So if you guys could
give incoming students or parents one piece of advice. What would it be? Why don’t we start with you Tim. – Sure, I think the big
thing is try to get to know as many people as possible
once you start getting in here. You’re probably coming in
with very little friend groups or friendships already. So just try to get
outside your comfort zone and really meet as many faculty, staff and students as you can. – My biggest piece of advice would be to be cognizant of what
you bring on move in day. Look at the size of your room. Talk to your roommates,
access the necessities because if you come with a lot of stuff. I can guarantee you it’s not
all gonna fit in your room. – As a parent, I can
tell you ask questions. Everybody here wants to help you and then you’ll know what
to bring in for move in day. What you need, what you don’t need and how to get around the campus. – For financial aid, I would
say the most important thing is to keep an eye on your
email that you receive and always open it, don’t ignore it. Has important information, things, documents that you may need, your award, different things like that. Email’s your friend. – My piece of advice is
your student may come to you and want to try something
really outside of the box or add something random
like a new major or minor that they had never talked about, and my advice to you is to
really support them in that and let them try it out. Try that different class,
try that different club or organization. Be supportive of them as they’re trying to figure things out. – And this is all great pieces of advice. For the parents out there, I really encourage you
to get your students in the habit of reaching
out to us on their own. We know sometimes you have to
remind them a hundred times, nag them a little bit to send that email, make that phone call. We really wanna work
with them and help them so encourage them to get into that habit. We don’t have any questions just yet so if you guys are tuning in, comment in the section on the live feed and we’ll be happy to take
any questions you have about anything and if we
don’t know the answer, we’ll try to find it. What are some pf the most common,
frequently asked questions that you guys get to your
offices from students, that maybe we can answer now? Why don’t we go the other way this time. Tara, why don’t you start. – Your student will be employed
or go to graduate school after their time here at Flagler. It may take a little bit of
time but they eventually will. Parents are always wondering the ROI and things will work out for them. They will find opportunities. The more that they work as students to find this opportunities
and be proactive. The better opportunity they will have. The faster they will have and
which will create a lot less anxiety on your part and
on the students part. – How about you Terri? We know you guys are
busy this time of year. – Yes, I think one of the
most popular questions is when is my refund coming. Refunds do not come until after a drop ad and then even once drop ad ends. It’s not right a way. We have to make sure that the
students are in the correct number of classes and meet
the requirements for whatever financial aid they may have. – I guess one of the more
popular questions would be what is the parent leadership council. And it’s really just a volunteer
group that gets together just a couple times of year for meetings. And we help out at move in
day, we help with the parents and getting them kind of situated. We meet with the president at the meetings and we get to be part of the
community of Flagler College. – One of the biggest
ones I’m getting now is when am I gonna get my housing assignment. June 1st. With it, we do our best to accommodate all roommate requests,
suite mate requests. We do the best that we can. It may not be perfect but
encourage your students to be open minded to it. This is a new experience for everybody and it’s this one unifying experience that all of our incoming students have. They’re all gonna be nervous, even if the other
students say they’re not. They’re lying, they’re nervous. (laughing) And with it when you come in, we’re gonna configure the rooms
to give them the most floor space possible so the
beds might be bunked, but we’re trying to make sure that they have that floor space. As well as with step
brothers, more floor space, more activities. (laughing) – How about you Tim? – Sure, the thing I get asked
the most is how do I find out what’s happening on campus. And there’s a number of ways,
like you were saying earlier. Email is your friend, you’re
gonna get weekly email from multiple offices. You’ll get email right
throughout the week of things that are gonna happen
that day, later that week. There is flyers all our campus
that show upcoming events and then we have our website,
www.flagler.edu/thehammock that has a counter of all
the events that are coming up throughout the academic year. – Alright, let’s see, oh we finally are getting
some questions, awesome. Let’s see what we’ve got here. Oh good question so what
are the top five essentials needed by freshman? I’ll go ahead and chime in with one answer ’cause it’s raining today. It’s rain boots and a great umbrella, so make sure you bring those. It does rain a lot here and it does flood. Michelle what would you say
are the top five essentials? – Mattress pad for your bed, twin excel ’cause they’re gonna spend a lot of time. You think they’re gonna
study at their desks? They don’t, they study in their beds. Cleaning supplies, toilet
paper and two other things. Definitely a good computer
or access to something ’cause a lot of their
work is gonna be online and it’s become very digital. And then open mindedness, honestly because it’s a new
experience and that’s something you’re gonna hear from all of us. Keeping to reemphasize
over and over again. Just being open minded to new
experiences and new people. – Would you guys add
anything to that list? – I think if that last
one’s a little bit hard, bring some really good headphones. ’cause them you can tune
out when you need to. – Yes.
– Yes. – It can also be respectful of others when you’re getting into something. – Sunscreen. – Yes, sunscreen, bug spray. We were talking about the bugs earlier. You’re in Florida, if you’re
coming from out of state. We do have a lot of bugs here in Florida. We’ve got a question here from Rhonda, is there an advisor
available during the summer to help with schedules? Yes, absolutely. Your student, once they’re
clear to register will receive an email with their first year advisor or their academic advisors
contact information. Some of our faculty are
traveling during the summer. They’re leading study abroad. They’re off doing research. We know that sometimes
they can be slow to reply. If they’re having any trouble
reaching their advisor, they can always reach out to me. My email is just [email protected] and I’ll be happy to help
them create their schedules. So let’s see, oh we got a question, another question about housing from Dawn. When will students be notified of who their roommate will be? – They will be able to
find that out on June 1st when housing assignments
are released through their myflagler account and
their roommate will be listed right next to their room assignment. – We’ve got a number
of questions coming in about computer options. So Leslie, Holly and Julie all asked about what kind of laptop
that students will need depending on their major. I believe that our Fine
Arts majors are often encouraged to get a Mac product
if I remember correctly. A Mac book to help with some
of the software they need. I know that Mac something
that is sturdy and reliable PC or Mac works great. Students can get some free
or discounted software through our IT program but if
they have specific questions about requirements. They can always reach
out to our IT department at supportflagler.edu. Let’s see what else do we have here. Business computers, keep
those questions coming in while we’re waiting on
some more to come in. What are some under
utilized campus resources that maybe students don’t know or hear or they’re not reaching out to them, that could really help them
during that transition? – I would say one area is
the learning resource center because they do provide tutors,
because it is a different realm than high school is. Classes could be a little bit
harder and a lot of the tutors there are students so it would
be peer to peer interaction. That would assist them within
that transitional period. – Anything else? How about you guys offer a
lot of budgeting workshop throughout the year. – We do and highly recommend
that all students come no matter if you’re a
freshman, sophomore, senior. We do not have a lot of turnel yet but we do offer a lot of
information about finances. How to budget your money, spending. We talk about loans if you
have loans and how that works and things like that which is very helpful preparing a student for even
once they’re out of school. – Absolutely, we know it’s expensive. We wanna help you. See Jerry says, “I
appreciate the notification “about the weather warnings this morning “even though we aren’t there yet.” That’s a great segway to
maybe talking a little bit about safety. We know parents are
concerned about safety. Michelle, you work quite a
bit on safety at the college. Can you talk a little bit
about how we keep students informed and how they
can stay safe on campus? – Yeah, of course so we
use an app called LiveSafe. So you can go on Apple or
Android and download it. It’s the blue icon. There’s two and with it on there, it has emergency numbers. It has all of our
emergency management plans so that parents and
students have access to it. It keeps us up to date on information such as the weather warning. When we have the hurricanes or even if there is
something going on in town. It’s a really great resource
and my favorite part of it is it’s got a watch app. Like so if you download it
and your student downloads it and they connect. You can watch your student
walk home from work. You can watch your student
walk home or walk from class to their residence hall
or to a friend’s house. That’s an extra layer of
safety because you know their location and you’re able to get them help if they need it. As well as we do have
blue boxes on campus. We have swipe cards in and
out of all of our buildings and a security force that’s
very up to date on training and wanting to engage
with the students as well. – Fantastic. Dawn asks, “Are there restrictions “with freshman working a job?” Tara do you wanna talk a little bit about students working on or off campus even from their arrival? – Yeah absolutely. Coming and starting at
Flagler, starting in college is a huge transition for
everyone because life is really changing to being at home versus being on your own and figuring out how about where I’ll work. Students can absolutely begin working once they arrive on campus. My personal opinion I encourage
students to figure out the lay of the land first semester. Figure out their study schedule. Their workload within the classroom. Their connections then
socializing off campus and around campus first
and then look out a job to kind of balance that time. There are no restrictions
for students to begin working once they arrive on campus. There are limited on campus opportunities. The ones that are paid positions very, very few and far between
however we have a work study program that is run through financial aid. It is needs based and so
you would need to connect with your financial aid counselor. However our office
really connects students with opportunities that are off campus. So if you’re looking to walk somewhere. Look locally, down St. Birch street or right up and down Kings street. Or if you’re looking to
travel a little bit more, a 10, 15 minute car ride
then we can help with that. – Awesome, let’s,
– May I say something? – Yeah go ahead Terri. – Speaking of work study. If you’re interested in work
study, it is six hours a week. So it’s not a lot. Of course your number one job is school. If you do work study, the
money actually goes to you. It does not reduce the
cost of your tuition so that pay check goes
directly to the student. – And we love our work study students. I’m sure everybody up here has them. We love to get the labor. Donya has a question
about the LiveSafe app. She said, “What’s the app name again?” It is Live Safe, spelled
just like it sounds and you can search
LiveSafe in the app store to find it and download. Let’s see if a student
is not bringing a car. Is there a bus or shuttle to the beach? How do you guys see
students getting around town and how does some of our
shuttle options work? – We do send an orientation
package that we will send to the parents with
information on shuttles, either to the airport or to the beach. And a lot of the times the
students will make friends and they carpool to the beach, even if they have their own vehicle. A big group of them will
go together as well. – What about options for
our security shuttle? Will the security shuttle
pick them up anywhere around town especially at night? With it, it’s got limited, it will pick them up
anywhere on our campus and drop them off on our campus as well. As well as security officers
will walk individuals between buildings into an
order that’s security as well. – Another financial aid question. Who do I contact for
discussing scholarships and is there still time to
apply before the fall semester? This is from Robert. – It is, there is still time
to apply for financial aid if you have not done that yet. The federal application is the FASFA. www.fasfa.ed.gov. You’ll wanna use your 2015 tax information both the student and one
of the parents will need to receive a pin in
order electronically sign that federal application
and I recommend that. And you would log into
user id to receive that pin and I would write that down because you’ll use it the
whole time you’re in college, and even if you go to grad school. Scholarships I would say check
with your guidance counselor, local organizations in
town have scholarships. Look at other areas surrounding your town or outside your town as far
as scholarships for Flagler. Most of those scholarships
have been given out. A lot of the freshman do
not receive scholarships until they’ve been here for awhile. Not unless you’ve been awarded
something from the missions office and they notify us
of those students who have received those and that’s
in the reward package. But as I said, keep an eye on your email because we do send an email
out after the first of the year for our scholarship line to go up. And then that’s when
you would start applying for scholarships for Flagler because they want you
to be here for awhile to see what your GPA is
and see how you’re doing in order to receive some
of the scholarships. – What about deadlines if
families or students don’t quite have all their paperwork in and they’re still looking
to apply for some loans. When do you guys need that information in? – Of course as soon as possible. We can not actually
release any funds until we have all the documents needed. Let’s say if you’re
selected for verification. We have to have all those documents because the money will not disburse and our business office
can not see the funds if there’s missing information. But again you may not
have the funds in place right away or your documents
but once you get them in then the funds can be released. – So we got a question here from Rhonda that I know we get quite
a bit from our students. Can students use command
hooks in the residence halls and if not, what can they use? – They can not command strips
in the residence halls. It pulls off our paint. With it there’s a blue
or yellow poster putty is what we recommend using. Also within the residence halls depending on which one it is. Ponce hall has bulletin
boards and some stripes that they’re able to tack
things onto within the rooms and Cedar and Lewis both
have bulletin boards as well that individuals are
able to hang stuff on. – Awesome. We got a number of
questions here from Sherry. She wants to know about dorm location. Those will be posted at the same time those roommates assignments are posted so they’ll get to see their room. Is the parking pass available online? I don’t believe those
have been released yet by our business office but
students will get an email when those are available for purchase and they can log in
online and purchase it, or they can purchase it when
they get to campus in August. Is there a sink and mirror in the room? – There are in some rooms. Depending on the building. Ponce, some rooms have sinks
in them, some rooms don’t. Cedar, all the rooms have sink
and mirrors within the room. Lewis, it’s within the bathroom. FEC it is within the room and either hall it is within the room. – Who stocks the bathroom? The shower curtain liner, toilet paper. – The individuals coming in . – Okay so students should bring anything and everything they’re gonna
need for that bathroom? – Yes. – Should the student bring an area rug? – It depends on which
building that they’re in. I would really recommend
seeing your room first. Kind of gauging what it looks like because you can look at the floor plans but it can be difficult
to gauge where it’s at. – What all comes in the rooms? Let’s just put that out there. When the students arrive what
always gonna be in their room? – They will have a bed,
mattress, desk, chair, dresser and closet per student. – And what about a microwave? – Oh yes, it comes with micro fridges and microwaves as well. – So you don’t have to pack
that, I see your question here about microwaves and fridges. So those will already be in there. Let’s see when are monies due
for first semester payment? I believe those go out July 1st. – August 1st is payment deadline. We’ll be sending for freshmen coming in or transfer students, new students. Bills, I’ve been told should
go out by the end of June. Hopefully, it will be a paper
bill but once you’ve been here say your second semester you
need to look at your emails, because that’s where
you’ll see what you owe. Paper bills will only
go out as a freshman, that first semester. – Is there a financial
aid award for the year or do students have to
reapply for semester? – It’s for the year normally sometimes parents may apply for a
parent loan for one semester and not do it for the second semester and then they would have to reapply. My recommendation is figure
out what you need for the year and do it for the whole year fall, spring. That way you’re not worrying
that you’re gonna be short come spring if something happens. – And for students who’ve
received those final aid award packages what’s the deadline
for them to accept that award? – I would recommend
accepting it right away. Of course if it’s not accepted and it’s still showing pending
that’s not gonna show up on your account in the business office. So your balance is going to be higher. So I would go ahead and accept
whatever aid that you want and if you choose not to
choose to take something. Decline it, I would
recommend taking everything. The only thing that possibly
you would maybe wanna decline would be the student loans
but all the other aid. I would take because that’s money that you don’t have to pay back. Not unless it’s a student
loan or a private loan. – We’ve got a question here
from Sherry about books. So you’ve gone through this with your students here at Flagler. – Right. – What did you find to be
the best options for books and end date? Do they go to the book store link? They buy used books? – They’ve kind of done it all. They have gone to the book store and purchase books that they want to keep. Mostly they rent text
books because a textbook once you’ve used it,
unless you got a class that’s gonna use it twice. You don’t really need it. If it’s within your major and it’s got a good chunk of
what you’re going to be using in the future. Then there have been books
they have chosen to keep and those they do purchase. – And those book lists will
usually be posted around August 1st on our book store website, which is flaglercollegebookstore.com and you could comparison
and shop on the website. You can get the list there. You can reserve your
books, you can rent them, the whole nine yards. Do students need ethernet cable? – They don’t have to, we do provide wifi within all of our residence halls but they do have the option to plug in with an ethernet cable if they so choose. – Do a lot of students bring
printers, their own printers or do they usually use
our campus printers? – I would say 50/50, it depends
on the student honestly. – A printer is a lot of space. – Yeah, our rooms are tiny. They’re pretty small. Students are allocated a
print budget every semester and these are free to them, and they can print in the library. They can print anywhere,
other computer labs on campus. And the other question
about the book list. Will it be available for each
class before the first day. For the most part, yes. There are occasionally classes
that don’t have assigned book for the class but otherwise, they will be posted at
flaglercollegebookstore.com. Usually around August 1st. Oh, we’ve got a question
about internships. If students go further into their degree, could they apply for internships? This is from Dawn. What do you think Tara? – Absolutely, we’re seeing
a trend of more and more students interning for
credit and it’s become apart of their curriculum within their major. Across the board we regularly
see students begin interning their junior year once
they’ve reach 60 credits according to each major. They will all have their own prerequisites whether it’s certain classes
that they need to complete before they can intern or if they need to have a
specific GPA requirement. Our office loves to connect
students to the internship opportunities because many
of the local organizations find it as a good opportunity
to find some youthful aspects and perspectives
to things to get students in there to get some practical experience. – Leah is asking about her daughter, who’s coming in as a transfer
student who’s gonna be living on campus for her first year. What are the meal plan options for students living on campus? – All incoming students are required to have a full meal plan. If they choose to live on
campus for their second year or third or fourth where
they will have options to choose a meal plan
but all incoming students are going have to have the full meal plan. – So Mary asks is it welcome
for students to check in with teachers throughout
the year about their grade and how they are doing? It’s not just welcomed, it’s
encouraged, it’s emphasized. Professors hold a certain number
of office hours each week. They want students to come
by and the earlier they start coming to them for help
if they’re struggling, the more options that are available. Most of our professors
use an online learning management system called
Canvas and they typically will post assignments and grades there. Track attendance there. So students can track
some of their own progress but yes it’s welcomed. They’re welcome to go see
their professor anytime. Email them, come see them,
go see their advisor. Go see the learning resource center. All these people here
that want to help them. Got a question about the parent leadership council from Dawn. How can a parent be part of
the parent leadership council if they don’t live in St. Augustine? – Well there’s other activities. There’s recruiting
outside of St. Augustine. I live in Windermere which is actually just outside of Orlando. And I’ve done events in the area. I have come up here
because it’s only two hours and they’re people out of state
that recruit in their area. You can help out when you
come in for a parent’s weekend and be apart of the weekend. You help out on move in day and
even if you’re out of state. You’re still moving in so
there’s ways to become involved even if you’re not a local. – Okay, Mary is asking a
question about internships in Washington, D.C. What kind of internships do
we have in Washington, D.C. And are there options for
students to set up their own internship? – Yes to both. D.C., New York, California. We’re seeing those are
some really big hot spots of where students are wanting to intern. It’s a fun and exciting and new place and so we are developing connections with internships sites there. Whether they’re established
internship sites that are connected with other
schools and are bringing more students in or that it’s
just more local organizations. We also have huge alumni
groups that are in those areas and so we really like
to tap into our alumni because alumni love giving
back in some sort of way whether it’s through that mentorship. Well offer an internship
which is that connection. Students are really given
the opportunity to utilize the network that’s given to them on campus whether it’s through our office. Whether it’s through
their intern coordinators and their different departments or say that they find
something on their own through a discussions with family. Through their own kind of part time work or just engagements with other people. They have the opportunity to bring that to their intern coordinator
or bring it onto campus to formalize it into a
four credit internship. – Tim, your office oversees
our student orientation, our building your legacy
student orientation. What can our parents expect? What do they take part
of during orientation and what can they expect
when they arrive to campus? – Sure, the first thing that
you’re gonna be apart of is the mad house that is move in. – Organized chaos. – Yeah, it’s wild time
but we have the timeframes that everybody will get and
that’s your move in time. You’ll get your key,
you’ll go up to the room. You’ll get to see it for the first time. It’s really exciting but unfortunately we have to keep people moving
because we have lots of people moving in this place. I think that’s the first thing
that you’re going to expect is that that time is really
exciting but it’s really quick. You’re gonna be in and out. We meet you in our parking garage and then you have the
day with your student. We also have a parent
session where parents will sit down with some of
the higher administration. Learn more about what it
means to be an active parent at Flagler College. There’s two sessions for
those during the same day. That way you don’t have to miss it and that’s parents. No students allowed to attend that. Once that’s over I mean we
really have Sunday to yourselves. Students do have things
that they do have to go to and parents are encouraged to support them but we really try to get
the students involved as quickly as possible so when
you drop off your students. Just wave goodbye and say wish you luck but we do encourage the
students to get involved and to be independent as quick as possible because that’s the transition
that they’re in the middle of. So outside of moving in
and the parent’s session, we really encourage you guys to come back in a weekend, later in the semester but we try to get those students move in as quickly as possible. – What are some things that
you guys think that parents can do over the next couple
of months to help prepare their students for transition, and maybe to help prepare
themselves for the transition? Tara, what do you think? With your kindergartner,
they just graduated. (all laughing) – It’s like a vision of what
it’s gonna be like in 12 years. Share in their excitement. Ask them questions but
don’t do it for them. I think as long as you can
provide kind of that guidance. I see that when they’re
getting ready to graduate. Is that they don’t know how
to do things on their own because it’s always been done for them and so to start that trend
now of asking them about it. Encouraging them to do it themselves makes for a better functioning later on. – Sure, what would you guys add to that? Anybody wants to jump in? – I say look at the
website, see what you need. It really does direct you
on some of the little things you don’t think about with rain here. I honestly didn’t think rain boots, you think who’s gonna wear them? My kids live in their rain
boots during the rainy season especially when they have
to cross the major streets ’cause there’s buildings
that are just slightly off the campus and it’s an old city. It’s been around for what, 450 years so the roads get a little wet. But you think in your head,
you got everything you need and then you find there’s something small. You don’t but the good
thing is when you get here. There’s is like Bed, Bath
and Beyond and Target. It’s a small town but
just a few miles away, maybe two miles away. There’s a big area
where you can buy stuff. – Yes, yes. What else would you guys add to that? – I think communication. Communication between your roommates. Keep an open mind because
you’re not always gonna agree on things and try and work
things out with each other. Communicate with your instructors if you’re struggling right away. They’re there to help you
and they wanna help you and they wanna see you succeed. Again for financial aid,
if we’ve sent out emails. Look at those emails. If you have questions, come see us. I recommend the students trying
to find out the information and if they don’t understand
then get the parents involved. But it’s good for the students because they need to
know because those loans are in those student’s names,
if they’re taking out loans. And they need to understand
how that works, communication. – So we’ve got a question. What is the best way for out
of state freshman to find other out of state freshman
from the same area, anything other than Facebook? If your students haven’t
already joined the class of 2021 Facebook or if you have a
transfer student coming in. We do really encourage
them to join that page. That’s a great way for
them to ask questions, to meet other freshman. They can post something like,
hey I live in Rhode Island. Who else from Rhode Island? I’m gonna look at our admissions folks. Perhaps they can reach out to
their admissions counselors and they might have some
ideas about how to connect with other freshman from their state. And a lot of our students
who are on that Facebook page right now, they’re sharing
their other usernames for different social medias. So they’re sharing their Snapchat names and their sharing their Instagram names. We really like for them to
facilitate that connection. We’re not gonna give out
their information of course. We wanna keep our students
information private. But even if they don’t, they’re
on a regular Facebook user. They might wanna jump
on that page to begin making some of those connections. I got a question here
about selective service. I have to admit this is one
that hasn’t never come to me. Does my son selective service automatically come over to you? He filled it out prior to turning 18 but it’s still doesn’t show as completed. Should he redo? This might be
– No. What we’ll do is we’ll check that. If we don’t see it out on the federal site then we’ll ask for the information for you to send it to us. But we can go out there and put in his social
security number, his name and his date of birth to
see that he has registered for selective service. It may be that we just have
not checked at that time but it will be checked. We have a lot going on right
now in the financial aid office so it will be done. If it’s not marked done and he has done it then we will have that information. – Great. Mary asks, “When does
students get their schedules “for the semester?” The first thing especially
an incoming freshman will have to do is complete
their math placement exams. So just about, immediate
after the commit to Flagler. They’re gonna get an email
from our math department here. They need to do that as soon as possible. Once Dr. Sebastian had placed
them into their appropriate math class, they’ll then get an email clearing them to register. Telling them what classes to choose, giving them their first year
advisor’s contact information. So it depends on where the
student is in the process. We have some students
who’ve already registered. We have some that are still
going through that process. Transfer students, as
soon as they deposit. They’ll get an email
with similar information telling them who their
advisor is and helping giving them some guidance towards
choosing their classes. And they can always reach out to me or reach out to their
advisors for help with that. Let’s see what else we have here. I’m sure I’m missing some questions. One quick note for those of
you who are posting questions. If we run out of time. We will have our social
media team come back in and make sure you do get an answer to any questions that you post. For now, keep sending them in. We’ve definitely got some more time. Tim what about some opportunities
for engagement on campus? What can students do to make
friends, to get involved, to get engaged with their
major once they get here? – Sure so there’s a lot of different ways. I oversee three main
leadership organizations. The student government who really work on connecting the students
with whatever issues that they’re having relating
those problems solved. And the Canvas activity board
who plan large scale events throughout the year. The Flagler College
volunteers who put together some volunteer services so
that’s students get involved in the community. Outside of that, we have
over 50 student organizations that range from being academic in nature to being sports clubs. It could be collegiate
league with other club teams and just social groups so
that really have no connection to any department or sport but kind of are fun little niches. We’ll have a club night on
the first day of classes so you can come out and
kind of see who’s out there and how they get involved and
sign up for different things. We also have different hot spots on campus where people kind of just gather. So that’s going to be the student center and our palm garden and the library. Really these central points
where people get together and the dining hall. Where people kind of just set up shop and really just hang out with each other. There really no structured environment but really just get to know
each other in that way. – So maybe a question for
our parent on our panel. Would you recommend a car
for a semester or a bike, both, a segway? (laughing) No segways on campus. – I have twins and they share a car. It was my car so I’m kind of car less now. I do recommend a mode of transportation. It’s not required. I know there are bike racks everywhere. I think I saw in the new
garage there’s a section just for bikes. But it helps you get to
places like the beach. It helps you just kind of get around town. I don’t think it’s necessary to go from the dorms to your classrooms with it. It’s not like we’re not spread over miles. So it’s not like something like that but if you need to go to target
to get cream for your coffee or more coffee pods for your coffee maker. Then you will need some way to get there and yes there are friends on campus. So if you don’t have one, I know my kids have taken their friend. She lives in New York. She has no vehicle, no bicycle so whenever she needs anything she says, “Can you guys give me a lift?” And they say, “Of course.” So you make friends with
somebody who has a vehicle or a bicycle that can get you somewhere. – Absolutely I think the
students are pretty well split in terms of who those who bring
cars and those that don’t. They all manage to get
where they’re going safely. Michelle, I can ask, your room
updates come out June 1st. Where do they find this information? Where can student’s find it? – So they can find it in
their my Flagler account. There’s one, the tab’s
compass life I think and then within it
there’s living on campus. So you click on that and then
it will go to on campus living and it will be the first thing at the top with room assignment. And it will have the roommate information and they’re able to actually
contact their roommates. If they go to their Flagler email address, they can hit queue section and
they can search for roommate by their last name. And I really do encourage
them to reach out to their roommates. So it’s not move in
day and there’s two TVS and there two game systems
and you’re walking in and it’s like competing
noise and there’s no room. (laughing) So it’s really just deciding
on who’s gonna bring the big stuff as well or the little stuff. Like who’s gonna bring the toilet paper the first go around? Stuff like that. – A lot of our incoming students
have never shared a room. Maybe not twins right? – They’re use to each other. – But a lot of our students
have never shared a bathroom. They’ve never shared a room with someone. Do you have any advice to
prepare them for some of those maybe conflicts that
they’ll have with roommates. – Well one of the things we
have is we have a roommate agreement form that all
the areas have access to and I strongly encourage
individuals to do it. Some RAs mandate that they do it. That goes over with
when can I have guests. When is it quiet time in the room? What is the environment need
to be conducive to sleeping. Noise things along those lines. So just within the room itself and then we also have a
separate suite meet agreement that goes over. Okay let’s establish a
vacuum cleaning schedule. How do you define clean
versus how do I define clean? How long can the dirty
dishes stay in the sink? I’m trying to think, can
I hang my dirty clothes on the towel rack? It addresses all of those issues. There will be confrontation and it will be uncomfortable but that’s what the RAs are there for. They can come in and help
facilitate that conversation if you’re not comfortable
doing it yourself. But it’s one of those things
you need to feel respected. This is your home away from home and we want you to feel that way. So you get in conflicts with your parents about certain things and
you have to talk it out. So it’s similar with roommates. – So we’ve got a question
from Donia about FERPA which is the Federal
Education Rights Privacy Act. She asked if there are way
reforms for the students if they want the parents to be
involved in their academics. Yes, absolutely. Students can go to our registrars office which is in Wiley Hall
when they get to campus. They can fill out that FERPA
waiver and we love working with parents but I will say
our first point of contact is always gonna be the student. And if the student is
struggling academically at all. We really want them to be
the person communicating with the professor. However, yes of course. We’re happy to work with
parents if issues arise. So yes if your student would
like to do that they can see our registrar’s office to do
that when they get to campus. Craig asks, “Is there enough space “for parking for freshman?” Thankfully now I think
we’re doing okay with that. Parking on campus is
first come, first serve. They’re not granted a
parking space of their own but there are pockets of
parking all over campus. Behind Lewis Hall, behind the gymnasium and we have a giant parking
garage that now gives us lots and lots of parking space. They still should be
prepared to walk a little bit to classes, to their residence halls. But yes we will make sure
they have a parking space if they bring a car. How do students that live
in a dorms get packages either from home or if they
order from Amazon Prime like we all do regularly? This is from Julie. Michelle what do you think? – With it, they will be
assigned a mailbox on campus. So I think you get that
mailbox number when you move in and you’re able to send packages to them. Also if you are coming out of state and you want to ship things. You have that opportunity
but don’t start doing it until two weeks before classes start. Make sure you put Flagler
College cc your student’s name so that might lessen some of the stuff that you have to either bring
by car or on the airplane. And you’ll be able to
pick it up on move in day because our mail room
will be open select times on that Saturday. – Tim, what can students
expect at orientation? What are we gonna be doing
with them over four days that we’ve got them
before they start classes? – Yeah so everybody will get
a schedule in the mail in June and then you’ll also get
another one upon arrival during the first day of orientation. But really the day’s pretty filled and packed with meeting
different people on campus and learning about the
services they provide. And then in the evening, there’s a social event every
evening in different areas on campus so that you can
figure out and navigate your way around it and meet new folks. Those will last until about 9 or 10 so your day is really
full during orientation up till when classes start. And then there’s always
the option of signing your student up and
paying for the Disney trip the following Saturday. About 300 plus students
every year take part in. They go out to Disney
for either the 100th time if they’re from Florida or for first time if they’re out of state to really get that Florida experience. – Tara Stephenson, our director of our Career Development Center
has to depart a little early so thank you Tara for joining us. And if you have questions,
students can of course reach out to her anytime so thanks. – We look forward to seeing you all. – We’ve got a question here from Ken. How early should we plan
to be there on move in day and what should we expect? How does the moving schedule work? – Well you’re gonna need
your room assignment first. Once you get your room assignment and the packet that Tim is sending out. You can look at your
building and floor assignment and you’ll have certain times. Do not arrive super early before that time because I’m not gonna let you move in. Because we have a very
good system in place because we move in from
the top going down. If you do arrive a little early, you can check in at our student center. A lot of the times, there’s
different offices there. You’ll be able to get your id. You can pick up your books
and there’s the house services so you’ll have a whole
thing to go through on that and what to expect, organized chaos. I am extremely type A,
everything’s organized move in day. – There’s always something. – You can’t prepare for. Bring water, it’s going to be hot and the parents leadership
council does a phenomenal job of posting up coffee and water
within the residence halls. But bring water, be prepared
it’s gonna be a process. We will have student leaders
there helping move in. You have your parking spot for 30 minutes so when you go, you park. My recommendation is park, send the student in to get their key and start unloading the thing. Know your room number when
you come because the student leaders will come up and be like, we’re going to this room. So the quicker you can
get things unloaded, the more time you can
spend decorating the room, going to the different
places around campus and enjoying that experience
with your student. – It will be hot and you
know prepare for that. You’re gonna be sweaty. It is Florida in August. It’s a long day but we have lots of help and that’s the thing that
I’m always overwhelmed with. Coming on move in day, there’s
just so many people there. Unloading cars and taking them upstairs. So we’ll make sure you get
through it and have a lot of fun. What about single rooms? If a student wants to live
alone, is that an option and does it cost more? – It does cost more. It’s $7350 an academic
year for a single room and with it they have to email me okay. – And those are very limited. – Very limited for those. So we’re pretty much full now. – Okay. Rhonda asks do we need to
apply for the parent plus loan for additional funds or is
there’s something the student can apply for? – The parent needs to
apply for the parent plus. A student can only receive
if they’re a freshman. $5500 in loan money,
in federal loan money. So the parent would have to apply. They could also apply for a private loan but with the private loans, a lot of times they have to have a co-signer
which would be a parent or maybe a grandparent or something. You can go ahead and apply. I would recommend that you apply and we will reach out to
you to find out exactly the limit that your running. We can not go over the
budget for the school year and I would recommend only
taking out what you need for the cover of both fall and spring. I wouldn’t go up to the budget
if you don’t need to just because that’s quite a bit of extra money that you’re gonna have to pay
back and there is interest. You can apply for the parent
loan at www.studentloans.gov and you would use your information when you’re logging in not your child, and basically you’re
putting in your information and you’ll know the answer
right away whether you qualify or not and we receive that information when you list Flagler College. – Lori wants to know when
will the next financial aid award packets be out? When will you guys be
sending out award packages for the next batch? So students haven’t already received their financial aid award. When can they expect to receive it? – If you have not received one already. I would reach out to our office because a lot of the awards that went out to our new students and to the transfer students, not sure one that has actually
just had been admitted. Most of the awards have went out and if you have not received one. Again I would reach out
to the counselor because it may have gotten lost in the
mail or something like that. – So we know that the first
year of college especially can be particularly challenging. So maybe let’s talk a little
bit about some of the problems or challenges that students
face in their first year, and maybe how they can work through those. So Tim what do you see? You touch just about
every student on campus. Where do you see them
struggle a little bit? – Sure, I think a lot students
take on too many things too early whether it is
a job and eight clubs and all their classes. They’re overwhelmed and so I
really don’t think students should get hyper involved too early. I think they should really take it slow and ease into things that
they’re really interested in or that they find the most important. I think that’s always gonna be classes and then run down the succession there on how the student feels comfortable. After that I think it’s
really becoming comfortable in their new home. This is probably their
first time away from home. They’re being really brave and
maybe living with a stranger which is, I think is wild. (laughing) It’s exciting. It’s such a new experience so it’s really getting
comfortable in your new home and finding your folks. And the RAs do really great
job of having people meet in the hallways. There’s these events around the year so that people can go ahead
and meet people outside of that residence hall bubble. But really trying to meet you in classes or just become comfortable
in your new place of life. – Hopefully they won’t mind
me putting them on the spot but did your twins face
any particular challenges in their first year at
Flagler that looking back. – They did, mostly was time management. I’d be getting text at two in the morning. I’m still working on my paper and I’m like, when did you start this? And that’s a problem I
think every student does. I think we all did it. Start that project the night before but they eventually learned to go through and just getting comfortable
in their environment. Their first year they did have a roommate and that was a little awkward
I think for everybody. They’re use to each other and in the three years they’re here and going into their fourth year. They’re still each other’s roommates but somebody new comes in and she really was not
the same as my girls. My girls were like kind
of dorky and she wasn’t. (laughing) – Hopefully they’re not tuning in. – And I love my girls but they are. They are into their mangas
which is what the kids today are but their roommate was not. So just try to find a common ground and eventually she found
friends and she moved on and they got another roommate
in who was just like them. And that worked out really well and I have to say residence
life is really great in that in helping place
somebody into their room that would be a better match. And I know you don’t know
what you’re gonna get but time management was
their biggest concern and just figuring out how
to do things on their own. Because I am a hovering
parent and it was hard for me to let them go off on their own. But I knew they needed
to and I think it’s, they’ve grown exponentially
because they were able to learn to contact financial aid, when they wanted to take summer classes and didn’t know how to
go through the process and things like that. And the school really works with them and it helps them become adults. They’re coming in as an 18 year old child and I know we all think
18 year old is an adult but it’s really not. And if you ask them because
they’re both psychology majors. You’re not an adult until you’re 25. – Oh okay. – That’s something. – I still have some basic
questions whether I’m an adult. – Me too but overall
it helps if they learn. They communicate with their teachers. They’re actually very
friendly with their teachers because in their majors,
they have the same teachers. – You can’t hide here. – You can’t hide and there’s
no child getting left behind because they’ve had teachers
and they will go searching for those teachers for certain classes. One of them is in the
criminology department, so there’s really just
the three main teachers and they’re really friendly. We got to watch them with
their teachers in an event and I was like they’re like best friends, and they’re joking around with them. – Best friends who will
fail you if needs be. – They will but they’re
honest best friends. But they’re there to just
to help become adults and they get to learn. And I know I just really
strayed off the question. – No, this is great, this is great. – But it is something
they do eventually learn. The kids will come in one way and come out their first
semester completely different in a good way not in a bad way. – Michelle, I know you and your RAs, you guys help the student
navigate a lot of problems. What are some things that
you see commonly pop up that maybe they can head
off before they get here. – Roommate confrontations. People being hesitant to
confront that roommate or they don’t want to come and talk to me or they don’t wanna talk to the RAs. The RAs can be friends
with your roommates, they’re not gonna care. If there is an issue,
they’re going to address it. I promise I’m not overly scary. You walk into my office,
there’s like lanterns hanging and pictures everywhere. – Everybody has candy. – I’ll have candy because (laughing) but with it just stepping
out of that comfort zone and yes the parents. I will get phone calls from parents, hey my student doesn’t feel comfortable. They need to come and talk to me. I will sit there. I’m on call for a week at a time. If there’s a situation at 2 a.m. I’m here at 2 a.m. addressing situations. It’s just, we’re here to help and it’s really just. It is out of the comfort zone for some but ask RAs, ask other
student leaders, ask us. Even is you don’t know where I am. You can go to Jill, you can go to Tim, you can go to Angelee and
they’ll all direct you. – Right, I think that’s
one of the great things about having such a small campus. Is it’s a one stop shop. You go and ask the question once and if we don’t know the answer. We’re gonna find the answer for you and people are gonna be super helpful. – Something that I wanna say. I know a lot of you especially
being the first time away from home. You’ll be home sick and maybe
after the first couple weeks of school wanna withdraw. I recommend do not withdraw. Stick it out that first semester because you may find by
the end of the semester, man I’m so glad I didn’t leave, and continue and make new friends. Because if you do withdraw there is, it affects your financial aid and you still will owe
money to the school. So stick it out that first semester. You will be home sick. It happens to everybody. It happens to grown ups when
you move to a new place. Stick it out because you’ll
never know if you don’t. Then you go home and say
oh, man I wish I’d stay. Stick it out because it is
worth it and you may not stay come spring but then you, well some of you will stay and continue and make great friends and you don’t end up owe money that you. – Don’t have anything to show for it. – Have nothing to show for it. No credits or anything so stick it out at least till the end of that semester. So that you have credits and if you decide Flagler is not for you. You move on but you’ll be surprised. – Absolutely yeah. I mean this is one of the things
that I always tell students and parents when they first
get here is everyone’s nervous. We’re nervous, the students are nervous. It is a transition for
everyone and for some students it’s four days in they feel at home. They’ve made friends. For some it takes longer. For some it may take a couple of semesters but eventually they will
find their place here and find their home and I think that’s
great advice to parents. To support them, be
sympathetic but encourage them to stay here and get
engaged and get involved. Remind them why they chose Flagler. I mean there was some point
when the student came to campus and said this is where I wanna be. Remind them of that choice
and help get them through that transitional time. So Ken asks, “How do we
purchase parking spots?” So your students will
receive an email from our business office later in the summer with information on
purchasing parking passes. Or if they wanna wait until
they get here in August, they can do it face to face. They can walk right up and pick it up. Even for students who purchase it online. They will pick up the pass when they get to campus in August. So either option is fine. Susan wants to know is there
a health center on campus and do students need to bring a copy of their insurance card? – Yes and yes. – Yes and yes. – We do have health services on campus. We have a doctor that
comes a couple times a week as well as certified nurse
practitioner and a nurse. They’re able to assist like
basic things and what not. With it I would always
encourage a copy of your health insurance card because with it. God forbid your student
has to go to the hospital. The first thing they ask for
is that health insurance card and it’s always good to have that copy so they have to go to urgent care, or they have to do things
that are down here. They’re not having to call you that’s also encouraging that independence of them. Given yes they should
call you if they’re going to these places but yes I
would send copies of it. – Parents and students should
also be receiving an email and letter in the mail. Sometime in the next few weeks about our student health insurance that students can purchase
through the college. All students if they’re not
purchasing it through the school will need to complete a waiver process. So look for that in the mail, in the email and take care of that before you can but if they do have health insurance make sure they have that
information with them. So we have a question, when family visit, how is the campus with service dogs? – We are accessible to any
of you guys with disabilities and of course your service
animals are welcome on our campus in any of our locations. I don’t thin there will
be any problems with that. Let’s see, we are local. Can my son get his student
id prior to August? Yes I would encourage your son to sign up for one of our campus tour dates. These are June 16th and July 14th. You can come to campus. Our security will be doing
ids on those two days. You’ll have an opportunity to take care of some other things on campus. Meet with an advisor,
meet with financial aid, meet with student accounts. They can explore campus a little bit. Otherwise our security
typically isn’t doing student ids beyond those two days until orientation in August. So if he’s not able to come
in for one of those two dates. He can definitely do it
when he gets to campus in August with no problem. Let see, my son has a
peanut and tree nut allergy. Is there an issue with
him carrying an Epi pen and are there Epi pens
in the health center? – There is not an issue
carrying an Epi pen. I carry one daily. With it, I would have to
check with health services. The best bet is to email
health services at flagler.edu and ask them and they will be
able to answer that question. They have hours until
the end of summer term. – And something to note about allergies. Our dining services staff
is great with working with students who have
particular dietary restrictions. Everything from allergies
to gluten free to vegan, vegetarian. If they have any trouble finding things that they can eat in the dining hall. They can always approach our
director of dining services and we’ll be happy to help things out. When is parent’s weekend? This is from Kathleen. – Sure that’s gonna be late October. I believe the weekend is October 23rd. – Yeah, I think it’s usually
like the third weekend in October. – That date might be wrong
but it’s late October and that’s Friday, Saturday,
Sunday of programming where we bring in the
family members and show them around town, show them the school and get them a little bit more involved. – Fantastic. I think we’ve maybe have got
time for just one or two more questions if anybody wants
to chime in with them. Maybe a little last minute
advice for our parents and our incoming students. Anything that you guys would add that we haven’t already covered? – Excited. This is a huge transition just not for your student but for you. I didn’t appreciate it
when I was going to college but now I talk to my parents about it and they like to remind me
of all the stuff I brought in on move in but it’s
sharing in that excitement. You’re a Flagler family member now. Having that pride it’s awesome. – And something to note, I was talking earlier with
some of our admissions folks. You will have to leave at
orientation after that first day. So the same day as move
in, we will kick you out. Stay in St. Augustine have a great time but we’re gonna ask you to leave. – At 6:45. – At 6:45 (laughing) So you’re going home at 6:45,
just in time for happy hour. I see a question coming in
from our social media folks, do students need to make an appointment with the learning resource center? They’re not required to
but they are encouraged to. We have an online appointment system where students can log in, chose a subject they wanna be tutored in. They can make an appointment and that way, they don’t have to wait when they show up. So we always encourage them to do that. Let’s see, oh thank you
you guys are amazing. Oh thanks for the compliment. (laughing) Maybe one last question. Are we permitted to bring
furniture into the dorms? – Depends (laughing). – No king sized beds. – Again I’ll reinforce, look at the rooms before you decide to. I can understand like a bookshelf. Some people will build
little things to go over their desks to put little
hutches on, that’s fine. The over the bed storage, fantastic but a coach, no. I really again encourage
you to see the room before you decide to get stuff. Talk to the roommate
because if both roommates bring in bookshelves and chairs. It’s not gonna work well. And all the furniture that’s in the room has to stay in the room. – Tim for the Disney trip,
how much does that cost and how do they sign up? – Sure, I have my Disney sheet right here. I expected this to come up sooner. So it cost $110 and you
go to flagler.edu/ics and you follow the instructions there to make the payment. – Awesome and there’ll be
something in the summer about this as well. – They’ll get the same
sheet and orientation packet that will come out with
lots of information from parking decals to where to park on campus day of orientation to Disney. – If I could just make a
note on that Disney trip. Encourage your kids to do it. They make friends on the bus. You’ve got a two hour
ride and if they get stuck on I4 traffic, it could
be like a 2 1/2 hour ride to get down to Disney and they talk to the people on the bus. So it’s another new way for
your students to meet people. – Absolutely. So one final question,
will this be rebroadcast for others to watch? Yes, our social media folks are nodding. So for those of you who
may be tuned in late or had to leave early, you can come back to our Facebook page and watch the entire feed. And of course this isn’t
your only opportunity to ask questions. You can always send them our
way to our specific offices. If you don’t know who to contact. You can always contact
me [email protected] or your admissions office. And we’ll look forward
to meeting all of you. Thanks to our panelist
for your answers today and one more thing Terri. – If you haven’t accepted
your financial aid, accept it so it will show up on your bill and you’ll have a more accurate bill. – Awesome, thank you for
tuning in and have a great day.