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Home Because of COVID-19 

COVID 19 – Housebound Perspective They’re back. And much earlier than we expected thanks to COVID 19. While having our college kids’ home is usually something that we look forward to, this time it is different…for all of us. As parents, we know how it feels to have an “unexpected” full house and a quarantined one too, but we wanted to get their outlook too. The truth is, at first, I felt myself getting frustrated by our opposing hours; you know the ones that mean my college junior is eating breakfast when I am eating lunch. However, they too are at a loss and I feel better having seen it from our college kids’ perspective. The biggest change that our interns talked about was their loss of freedom. Suddenly they are back to feeling like high schoolers; their time to do what they want; when they want and see whomever they choose […]

Changes to Jobs or Internships?

Making the best use of changes at this time. The world is full of changes in our patterns of life. These are certainly uneasy times that will certainly be part of our world history. Each day brings more uncertainty and changes for all of us. We’ve seen the posts from family members, friends and other parents of college students about their student losing their internship or job. Having graduation ceremonies canceled or postponed was a difficult pill to swallow but now some of our students have lost internships that were required for their degree and jobs they had lined up after graduation. My own daughter had two strong potential jobs lined up only to have both no longer available at this time. She has had friends furloughed at their jobs. It is certainly not easy to prop them up when, right now, all of their hard work and effort seems like it […]

Fanatics

Fanatics Campus Cool For the very best in authentic college clothing, accessories and other fan gear, check out Fanatics NCAA Shop. They’ve got everything you need to cheer on your team with everything from gifts and collectibles to championship gear. Their selection of merchandise is all officially licensed, so you can be sure you’re sporting the most authentic team gear. For all the big moments of every season including College Football Playoff gear, NCAA Football Gear, College Basketball Gear, College Baseball Gear, and any type of NCAA gear or accessories a fan could dream of, you’ll find a wide variety to choose from. From NCAA clothing and tailgate items to retro and vintage, Fanatics carries brands such as Jordan Gear, Vineyard Vines, Stance, Columbia, Dooney & Bourke, Tommy Bahama, Vera Bradley, Orca, Southern Tide, College Row One Shoes, Johnnie-O Clothing, and Peter Millar Clothing. Add in everything you need for tailgating including […]

Financial Aid in Turbulent Times

Financial Aid in Turbulent Times – COVID 19 Never have any of us imagined, as a country and world, that we would be going through a financial and health crisis such as Coronavirus. For most of us, the impact it has had, not only on our own personal finances but the entire change in our students’ lives, are far-reaching. We all want the best for them and so many questions have arisen that HaveuHeard is going to address the most asked questions: Online Classes and Financial Responsibilities – this is an ever-evolving subject as Universities around the world have canceled their in-person classes and migrated over to online learning. Will you get the money refunded? Are you responsible for dorm and meal plan payments under the circumstances? These questions are valid and are being addressed by each university. We need to give them time to address all the issues they have to […]

Financial Aid in Turbulent Times

Financial Aid in Turbulent Times – COVID 19 Never have any of us imagined, as a country and world, that we would be going through a financial and health crisis such as Coronavirus. For most of us, the impact it has had, not only on our own personal finances but the entire change in our students’ lives, are far-reaching. We all want the best for them and so many questions have arisen that HaveuHeard is going to address the most asked questions: Online Classes and Financial Responsibilities – this is an ever-evolving subject as Universities around the world have canceled their in-person classes and migrated over to online learning. Will you get the money refunded? Are you responsible for dorm and meal plan payments under the circumstances? These questions are valid and are being addressed by each university. We need to give them time to address all the issues they have to […]

Getting a Virtual Feel for Your Student’s Campus

Virtual Campus Views and More We are living in a rapidly changing world, hoping that eventually, fall will bring move-ins, classes, college sports, and normalcy. Campus tours to help students make their college decision have been put on hold. Orientation will likely be virtual at many universities. These are unusual and unprecedented times and circumstances continue to evolve daily. So what does a student do if they have not yet made up their mind or if orientation will be done virtually? Here are some suggestions: HaveUHeard is written by IRL (In Real Life) parents and student interns to give you a birds-eye view of each college and serve as a resource for not only on-campus information but the surrounding community as well.  You can read through many blogs to learn about the move-in process, classes, sports, dorms, meal plans, financial aid and so much more. FAU    FSU   UCF     UF     […]

Getting a Virtual Feel for Your Student’s Campus

Virtual Campus Views and More We are living in a rapidly changing world, hoping that eventually, fall will bring move-ins, classes, college sports, and normalcy. Campus tours to help students make their college decision have been put on hold. Orientation will likely be virtual at many universities. These are unusual and unprecedented times and circumstances continue to evolve daily. So what does a student do if they have not yet made up their mind or if orientation will be done virtually? Here are some suggestions: HaveUHeard is written by IRL (In Real Life) parents and student interns to give you a birds-eye view of each college and serve as a resource for not only on-campus information but the surrounding community as well.  You can read through many blogs to learn about the move-in process, classes, sports, dorms, meal plans, financial aid and… read more.  

A Letter to Seniors 

Advice to Seniors From a College Academic Advisor By Priscilla Beth Baker I wanted to reach out to all of you seniors about how COVID-19 is specifically affecting you, the Class of 2020. I hate to use a colloquialism as an English major and teacher, but there’s no way around saying that this sucks beyond belief for you all more than most. In my many sleepless nights this past week, I have been reflecting on my own senior year at Penn State – where I was and what I was doing and who I was with. It seems insurmountable to conceive of missing out on all those moments and memories that I carry with me to this day. But here’s the thing – for you, these moments and memories are rooted in all the moments and memories preceding them in all the years you have spent here. They don’t exist in isolation. […]

A Letter to Seniors 

Advice to Seniors From a College Academic Advisor By Priscilla Beth Baker I wanted to reach out to all of you about how COVID-19 is specifically affecting you, the Class of 2020. I hate to use a colloquialism as an English major and teacher, but there’s no way around saying that this sucks beyond belief for you all more than most. In my many sleepless nights this past week, I have been reflecting on my own senior year at Penn State – where I was and what I was doing and who I was with. It seems insurmountable to conceive of missing out on all those moments and memories that I carry with me to this day. But here’s the thing – for you, these moments and memories are rooted in all the moments and memories preceding them in all the years you have spent here. They don’t exist in isolation. Honestly, […]

Food for Thought

No Student Hungry As college campuses throughout the country move to virtual classrooms, the fact remains that there are students at college that will remain in their university town. Perhaps they are unable to work or perhaps their finances are strained. No matter the reason, there are resources available both on and off-campus for food pantries. While they are currently limiting how many people can access the pantry, many are remaining open. If the university does not have an on-campus food bank, they certainly have community food banks. Much like the national campaign No Kid Hungry®, there are many students at colleges throughout the United States that are barely getting by, some putting their nourishment behind paying for college and all of the expenses that go along with college; tuition, books, rent, utilities, to name a few. The USDA average monthly cost of food for a college-age student for a moderate-cost plan, [...]

Food for Thought – College Student Dilemma

No Student Hungry As college campuses throughout the country move to virtual classrooms, the fact remains that there are students at college that will remain in their university town. Perhaps they are unable to work or perhaps their finances are strained. No matter the reason, there are resources available both on and off-campus for food pantries. While they are currently limiting how many people can access the pantry, many are remaining open. If the university does not have an on-campus food bank, they certainly have community food banks. Much like the national campaign No Kid Hungry®, there are many students at colleges throughout the United States that are barely getting by, some putting their nourishment behind paying for college and all of the expenses that go along with college; tuition, books, rent, utilities, to name a few. The USDA average monthly cost of food for a college-age student for a moderate-cost plan, […]

Online Test Taking for College Students

Online Test Taking for Today’s Students Online test-taking can solve many issues. Many students have experienced taking exams throughout the semester in allocated classrooms all across the university due to large volumes of students taking the same exam at the same time. For example, in some classes, there may be at least 300 students. It would be impractical to attempt to test that many students in one room without chaos or the threat of major cheating. Thus, several smaller classrooms must be reserved to spread out all 300 students taking the exam. This can also be a long and tedious process, and classrooms are not always available because they are already in use. To avoid this situation, many teachers opt to use online testing services. Simply put, they are live online proctoring services that allows students to take exams on their computers. Proctors hired, use a specific protocol to replicate the face-to-face [...]

How to Excel With Online and Virtual Classes

Tips to Help Students Succeed Online Online and distance learning is not a new concept at colleges. Even high schools required students to have an online class to become familiar with this type of learning. What has changed is that almost all colleges and universities have moved to virtual classrooms until further notice. Some say two weeks, some for the remainder of the semester. Almost all universities have systems in place to handle the unique environment we are in and they are continually updating students and staff. Some lectures will be recorded and posted on their university’s course management system, which students already use for grades, syllabus’, online assignments. This includes Canvas, Blackboard, and Webcourse so that students do not have to come to campus. This is the same setup as video lecture capture courses. Professors are providing links to class videos. (so this will be free). Proctored exams are also already […]

Colleges Move to Virtual Classrooms 

How To Best Navigate These Next Virtual Steps Now that the State University System of Florida has asked all universities to switch to remote virtual instruction as soon as possible, many parents have questions about how certain classes will be able to instruct. As much as we all wish everything would go back to normal, we at HaveUHeard feel strongly that in the context of infectious disease, the use of quarantine and isolation to reduce the transmission of disease and protect the health of the public requires that we all be socially responsible. Sure we are all feeling disappointed… events being canceled, being asked to not return to campus, missing out on senior spring. We get it because we are parents too and are watching the disappointment in our students as well. Students have anxiety over this too. There are some great resources available to share with your students including: Headspace – […]

SCORE! The Official Game Day Bag

Quality Design Game Bags Realizing that clear doesn’t need to be plain and ordinary, SCORE! has reinvented the approach to official game day bags. Every bag is designed with a focus on quality and fashion, meeting the evolving tastes, needs, and lifestyles of the American woman. As a certified, women-owned enterprise based in San Antonio, Texas, they embrace the passion and love women have for their favorite teams, schools and organizations as well as, their need to express them with stylish accessories. SCORE! Designs specialize in designer quality, stadium compliant handbags for professional, college, and other sporting events, including NCAA, NFL, NHL, PGA,  ASL, MLB, MLS, and ATA games. SCORE! designs are also ideal for horse and car race tracks, secure work environments, concerts, and most other stadium and arena events. Vibrant color combos are meant to reflect a spirit of camaraderie and belonging for their favorite teams, sororities, and other organizations. […]

The David Project

Israel, however, is not just for Jews It’s true that Birthright is a fabulous (and free) program for Jewish individuals from 18 to 28 to visit Israel. Israel, however, is not just for Jews though. So, we did a little digging and found The David Project, a pro- Israel campus advocacy group. The program promotes building diverse pro-Israel support on campuses and is for students of all religions, having reached 10,000 Jewish and non-Jewish students this past academic year on 45 campuses, cultivating student leaders and organizations as allies for Hillel and the pro-Israel community. There are three main components to The David Project: Israel Uncovered – 10-day Israel mission for The David Project’s Core Schools. Each school sends one Israel advocate and two to three non-Jewish campus leaders. The campus leaders represent many mainstream campus groups, including student government, College Democrats and Republicans, fraternities and sororities, black, Indian, Latino and Asian […]

Inked by Dani Temporary Tattoo

Step up Your Tailgate Style Want a tattoo but don’t want to commit to a design? Hand-drawn in NYC by artist and founder Dani Egna, INKED by Dani is an elevated, sophisticated take on the temporary tattoo craze. With our signature, on-trend style and worldwide fan base, INKED by Dani is redefining temporary tattoos into a whole new world of fashion-forward, wearable art. Their designs are unique, fashion-forward, and the perfect way to express yourself – without the commitment! They’re more than just a temporary tattoo- inked is hand-drawn wearable art, with designs you’d actually want to get for real including their Game Day Pack, the perfect accessory for football season. All of the designs are made in the USA with vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic ink!​ So they are beautiful and safe. The designs are one-of-a-kind and commitment-free allowing every style and all ages to join in on the tattoo fun! Perfect for […]

Tapestry Girls

Tapestry Girls: Perfect For Your Dorm One of the best and most exciting parts about attending college is getting to live in a dorm. The freedom of being away from your parents is incredibly liberating, and even though space may be small, it’s all yours. Now it’s time to put your personal touch on the room. Decorating your dorm room is a fantastic way to quickly make your new home feel just as inviting as the one you came from. When you’re going to add a new addition to your space, it’s important to think about what you’re looking for. Maybe you’re searching for city life, or funky patterns to show your new friends your unique, trendsetting style. Regardless of what aesthetic you’re going for, Tapestry Girls is a great way of bringing your own personal touch into any space. Tapestry Girls is a distributor of handmade tapestries, mandala tapestries, lighting, and […]

Shopping Guide for the New Student -2020

Shopping Time for your New Student Shopping for your soon-to-be college student is exciting, exhausting, and expensive. HaveUHeard how much there is to shop for? What you may need for your dorm depends on where you’ll be staying. In some dorms, because of the communal bathrooms, you won’t need a shower mat or shower curtain but in suite-style dorms and apartments, you will need to add this to your list. The average traditional dorm size is only about 130 square feet and most likely, that is shared space. It is hard to think that all of your student’s belongings will find a rightful place, but there are some practical, multi-functional products out there that will allow your student room to walk/sleep/study in their room. Now let’s go shopping! Some of us are one-and-done type shoppers where we prefer to hit up one store and buy everything. There is nothing wrong with this […]

Will it Be Home Sweet Home This Summer?

Students Summer Weigh In Summer is coming. Whether we have just finished our freshman year or our senior year of college, we still have the same excitement, concerns, and feels that our parents have. Coming home from college for summer is an adjustment for us too. We’ve been on our own, making decisions for ourselves, managing our lives, staying out late if we wanted to, just being independent so the idea of having to have “rules” is scary. Not that we don’t get it. As a college student, the reinstatement of rules, curfews, and privacy were all a shock to our new life and learned daily habits. We want to be treated as adults and we also understand this is a transition for everyone. Here is our advice to make your summer home a sweet one. Curfews: Like any normal parent, they are always worried about you leaving the house. For parents, […]

They’re Coming Home for Summer

A Parent’s Summer Perspective They have been away for a year, maybe two or three, but this summer they are planning to come home. Many of you may be thinking how nice it will be to have them home; perhaps it will be even better than before they left for college because now they are more mature having lived on their own for so long. Do you sense the cynicism coming? Relax; I too got excited when each of mine came home for those ten weeks. And, the truth is, it can be wonderful. I love having my kids around; the family dinners, someone else to walk the dog and just their presence alone make me smile. However, I also like sleeping. College kids do not keep the same hours as we do. It is a fact. They also, in general, do not do laundry, wash dishes, or pick up their things. […]

Professionalism in Written Communication 

Written Communication, The Importance of Professionalism at School & on the Job Search by Priscilla Beth Baker As students head into summer internship/job fair season, it is important that they keep in mind the importance of what employers refer to as “soft skills.” This includes (but is not limited to): working with others, ethical judgment and decision making, analytical thinking, organizing and evaluating information, innovation and creativity, complex problem-solving, diversity awareness, and written and oral communication. With regard to professional written communication specifically, it is imperative that students address professors and potential employers professionally. If the person being addressed has a doctorate, the salutation should be “Dr.” without exception. It is inappropriate (even insulting) to refer to a female faculty member or professional in the field with a Ph.D. as “Mrs.” or “Ms.” which happens surprisingly often (and let’s face it, their male counterparts are rarely if ever, referred to as “Mr.” […]

Complaints about a Class or Professor?

An Academic Advisor’s Advice on How to Handle this Situation by Priscilla Beth Baker HaveUHeard presents this guest blog from an expert on Academic Advisors and how to handle the complaints that come up during your college students’ career. All of our kids have certain expectations before they go to college about what it will be like academically. They ask themselves if they will transition smoothly given the rigor of their high school curriculum. They wonder if they have the tools necessary to succeed in the higher ed environment. Some make assumptions that it won’t even be a transition because they feel so ready. The reality of what they encounter is seldom what they anticipated on multiple levels. Perhaps one thing a few of them anticipate is how to handle a difficult situation related to a class or a professor on their own. Let’s be honest – when our kids were in […]

Join Our HUH Blogger Team!

Have U Heard we are hiring Mom Bloggers and Interns! Are you an “IRL” (in real life) mom of a college student at one of the new schools we plan to be adding? Join the HaveUHeard team. HaveUHeard is a blog written by moms of college students or college students themselves at multi-state universities. We are the only detailed resource for parents looking for information about their student’s college town. No other college web-resource supplies university-specific information from IRL parents & students. No other web-resource offers the ease of one-stop to get the necessary information needed for a positive college experience. HaveUHeard We are an informational blog dreamed up by a couple of college students’ weary moms, twins, Janice & Tracey. Tired of the sticky notes all over their desks reminding them of tips or information for their college kids about their college kids’ University and surrounding community, they created a one-stop […]

Apply for Scholarships

Yes, you do need to apply! To get a scholarship you have to apply for scholarships! There are so many to choose from and some pitfalls. We have the info for you! If you have Florida Prepaid and your student was fortunate to qualify for Bright Futures, that will help pay for a lot of college expenses. Our daughters had both (Bright Futures changed its payout from 2010-2014 so we did not get as much as our second daughter did). There were many more college expenses that were not covered by them having both. And, what if you do not have Florida Prepaid? Or Bright Futures? Or a Pell Grant? Student loans are oftentimes a necessity but there are many scholarship opportunities available these days.  The question remains how do you find the right ones? Some scholarships are quite competitive, some last for four years, and some are downright silly, but pay […]

Is Your Student Moving Back Home After Graduation?

How to Make Moving Back a Positive Experience Moving back in with your parents after college is not new. I moved back home after graduating from UF for many reasons, the main being financial. My parents even charged me rent (scroll down to see how much that was and how they handled it) So, when our daughter graduated from college without a job, she moved back home with us. We were nervous and she was nervous. Our concerns mainly centered around how her new independent self would take to living back home with rules. Should we have rules? Should we charge her? Will she go back to helping around the house? Her concerns centered around probably the same things – “I’ve been on my own for four years, now I have to live with my mom and dad and their rules?” “Will they charge me?” “Will I get a thousand questions every […]

Money Money Money

Bank of Mom and Dad Money If you have a student in college, we are sure that sometimes (or perhaps all the time), you feel like you are a financial institution, giving money to your students to help offset the cost of college. That would not make you alone as, according to the Pew Research Center, three in 5 parents with children between 18 and 29 have given their kids some financial help in the last year including assistance with bills and groceries, education costs and rent or mortgage. Money, whether you give your student a little, a lot or none at all, the fact remains is that college is enormously expensive and college debt is at an all-time high. We have been in your position; in fact, some of us still have college graduates that need our financial support. That is why we share some cost-saving tips with you to start […]

Leaving School for Holiday Break?

What You Should Do Before You Head Out for Holiday Break Right before students head out for Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break, they’ve spent the week finishing up assignments, holed up in the library studying for exams, living off coffee (or any form of caffeine) and a meager diet.  By the time they are finished, almost ready to just get home and catch up on sleep and have a home-cooked meal, they forget that there are certain things they need to do before they head out. Now we have said they are sleep-deprived so you may want to gently remind them of some items they should take care of before they leave, less they risk coming back to their dorm or apartment smelling of rotten food, possible bugs, missing items. Here is that list: The Kitchen: Throw away all perishable food that may expire before they leave (or pack it […]

Does Your Student Get Assignments on “Breaks?” 

Assignments on Breaks are Breaking Me! Why do their professors do this the one time I get to see them all year? By Priscilla Beth Baker Here’s a common scenario when your child comes home for Thanksgiving, spring break, or even just the weekend – you barely see them because they are either streaming Netflix, sleeping, seeing high school friends, or buried in writing papers, assignments, or prepping for exams. The “quality time” you were hoping for? Not so much. The best you can hope for is sometimes a 20-minute family dinner that you spent 90 minutes preparing where everyone utters monosyllables and gets up in a flurry of non-gratitude and even less help. The Norman Rockwell rendition of the family dinner you envisioned all those weeks your child was away is rarely ever the case. You can probably embrace the first three activities they are engaging in while they are home […]

Searching for Scholarships, here are our suggestions!

Scholarships, Search no more! Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly. With so many scholarships available today, the trick is finding the ones that suit your student’s needs and that they will qualify for. Some scholarships are quite competitive, some last for four years, and some are downright silly, but pay for something. All make those bills for the next four (or more) years more bearable. Every year, I hear stories about the many thousands of dollars in scholarship money that are never applied for.  It does take a lot of work and time to research scholarships, apply for them, and to validate the authenticity of them. Our goal is to make it easy for you, […]

Destination Dorm Room Helps Students

This Holiday Season, A Way to Give Thanks Destination Dorm Supplies to Deserving Students With Thanksgiving and the holidays approaching, many of us will be celebrating the holidays over a festive meal with our college kids and family. But not everyone is so fortunate. This season, HaveUHeard is sharing the story of Destination Dorm, a scholarship program for graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence in the midst of financial hardship. The program assists students going to college through a Destination Dorm Box. These items will bring some basic comforts to their home away from home and provide an environment more conducive to learning.  The Jason Taylor Foundation has partnered with Meryl & Jamie to help bring the opportunity to as many deserving students as possible. Here is their story. Imagine being a first-generation college student, excited to begin your journey into post-secondary education at your dream school.  For some […]

College Apartments Top Ten List

Here is what you need to know about college apartments. Combined, our mom bloggers have put, and are still putting, well over ten kids through college. They’ve lived in dorms, apartments, and houses. We’ve gone through the “There’s a waiting list to get in so we have to sign today” to “It’s the only place my friends want to live.” And we indulged them because we wanted them to live in an apartment that was safe and felt like home (that was probably more for us than them). Today’s students are the beneficiaries of luxury apartments complete with rooftop pools, 24-hour fitness centers, basketball courts, game rooms and more. This may be quite different from what we called home in college and call now. It is more a reflection of what students expect from apartments today and it is driving a lot of the growth in college towns. Regardless of where your [...]

Managing College Chaos, When to Intervene

Some Tips for Success & When to Intervene in College Chaos by Priscilla Beth Baker I tend to see certain patterns throughout any given semester in my office. Leading into the first round of exams is always total chaos. And finals. Total chaos, particularly in the spring. Students get very worked up about their performance and how to juggle so many things at once since most exams seem to fall during the same weeks for all their classes (week 3, week 6, etc). This is when study habits are key. I encourage students for each class to look at the long-, mid- and short-term goals and backtrack in each case. Long term goal? The final exam. Mid-term goals – these two other exams. Short-term? These mini-assignments along the way. Then they need to set aside time daily/weekly/monthly to meet each of those goals for each of their classes.  Some students like to […]

Preparing for the “Unknown of College”

What an Academic Advisor Wants You to Know About the Unknown by Priscilla Beth Baker Many people have asked me recently what we as parents can do to better prepare our kids for college and being on their own. I think the “unknown” of college makes it an incredible stressor for both kids and their parents. My husband refers to it as “the black box.” You send your kid to this unknown black box and don’t have a real sense of what’s going on there, so we, as parents, look for opportunities to get a glimpse of what that looks like. It’s those unknowns of, “What will it be like? Will I make friends? Am I academically prepared? Will I be successful? Do I need to know what I am going to do for the rest of my life right now? What should I have done before now? What could I have […]

College Apartments – You Need to Know This

Here is what you need to know about college apartments. Combined, our mom bloggers have put, and are still putting, well over ten kids through college. They’ve lived in dorms, apartments, and houses. We’ve gone through the “There’s a waiting list to get in so we have to sign today” to “It’s the only place my friends want to live.” And we indulged them because we wanted them to live in an apartment that was safe and felt like home (that was probably more for us than them). Today’s students are the beneficiaries of luxury apartments complete with rooftop pools, 24-hour fitness centers, basketball courts, game rooms and more. This may be quite different from what we called home in college and call now. It is more a reflection of what students expect from apartments today and it is driving a lot of the growth in college towns. Regardless of where your [...]

College Ave – Loans Made Easy!

College Ave – Loans Made Easy! Whether you’re a parent or a student looking for a loan, College Avenue and HaveUHeard are here for you. We know getting loans is scary and complicated, so we partnered with College Avenue to provide you with an awesome connection. They built their private student loans to double-major in support and simplicity so it would be as painless as possible for you. Put their useful tools, faster application, and flexible loan options to the test. Apply online in 3 minutes and get an instant credit decision Free to apply and no disbursement fees Several repayment choices – and help to make sense of them Competitive variable and fixed-rate options1 Student loans available to graduate, bachelors and associates degrees A student loan designed for you. Take the stress out of paying for college by creating a private student loan that fits your budget and your goals. With […]

HaveUHeard Specialty Shop, Specially For You!

SPECIALTY SHOP HaveUHeard...has a special shop! We have aligned with these special companies for extra good deals on products for you and your college student. We know you love to shop and so do we! Our team is always on the lookout for collaborations that can bring you special deals! Thanks for visiting our own specially sourced shop! DormVault The first to design a safe for college life in 2007. DormVault has sold over 100,000 safes, so you can be assured that it will do the job in your dorm or apartment. The compact design maximizes tight living and storage space but holds lots of stuff. Since it doesn’t damage walls or furniture, DormVault complies with residence hall and apartment lease regulations. Each safe comes with a warranty and guarantee. Use HUH15 for a 15% discount!   Inked by Dani Inked has created more than just a temporary tattoo- inked is hand-drawn [...]

Advice to Parents from an Academic Advisor

Advice to Parents from an Academic Advisor by Priscilla Beth Baker Having had no less than 12 students (male and female) sob in my office in the past 3 weeks, this is a public service announcement to all my friends out there who have just sent or are soon to send their kids to college… Most of you know that I serve as an Academic Advisor at Virginia Tech. It puts me in the unique position of witnessing firsthand a lot of what most of you only speculate about higher ed and the college experience today. I am here to tell you that it is NOT the same as when we went to school, and that is for a variety of reasons. In my mind, it is a perfect storm of (1) high schools engaging in massive grade inflation and not fully preparing our kids for what lies ahead; (2) our generation’s […]

A Very Dangerous Place for a Child Is College

A Very Dangerous Place for a Child Is College by Dr. Louis M. Profeta  “Colleges should do this and colleges should do that, everyone says?” I walked across the front of the auditorium, stopped and faced the two hundred young men who had invited me to their fraternity house to speak. “Really?” I paused some more. “Colleges are supposed to do what… protect you from you?” It was a simple question, one they perhaps had not thought about in a world where some modern parenting involves hermetically sealing the previous 18–20 years of their lives from anything that could possibly hurt them. In reality, some of their parents—people who love them the most—were setting them up for academic failure, a lifetime of addiction … and even worse … their death. “It’s the incoming freshmen that cause most of the problems,” the upperclassman told me as he walked me to my car. “They come […]

Saying Goodbye at College Drop Off

The moment you say Goodbye… One by one the Freshmen arrive at college ready to take the next step in their journey.  Goodbye is something we’ll have to face. We knew this day would come, but when they started packing, the reality started to truly peek through. If you are as brave as I was, you will keep a stiff upper lip as you help them unpack, organize and make their beds. No matter how far in advance you planned, leave time on drop-off day should you need to run to the nearest store. The moment you say goodbye… Well, here’s my first bit of advice: wear big sunglasses to mask the tears. Then when you get in the car, you can really let it flow. Yes, you can be happy for them as they take this next step, but the loss you feel is real and nothing to be ashamed of. […]

How Students Can Obtain Tax Information

How College Students Can Obtain Tax Information for Financial Aid Purposes We received some very helpful information we want to pass along to you… The IRS has advised college students and families that, when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, they can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to obtain tax information necessary to fill out the form. Other options are also available to obtain tax information (IRS Tax Tip 2019-82). The federal government offers various forms of financial aid for college students, including loans and scholarships. To be eligible for such aid, students must fill out a FAFSA form each year, which contains financial and other relevant information on the student and the student’s family. Students filling out the form must provide information from their most recent federal tax return. Students should, therefore, keep copies of their returns. If copies of the most recent return are […]

Sorority Recruitment – Four Rounds and You’re In!!

Rush Around and Get Ready for Sorority Recruitment! I remember my daughters going through sorority recruitment. The first one was convinced that her outfit selections were the reason she got dropped from many of the houses. That is very hard to hear from your daughter especially when you have spent much of their lives trying to teach them that beauty comes from within. I did not want them so focused on brands or trying to dress in a way that was not representative of who they were. But, recruitment is one of those times when you are judged on appearances. I am not suggesting that those going through sorority recruitment should dress in a way that does not make them feel comfortable. They can show their personality through their outfit choices and accessories. And I don’t think you have to spend more than you are budgeted for. We have found that there are [...]

Sick at School

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Out-of-State Internship? Now where will they live?

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Storage for Their Stuff

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Preparing for Grad School Exams

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Graduation Tips for the Seriously Graduating!

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Study Abroad Programs for Students

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Away for the High Holidays

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Where The Wind Blows…

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

What to Expect From the Transition to College

Congratulations! Your baby is becoming an adult. Did that sentence make you a little queasy? Sending your student off to college is bittersweet. For that matter, being a parent is bittersweet. It’s a constant tug of war amongst your emotions. On the one hand, you’re bursting with pride when your precious one meets milestones (you know, like high school graduation) and on the other, you’re saddened that they are growing up too fast (like heading off to college). College is an amazing opportunity for your student. It’s an outstanding place for your student to blossom from the teenager that’s been eating all of your food and keeping you up at night to an emerging adult poised to go out into the world and experience greatness. But like any new phase of life, the transition from high school to college, from teenager to emerging adult, from dependent to independent is full of growing […]

Smash Stress! Send Exam Care Packages

To Help Ease Their Stress During Exam Week Midterm and finals can be some of the biggest stressors for your student. Don’t expect too many calls from your students during exams. I typically do not speak to my daughter during finals or exam weeks. My calls usually get a “sorry I cannot talk right now” text response followed by an “I’m at the library mom” text. I also know that she is not going to eat healthily and probably going to consume any form of caffeine she can get whether it is coffee or energy drinks and late-night snacks most likely consisting of pizza and junk. Everything from eating habits to sleep habits, from study skills to exercise changes during exam time. I hate to say it but I had my share of all-nighters when I went to UF and, no matter how good a student you may have, when there is […]

Why are we writing this informative blog?

Here’s why… Over the course of the four years, our kids were at college, we had so many “I wish I would have known,” or as we commonly refer to as “huh?” moments starting their freshman year and all through their graduation. This included “We wish we would have known when to book a hotel for a football game, we wish we would have known where to send our kids when they were sick; we wish we would have known what the good local places to order cupcakes for their birthday since we would not be there, and the list goes on and on. So our why are we doing this? To make the way easier for other parents. As working parents, we did not have the time to search for information inside and outside the walls of UCF and UF yet alone get answers from our kids. A few years into […]

Minimizing Risk for Collegiate Women on Campus

Safety for Collegiate Women, What’s the Risk? There is a lot of talk about safety on college campuses right now, and rightfully so. The risk seems right around the corner. With more reports of sexual assault, recreational drug use, and hazing deaths, it’s no wonder parents have concerns about sending their kids off into these environments without curfews and social supervision. According to College Moxie’s focus-group feedback from thousands of collegiate women nationwide, female students (perhaps now more than ever) need parents and mentors who will listen to and support them without judgment. They crave a safe space to talk about their “stuff” and recognize a need for face-to-face connection with their peers and mentors that allows for that. Shame and perceived judgment are severe impactors of women, and this often results in women trying to work through things alone. To further complicate matters, these women also made it clear that “adult” […]

Meal Plans

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Teaching Them to Budget during College

My Best Budget Advice as a Parent Three times the charm. Well, I suppose that isn’t fair; all three of my kids are charming and adorable. The difference is that not all three are very good with money and frankly I blame myself a little for that. I am not one to preach, but since you asked, the best advice I would give to a parent of a new college student is to give them a budget and make them stick to it. With my first college student, there was no real budget. She called and said she needed more and I supplied. Her requests never seemed too unreasonable. I paid her rent, credit cards, car expenses, food and so on. It all seemed so logical. Why then, as a college graduate in the real world, did she have such a tough time navigating bill paying and budgeting? Because she never had […]

IRL Mom – Julie Ann Bray

Mom Blogger Julie Do you know what IRL means? I bet you do because you have post-millennials kids, In Real Life. HaveUHeard has only IRL bloggers and interns to get your university specific info. Here is one of our mom’s who blogs about USF. She is the mother of two, a “pre-Knight” who is still in high school and real Knight. Julie Ann Bray is a former elementary and special education teacher. A native Floridian she is a stay at home mom and writer who graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Julie is active with the USF Alumni and loves traveling, enjoying Florida’s beaches, and spending time with her family. Want to be an IRL mom blogger for HaveUHeard? If you like researching local info and writing about your personal experiences of being the mom (or dad) of a college student and you have […]

IRL Mom – Debbie Friedman

Mom Blogger Debbie Do you know what IRL means? I bet you do because you have post-millennials kids, In Real Life. HaveUHeard has only IRL bloggers and interns to get your university specific info. Here is one of our mom’s who blogs about FSU & UNF. She is the mother of two Noles and one Osprey. Debbie is a Coral Springs mom. She moved to Coral Springs in 1994 so she’s seen it grow and has raised three awesome kids, all who attend, or have attended Florida state colleges. Her oldest son graduated from FSU in 2017 and her younger son is currently at FSU. Her daughter is currently at UNF. Besides adjusting to being an empty nester, Debbie enjoys exercising – cardio and yoga, baking (including the best chocolate chip cookies in the world) that’s why all the exercising! Relaxing includes reading, spending time with her friends and fiancé, who also […]

IRL – Catie Kuter

Blogger Catie Do you know what IRL means? I bet you do because you have post-millennials kids, In Real Life. HaveUHeard has only IRL bloggers and interns to get your university specific info. Here is one of our bloggers about FAU. Most of our bloggers are moms but Catie is an all-around FAU alumnus She is the and is active in many current events on campus. Not a mom but a super aunt of five nephews…five! Catie is a south Florida native, she graduated with a degree in history from FAU. An active alumnus at her alma mater, and with her local sorority alumni association. A real FAU specialist she is immersed in FAU details. Boca history fact: did you know that in the beginning, there was an airbase – the Boca Raton Army Air Field. This facility, one of the few radar training schools operated by the U.S. Army Air Corps […]

IRL Mom – Susanne Jacoby Hale

Mom Blogger Susanne Do you know what IRL means? I bet you do because you have post-millennials kids, In Real Life. HaveUHeard has only IRL bloggers and interns to get your university specific info. Here is one of our mom’s who blogs about FSU & UCF. Susanne Jacoby Hale is a former high school teacher who focused on dropout prevention. She is presently a family mediator and has earned her master’s degree from New York University in education and creative writing. Susanne also constructively critiques and edits college application essays. She also used her creative writing skills in her contemporary romance book that draws upon her own years teaching at-risk students at a New York City public high school. The plot is about a teacher reaches out to the children the educational system has left behind—all while desperately wanting children of her own. Check out her debut novel, Shades of Gray. Want to be […]

Out-of-State Internship? Now where will they live?

Where Will They Live during their Internship? Did they get an out-of-state internship? Both of my daughters had internships during the summer between their junior and senior years. And both ended up interning in New York City. Since they did not get their internship until early Spring, some of their housing options were quite limited. And, not being familiar with interning out of state, we grabbed what was available. You can read about interning in New York City here. But what if their internship takes them to another large city? Some of the housing options are very expensive. You can look on Craigslist or in Facebook groups – but be careful because there are some scams. They don’t have to live on a college campus, many of which open their dorms for summer interns. They can rent from another student in an apartment. You can check the Uloop Housing section to find sublets. […]

Interning in New York City, here’s where to stay.

Who doesn’t want to live in New York City? Ok, I am a little partial. I am a born and bred New Yorker, living in S. Florida for 25 plus years, and I still love it. And so do many of our students, which is why New York is so popular for summer internships. They will need a place to live. Where to look for housing? There are many options. Most interning students live in dorms in various colleges throughout the city. New York University – is the most popular and fills quickly. My daughter lived downtown on the border of Little Italy in an NYU dorm one summer. The dorm wasn’t very fancy, but the security was tight and the living space was huge, well for NYC. NYU has multiple dorms in a few parts of the city. To save money living in the NYU dorms students can share a room. […]

Career Fairs & Internships

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Moving Out Already?

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Planning to Sublease an Apartment?

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Tax Time

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

How Students Can Obtain Tax Information

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

College Ave – Loans Made Easy!

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Get Involved!

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly.

Tutoring

This is not high school where a student can often coast by; succeeding at University level requires taking classes seriously. At the same time, there are many other opportunities to get involved and enjoy these four years including football games, Greek life, and outdoor activities.

Florida Prepaid

What Does Prepaid Really Pay For? Many of us who have lived in Florida, planned for our students’ education by taking advantage of the Florida Prepaid program. The program allows families to prepay for their child’s education at a guaranteed fixed rate. Many of us, also, were practically in shock when our last payment came due, possibly because that meant that college was right around the bend. If you are anything like me you made your payments habitually, but when it came time to actually register my kids for a university in the state of Florida, we weren’t completely sure what all those years of payments were going to cover. Now we know. We will admit we learned along the way. For instance, we did not pay for dorms for more than one year as we were advised not to since many students choose not to live in the dorms beyond freshman […]

Types of Student Loans

What are your options? When I attended school back in 1979, my Dad had four of us in college at the same time. It was through student loans that my parents were able to manage the costs of all four of us attending school along with some parental financial support. Unfortunately, as far back as I can remember, many students including myself, have used their student loans for entertainment, shopping, vacations, etc. The Department of Education loans money for school and it is imperative for your student to understand that student loans should not be used for frivolous spending. Trust me, I learned the hard way. The loans and interest (depending on the type of loan you have) add up very quickly. Repayment of said loans can be a huge monthly cost; therefore, understanding all the terms of student loans is, in my opinion, essential. In all cases, you must begin with […]

Credit Cards for College Students

What Every Student Should Know Recently I told my daughter to go pay something with a check. She responded by asking me if she had those somewhere. She literally had never written one. In a day of Venmo, Zelle, debit and credit cards, people, students included, just don’t seem to carry cash anymore and checks are becoming more and more archaic. Credit cards, though, can be scary for students; particularly when they see the word “limit” and somehow skip over the fact that those balances have to get paid. Given that we made some serious errors with our oldest regarding money management, we decided to approach things differently with young adult #3. As she entered her sophomore year, we actually encouraged her to get a credit card. We began by explaining the reasons why: Establish credit Learn to manage money Provide ease and convenience when paying for things Take advantage of offers […]

Safety Tips For Using Rideshare

Important  Rideshare Reminders I remember when I first heard about the rideshare company, Uber and thought it was a brilliant concept for so many reasons; one of which was that it should cut down on people driving after drinking and provide a way that my college kids didn’t walk home late at night or alone. I still think the idea is great and encourage my kids to continue to use Uber, Lyft, Wahi Ride or whatever their choice may be; however, before more scary stories show up in the news, we have had to create some new rules to be sure that they remain safe. Of course, the first rules are that whenever possible ride with a friend and when you feel the slightest bit uneasy, do not hesitate to call for a campus police escort. Simple rules: Confirm the name of the driver, make of the car and license plate. In […]

The First Few Weeks at College

We completed the drop. We unloaded the car in the treacherous Florida heat and we set up their rooms. The bed was made, everything had been put away and it only took two trips to Target for things we didn’t realize we would need. We said our see-ya-laters and shed the appropriate amount of tears. It was when I got into the car without our new college freshman, all the advice we meant to give them about those first few weeks lay dormant somewhere between the big lump in my throat and my empty heart. Forgive me if I sound dramatic, but the truth is there is a great deal to be said at that time. Whether or not they take to heart is another story. Perhaps starting the conversation a few weeks before drop-off is a better idea. Getting Started Those first few weeks of college are a crucial time for […]

I Wish I Would Have Known

I didn’t know, did you? HaveUHeard was an idea born when our older kids were at the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida. As working parents, we did not have the time to search for information inside and outside the walls of UCF and UF yet alone get answers from our kids. We had so many “I wish I would have known,” or as we commonly refer to it as “huh?” moments over the four years our older kids were at college. That is when we thought, “What if there was a one-stop place for parents to get not only detailed information about the university but also the surrounding community? Then we would have known some of what was to come. Recognizing how stressful the college process is, from orientation through graduation, we created HaveUHeard to provide the inside scoop from current students and parents; a been there, done […]

GAP Year, should they take one?

Should Your Student Take a Gap Year Off Before Graduate School? I remember when I started graduate school and on the first day of class, we were assigned to read over 300 pages and write a paper before the next class. My jaw dropped and I wondered if the professor was serious. Not every class is like this, but after four years in college, some students may choose to take a break before jumping into graduate school; whether it’s medical school, law school, an MBA or just about any other advanced degree. Graduate school can be a grind. There are other reasons students choose to take a break; or gap year, before going on to pursue an advanced degree. Many graduate programs prefer students to have some time out in the working world before grad school. It is not uncommon for students to partake in internships that will provide them with experience […]

What is  – FAFSA?

First Applicants Find Substantial Assets, of course! FAFSA is the national Free Application for Federal Student Aid but, based on how aid is distributed. Because aid is distributed on a first come, first serve basis, every student that hopes to receive aid for college must fill out this form to even be considered. Every college has their own deadline. Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students were able to file the FAFSA using prior-prior year (PPY) tax data. As a result of this change, you now can submit the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year on October 1, 2018, using your 2017 tax and income information. (Summer applicants for 2018 need to submit a 2017-2018 application). If you have not done so already, you will also need to complete that year’s application as well. The IRS link for a tax return is no longer available for the 2017-2018 application and will have to […]

What Are Your Legal Rights With Your Student?

HaveUHeard that once your child is 18, they are considered a legal adult? It was close to 10 p.m. when I received the call from my daughter, now a junior in college, that she had fallen during an intramural soccer game and was pretty sure she broke her elbow. Her friend was driving her to the emergency room. Here I was, over 350 miles away, it was late at night and I would not be able to do much of anything but worry. I told her to put me on speakerphone when she saw a doctor so I could hear what was going on. I had not given any thought to the fact that my daughter was over 18 years of age, so legally, I was not entitled to the same level of information, or access, that I had been for her first 18 years. Click here for access to the legal […]

First Time Student Loan Borrower?

You’ll Need to Do This. What is the Entrance Counseling? In July of 2016, the U.S. Department of Education made it a requirement that, in order to have student loans disbursed, all students must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling. This counseling includes information needed to successfully repay the federal student loans they will be receiving to help pay for college costs. You can get more information here. If you have not previously received a Direct Loan or Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL), the federal government requires you to complete entrance counseling to ensure that you understand the responsibilities and obligations you are assuming. You must complete entrance counseling before you can receive the proceeds of your first Direct Loan. If you are completing entrance counseling to borrow a loan as an undergraduate student, then the entrance counseling will fulfill counseling requirements for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans. If you are […]

Orientation and What You Don’t Need to Bring

Ok, here you go on the big new adventure! Orientation and moving into a dorm. Here is what we’ve found to be the most helpful suggestions. Let us know if you have anything to add!

Dorm Vault

One more thing to worry about, is the stuff safe? Right up there with the call from my college daughter that she lost her phone, keys, student ID, (fill in the blank)

Sick Students at School

It’s bound to happen.  At some point, while our kids are at college, the phone will ring and suddenly our mature, independent college student will sound like a preschooler again. There is little worse than when they tell you how sick they feel and you are far away.

Twas the Night before Holiday Vacation

And So the Story Goes… Winter break, visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, family time and maybe a family vacation; and having your student home. But your vision and your student’s vision of winter break may just be polar opposites. Hanging out with you on vacation every day may not be what your student is planning on doing.  And while we are all excited to have our kids home, there needs to be a mutual meeting of the minds, so to speak. Yes, some have had very stressful semesters and may need this downtime. If that is the case, definitely give them a few days to get used to being home. Expect that they have changed; just as you too have changed as you both adjusted to a new family dynamic. You may notice a new sense of independence and self-sufficiency. And that is something to be excited about. Of […]

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