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Want to Get Back The Security Deposit?

Make Sure Your Student Has Made Their Place Security Deposit Spotless! There is a way to get the security deposit back but it will require a little effort, here is how we can help you. I have personally been through four dorm move-outs (summer and fall for two daughters) and six apartment move-outs not to mention our bloggers. And yes, there have been plenty of move out charges ranging from the burned desk chair in her dorm room (courtesy of a hair appliance), to dirty stovetop drip pans (yes some apartment managers will charge you for that). Hopefully, you have heeded our advice when your student moved in and included EVERYTHING in the move-in form they gave you (make a copy of this form) AND took plenty of time stamp photos of EVERYTHING! And by everything, we mean mismatched paint on the walls (from other tenants or landlord filling in holes and […]

Dealing with Uncertainty

No Matter How Much Uncertainty Surrounds College This Fall Written by Dr. Christina Z. Atti, PsyD—Licensed Clinical Psychologist We are all questioning the uncertainty of what the future holds during these unprecedented times, Dr. Christina Atti has some good advice for us. The current pandemic has proven to be psychologically draining for college students, and recent graduates, who are worried about their futures. So many questions go unanswered like “When will I be able to return to school? WILL I be able to go back? Can I see my friends? Should I look for a job?”. A lot is out of our control and many facets of our lives are being impacted including school, work, finances, socializing, and travel. Waiting in limbo can create a lot of stress, anxiety, fear, and depression, and that may leave some in unchartered territories on how to cope. Be gentle with yourself, but also acknowledge that […]

A Perfect 10

We Now Have 10 Schools HaveUHeard we have a perfect 10! We’ve gone OOS adding the University of Georgia, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the University of Maryland. That’s in addition to the seven Florida colleges we include. We know that college is complicated and getting all of the answers can be daunting, frustrating, and stressful. Some of us rely on our students sharing information with us, some will spend time searching the college website or the parent pages and some will even call the school. We get it because we are also parents of college students who had so many of what we have come to refer to as “huh?” moments. 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 that approach from trusted sources… A place to get information right at your fingertips […]

Diversity and Inclusion for LGBTQ College Students

LGBTQ Campus Support and Resources College can be challenging for all students which is why finding ways to make connections with others who identify similarly can make a big difference. Although LGBTQ PRIDE is becoming more prevalent, the LGBTQ community often face additional pressures or concerns. The majority of college campuses today offer resources and information about support systems available to both help navigate the college environment and make connections in a group setting. Many colleges have faculty or student-led groups that champion and empower the LGBTQ community promoting advocacy and education as well as creating opportunities for socialization and support. Campuses are not only taking an active stance against prejudiced behavior; they are also making sure that LGBTQ students have a place where they can feel welcome. The American College Health Association estimates that at least 10% of college students identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, asexual, pansexual, or questioning. There […]

Here’s One for the Books, College Textbook Info

The Rising Cost of College Textbooks As if college tuition isn’t expensive enough, students still need to pay for books and supplies. Those costs are included in the Cost of Attendance (COA). The COA at your student’s school can easily be found (but we are giving it to you here). FAU  FSU   UCF   UF   UM   UNF   USF   UGA   IU   UMD Books average around $1000 annually (These figures are averages and will vary from student to student and university to university.They are indirect costs not billed by the university). Now that students are getting ready to return to school, the reality begins. The whole reason they are at college is to learn and take classes, meaning they will need to have the necessary tools to do so, including books. Textbooks can be very expensive, so it is important to make informed decisions when picking out […]

Colleges are Talking About Learning Terms, What are They?

What Do They Mean? When my oldest started college, there were all sorts of terms that began floating in and out of our conversations that led me directly to Google. Years later, the new terminology keeps coming particularly now, with so many changes to how our college students are learning. There are quite a few words and phrases that have become commonplace that can be helpful to know especially as universities determine how classes will be delivered in the fall. Besides, terms like FAFSA, which, after years of filling out, I still wish it would go away; there are other expressions that can help students find their best learning environment. However; first be sure you understand the difference between online vs remote learning, and any financial ramifications since they both seem to be creeping into our student’s lives faster than we could have foreseen. While both can be done from home, remote […]

How Will Students Stay Safe & Sane at College

Where are the Safe Places to Go Safe, sane, and happy? As colleges devise plans to reopen in the fall, they are also coming up with ways to keep our students safe, sane and healthy. However, no matter what rules they come up with and how many masks they distribute; students have to adhere to them if they are going to be effective. Sadly, as soon as the bars opened in one college town; they were packed with mask-free college students desperate for some long-awaited fun, and within a week, students started to test positive for Covid19. We are not judging, by any means; we too are a bit anxious to see friends and get out of the house. We also understand that college is not solely about getting a degree. Perhaps there are some other options to overcrowded bars and frat parties that will offer college students some safer alternatives for […]

Grill, Chill & Thrill this July 4th!

What are your plans? Traditionally, most of us would celebrate our country’s independence by heading to beaches, parks, and enjoying fireworks. And while parks have opened and you can certainly enjoy grill, chill or thrill time with your family and friends, most city fireworks events have been canceled or postponed. Grill In lieu of large community gatherings, we can still celebrate America at home. You can grab some patriotic party supplies at Party City including decorations, balloons, tableware, and more. Order online and pick up in-store. Or check out Target’s 4th of July Party Supplies Kit and their Americana Party Collection. As far as food goes, you can take out from your favorite restaurant or even have your entire menu delivered from Instacart or Shipt. I have a membership to both and what has been so great about it is not only can I use it for my own deliveries, but I […]

The Container Store

They’ve got a container for that! The Container Store has grown to be the leading specialty retailer of storage and organization products in the United States and the only national retailer solely devoted to the category. With locations from coast to coast, their stores average 25,000 square-feet and offer more than 10,000 innovative products. They’re not just selling empty boxes; our time-saving solutions allow us to give our customers the promise of organized life. Most of their stores are open for shopping (at reduced capacity) and contactless curbside pick-up. They are offering 20% off from July 16th through August 16, 2020, for college students. Simply click on this link and you can save on essential storage solutions.       From decorative storage to closet essentials, you will find almost anything you need for your student’s dorm room or apartment. You can even purchase their college drop zone solution set which includes […]

Jobs That May Pay for Your Student Loan

Why Not Get Your Student Loan Forgiven Imagine getting your student loans paid off. It may sound too good to be true, but HaveUHeard if you work for a certain amount of time in a job with student loan forgiveness options, you could get your loan balance canceled? It doesn’t necessarily have to be a job that you plan to stick with for the rest of your life, although that would be great too; however, the experience these jobs could provide can also beef up a resume for later. These types of jobs are generally plentiful due to a shortage of workers possibly because most aren’t very high paying. Here are some jobs and fields that could offer student loan forgiveness: Medical Professionals Perhaps you intend to go to medical or nursing school. You may want to consider serving in the military for a few years after graduation. The Association of American Medical Colleges maintains […]

College in the Fall

What College Will Look Like for Students in the Fall Right about now our high school seniors should be attending graduation parties and beginning their shopping sprees to fill the dorm rooms of whichever college they decided on. However, these unprecedented times – are you as tired of that term as I am – have put another decision on our plates. Much bigger than when can they finally get a haircut, students and parents now have to decide if their college of commitment turns out to do all online classes in the fall. We already have heard some indication of what campus will look like. Dorm rooms will be limited to a maximum of two roommates, many will not allow outside visitors into the dorms, students will need to wear masks, in-person class sizes will be limited to allow for social distancing. If dorms are open and then the state decides to […]

Go Coastal Studios, Lovely Watercolors

Go Coastal Studios by Artist Melissa Rinaldi Finding a unique gift – whether it be a graduation, birthday, or for their home – can be tough; however, Melissa Rinaldi has made it easy. Her company, Go Coastal Studios, brings the tropical feel of going to or having gone to college in Florida to her creative and personalized artwork. Her university watercolors as maps, which will brighten any dorm or a new home for an alumnus or grad announcements, are spectacular. The announcements cost between $45 and $90. We are also big fans of her painted university pumpkins and cocktail mermaids. Artist Melissa Rinaldi of Go Coastal Studios makes all sorts of things for UCF, UF, FSU, FAU, UM, and USF. She can put her beautiful maps and illustrations on sun shirts ($40), blankets ($65), fine art prints (between $25 and $225 depending on size), and beach towels ($45). Another favorite is her original […]

Greetabl, more than a card.

Greetabl is more than a card, more personal than flowers. I was introduced to Greetabl when I received this adorable, small box that was personalized with HaveUHeard from one of our employees. It was their way of saying they appreciated us and included a small token gift. Since then, I have recommended this company to many friends as well as sending my own Greetabl to my daughters. Whether it is sending a little something to say thank you, or perhaps, during midterms, or when they feel sick, or for their birthday, or just because you want them to know you’re thinking of them; it doesn’t have to be big to have a cheery impact. Greetabl takes the guesswork out of creating the perfect little pick me up for any recipient. The Greetabl boxes are art-worthy to start and can even be personalized with your own photos. Of course, my most recent favorite was […]

Impactful Books for Young Adults

HaveUHeard of Any of These Books? Impactful books for mom and dads too! I am that mother, that aunt; that friend, that sister, that always sends books as gifts. I mean, books don’t go out of style, can be read and reread, and may very well be filled with anything from adventure, philosophy, emotion, and imagination. What other gifts can you give that may have all that and more? Giving books to recent graduates, or young adults that may have a little more time on their hands these days may actually impact their lives as they begin their new journey is one of my favorite gifts. Choosing just the right book might provide an impact as well as long-lasting enjoyment. HaveUHeard of any of these? We think these are pretty impactful and highly recommend: How to Skimm Your Life by The Skimm, Elise Randall Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson, MD- […]

Home Workouts with My Daughters

Great Gear for Home Workouts Are you doing any home workouts during this at-home time? I’ve been home with my young adult daughters since mid-March after having been an empty nester for the past few years. They’re really into working out but without their gym, we’ve learned to make the best at home. Between them training me on workouts and following some workouts on Instagram, I’ve been able to lose some of the unwanted weight that crept up. If it’s one thing we’ve seen an overabundance of during quarantine (besides banana bread), it’s home workout videos. I know we’re all trying to avoid the Quarantine-15 by working out inside, but how do you get the motivation to get the body moving? New workout weights, resistance bands, yoga mats, and clothes, that’s how! With all the current sales, we have your best options for upgrading your workout wardrobe! My friends that have purchased […]

The Day for Dad’s 2020

What to Get All The Dad’s It’s dad’s turn to take the spotlight. On June 21st, it’s time to grab the craft beer, cigars, and golf clubs to celebrate the special dad’s in our lives. With new trends that have developed during quarantine in 2020, we’re here to help you put a smile on his face while staying within your budget. Fun Card Let’s start with the basics – a card, of course! With the busy lives we all lead on a daily basis, sometimes those heart to heart conversations take the back seat. Now’s your time to put into writing what your dad means to you. With many states in phase one of reopening or still in the stay at home orders, Lovepop has made it easy for you to purchase a card and have it delivered. If you choose delivery, we suggest buying a minimum of one week in advance […]

Student Loans During COVID-19 

Loans and COVID, here’s how to navigate… On top of everything else in this crazy COVID world, you are worried about student loans. Here are some answers to questions you might have. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enables you to pause payments on federal student loans. In fact, payments on federal student debt are suspended from March 13, 2020, to September 30, 2020. You do not have to do anything to qualify for this administrative forbearance as it is automatic. And, no interest on your loans will accrue during the time period when payment obligations are suspended. This stimulus package relief applies only to federal student loans, though. If you have private student loans, you’re still obligated to pay them. You will want to contact your student loan servicer for emergency options available to you. If you’re looking to save money, you may want to research refinancing options, which are […]

Cares Act Information

Cares Act – Student Emergency Funding Under the CARES ACT enacted on March 27th, 2020,  higher education institutions received funds to support students and higher education institutions with expenses and financial aid needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If your student needs additional financial assistance after exhausting all other options, they should apply online at their school’s online resources. Students with existing FAFSA applications are being given priority. Some schools do not require an application as they have identified those that are potentially eligible. If your financial situation has changed, you will need to go back and fill out a FAFSA. If you have not already, file a financial aid petition. Some schools are no longer accepting applications due to an overwhelming demand but may have other university funds available so we recommend continuing to check your schools’ financial aid website. FAU FSU UCF UF UM UNF USF UGA IU These funds […]

College Majors to Pursue

Perhaps It’s Time to Consider Majors that are Sustainable in Tough Times Students usually choose their majors over a period of time. I have always been a fan of taking a variety of classes until you find the ones that you enjoy most and choosing your majors around that. However; in these unprecedented times, students might want to take recent events into consideration when choosing a major. As with any major event, such as a recession, war, or, in this case, a pandemic, there is a shift in what type of degree a student may want to consider pursuing. Certainly, the job market will look different in the future. Contemplating what jobs were sustainable throughout the pandemic may also help in the decision-making process. For instance, public health which can include hospital management, infectious disease, and clinical research, among other things, was already a fast-growing major but may continue to grow due […]

Fanatics MLB Face Masks

We are all going to have to wear them… so you might as well make it FUN! Get your social distancing masks with your favorite NFL or MLB team so you can show your spirit! Be responsible and have some personality with your face mask showing exactly which team is yours. HaveUHeard features Fanatics! They have your favorite NFL and MLB teams on face masks. This is a pre-sell item. Orders containing this product will be shipped separately. This item will ship no later than Thursday, June 11th. The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work. The CDC Foundation is currently mobilized to support CDC, health departments, and others in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NFL/MLB and FOCO will support the CDC Foundation by donating all […]

Sorority Recruitment: What to Expect & What to Wear

Four Rounds and You’re In a Sorority!! This is an unusual, unprecedented time. The situation and circumstances continue to evolve daily. Please start your planning for any event by checking your university website. 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 […]

Fanatics NFL Face Masks

We are all going to have to wear them… so you might as well make it FUN! Get your social distancing masks with your favorite NFL or MLB team so you can show your spirit! Be responsible and have some personality with your face mask showing exactly which team is yours. HaveUHeard features Fanatics! They have your favorite NFL and MLB teams on face masks. This is a pre-sell item. Orders containing this product will be shipped separately. This item will ship no later than Thursday, June 11th. The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work. The CDC Foundation is currently mobilized to support CDC, health departments, and others in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NFL and FOCO will support the CDC Foundation by donating all […]

Etsy

Creating Work and Study Home Space from Etsy With quarantine being the norm these days, working or studying from home is a challenge we’re all facing during these times. Suddenly the house seems more crowded and everyone is having zoom calls and meetings on speakerphones. We’re here to help make this a comfortable transition for you and your family by setting up a home or study office that is bound to put your household at ease by creating a peaceful setting with the help of Etsy. How can you turn your personal space into a workspace to increase productivity while also ensuring you can separate work from your downtime? It’s a question that many people are currently asking. We’ve mapped out an easy and cost-efficient way to do so by bringing you our suggestions from Etsy. What we love about Etsy, besides their prices, is that it consists of a community of […]

Pivoting to Adapt this Summer

Pivoting to Adapt May Pay Off for Your Student by Priscilla  Beth Baker Many of your kids are understandably worried about not being able to get jobs after graduation or internships related to their majors this summer due to COVID-19. Some companies are holding off on hiring decisions, switching to “virtual” jobs or internships, outright canceling internships due to budget cuts, or sometimes just sending money out to students whose internships were canceled. Some summer and fall co-ops will hopefully start late if things are more or less back to normal in time for the Fall semester. What we are hearing in the advising world is that current employers will be forgiving of students not having an internship this summer but will expect that they will do something to improve their skill set and experience. Here are some ideas to pass on to your kids to make the most of their time: […]

Celebrating Your Student’s Quarantined Graduation

Celebrating Your Student’s Quarantined Graduation at Home Graduation was a day we all looked forward to… we booked our hotels long in advance, made reservations for meals around the ceremony, and were all set to celebrate our students’ achievement. But today, those graduation plans are changing because of the quarantine. Some will have virtual ceremonies. Some will postpone until a later date. But, no matter when or where it happens, the fact remains that we are all extremely saddened by these changes because we’re all quarantined. Hopefully, many of your students got to take graduation photos before they left. For the ones that did not, some of the colleges will allow you to keep the regalia ordered and they will be mailing them (unless you want a refund). For the colleges where you rent the regalia, check your school’s graduation updates as some are allowing students to choose a refund or to […]

Celebrating Your Student’s “Quarantine” Birthday

Celebrating a Quarantine Birthday Now That They Are Home We have addressed birthday ideas when your student was away at college. It was one of those milestones that served as another reminder that we wouldn’t be celebrating together. But today, birthday plans are changing because of the quarantine. We’re here to help you make sure your student’s birthday is still one to remember and puts a smile on their face. From friendly drive-bys and honking horns to turning your house into a night out, the creative juices are flowing from all over the world. Keep in mind, that planning ahead is important as you may need to order supplies, so take a look at our ideas below along with everything you need to create your own at-home birthday party. Let them Eat Cake What’s the number one item of a celebration? Cake! Whether you’re baking something from scratch or ordering something pre-made, […]

First Semester Expectations for your Student

Once You Drop Them Off for First Semester As their first semester gets underway, you may have some new questions or concerns. We, at HaveUHeard, are real parents of real college kids and we know we certainly did. For instance, why do they seem like they are struggling academically when they got such good grades in high school? Where can they go to get some tutoring? How can they deal with stress at college? So, for all the things that Orientation did not answer, we hope we can help. The saying about only being as happy as your most unhappy child still stands, even when they are at college. Our students, however, may be dealing with a whole new kind of stress. Every school is prepared. Find out what their college has to offer and be sure they are aware too as Stress Happens to All of Them. This might be a […]

Learning About Your University

HaveUHeard Shares Helpful University Info It looks like these unprecedented times mean that just about everything these days is online. That would include Orientation for freshmen and their parents. However, there is a lot of we can help you learn and hopefully answer some questions that Virtual Orientation for your university may not. It is certainly possible that you have already toured the college your student will be attending, but now is when you are going to want specifics about the dorms. What size mattress does the room come with? Is there a refrigerator? Where are the best places to shop for all they will need? Actually, what will they really need? HaveUHeard has your back. FAU     FSU    UCF    UF    UM    UNF   USF   UGA   IU CampusReel For a student perspective, CampusReel provides tours as well giving students their view of campus life and their […]

Safety Nets for Students

Your Safety Net – Emergency Relief Options These unprecedented times, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have left some students facing new challenges. The colleges recognize this and are updating their websites to offer additional information and offer a safety net for students. Like the news, the material changes rapidly and HaveUHeard is doing its best to pass along resourceful and factual information. Most schools have set up Emergency Relief Funds safety net for students that are unable to work or are simply feeling a strain on their finances due to these uncertain times. Schools are focusing on matters concerning food insecurity, medical bills, availability of technology and housing assistance. If your student needs to apply for emergency funds, this is where you will want to start. Perhaps your situation is better than others… Please consider donating to support other students. Visit your school’s website at the following links: FAU    FSU    […]

The Stress…Happens to All

Stress Happens to All of Us Stress happens to all of us, including our kids. As though a full schedule and trying to maintain a social life isn’t enough to cause a little stress, our students have things like exams, jobs, and in most cases these days, if not all, online classes, which can bring about a new source of tension. Every college is on top of being there for students when things can get emotionally rocky. They offer various programs, resources, counseling, workshops, training; most of which are free to our students. Each school has its own counseling programs; some of which can be done online. There are often presentations that address various topics that may cause stress for college students. Often, colleges help students prepare for exams by offering relaxation techniques right when they are needed most. Students can look for guided meditations around campus or, perhaps, begin doing yoga. There […]

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 […]

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     […]

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. […]

Backyard Tailgate!

Backyard Tailgate Party! As we are quarantined, many have discovered fun ways to spend our days. From family Olympics to our own obstacle courses using household items, it is reminiscent of the days when we made up our own games using only our imaginations and whatever we could rummage up in the house. Being a sports family, we truly missed spring training and opening day of baseball, spring football debut of our favorite college teams, and of course, all the sports that would normally be taking place. So why not try to bring the sports back into your own home and throw a backyard tailgate to support your favorite team? We’ve got you covered with cornhole sets, pop up table tennis sets, four-game set, hook and ring games, target practice games, tumble towers, and more. Enjoy great savings, support your favorite team, and make some family memories with your own backyard tailgate. [...]

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

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 students, they dream of going away to college […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 the days of Venmo, Cash App, Zelle, debit, and credit cards, many 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 […]

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. 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 completing entrance counseling to borrow a […]

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)

Mother’s Day Quarantine Gifts

You want to do something nice, try these gifts! Mother’s Day will take on a whole new meaning this year. Perhaps you are still away at college and social distancing from your mom or maybe you’ve been home since quarantining began. No matter, you still will want to help her celebrate.  You’ll need to plan in advance and get a headstart since you will probably need to order your gift in advance. With so many of us on an even tighter budget, we found some affordable gifts to get your mom this year for Mother’s Day, take a peek at the list below. Gifts Greetbl You can’t ever repay mom for everything she does but you can thank her. Greetabl is great because there is a huge variety of options (and budget-range). They have awesome products priced anywhere from $4 and up. And you get 10% off your first order when you […]

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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