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Important News for Parents of Harper Students
The tempo around campus changes right after the Thanksgiving break. With just two weeks to go until Finals Week, students are busier than ever trying to meet last-minute deadlines, studying for the tests that need to be taken before finals week and attempting to take care of themselves at the same time. This is a perfect time for parents and family members to give students a little power boost of "you can do it."
As always, the resources around campus to support students--Counseling and Advising, the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, Success Services, Math Lab and more--are here to help, but it can't hurt to give your student a reminder that making that extra effort at the end of the term really matters and can make a huge difference in grades and GPA. Questions about services to help your student? Give us a call in the Center for New Students at 847.925.6208.
"Second Semester" Is Just Around the Corner. Are you the parent of a student who will be graduating early from high school? Do you have a student who's currently away at school who might be considering a return home for Spring 2014? "Second semester"--aka Spring Semester 2014--is just around the corner. Courses begin on January 13 and registration will open for new students in just a few weeks.
If you have any questions about how Harper might be the right choice for your student, contact an Admissions Outreach representative for assistance at 847.925.6707.
The Distinction in International Perspectives is a new graduation honor designed to promote, acknowledge, and reward individual students' real, life-changing growth during their studies at Harper College. A student who earns the Distinction in International Perspectives will complete 12 hours in interdisciplinary academic studies at Harper College as well as a Portfolio and Capstone project. Students are supported through the Portfolio and Capstone activities by a coordinator and qualified faculty mentors. The Distinction offers students an opportunity to work closely with Harper faculty and exposes students to different cultures, creating a unique advantage for students' future employment, scholarship possibilities, and higher education experiences.
For more information, contact the Coordinator of International Studies and Programs by email email@example.com or call 847.925.6429.
Studying abroad is an exciting way to gain course credit. An educational experience abroad can help your student develop skills that will give him/her an advantage transferring from Harper College. International experience, cross-cultural communication skills, global awareness and foreign language skills are becoming increasingly important in all areas of work and study, and study abroad experience will prepare your student for future challenges! Harper College offers short-term programs led by individual Harper faculty members as full-credit classes throughout the year. We also offer a range of more long-term study abroad opportunities through the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP). In addition, we provide information about available programs, resources about funding opportunities, support through the application process, pre-departure orientation, advice and assistance while overseas and post-return support. For more information, set up an appointment to speak with a study abroad counselor: 847.925.6522.
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We are officially in "peak season" here at Harper as new students make their way to campus to get ready for the start of the fall semester. Believe it or not, we're just a few weeks away from the start of a new term at Harper. The time period from mid-July to the end of August is a busy one around campus. Students are attending Orientation to finalize their academic plans and they all want to know about the best resources and services to help them prepare.
One of the best suggestions we can offer is about our bookstore: the HarperStore. Your student will find this to be the most convenient one-stop shop for their course material and other needs to help ensure their academic success. The HarperStore offers a wide range of affordable course material options including traditional used textbooks, a large assortment of textbook rentals, as well as an ever expanding selection of digital course materials. Check out the HarperStore online store to learn more!
As your son or daughter prepares to enroll at Harper for the first time, they will learn more about these unique and creative offerings during Orientation. Harper is proud to offer Learning Communities courses--wonderful ways for students to become closely affiliated with the Harper community and connect with dedicated faculty and fellow students. Learn more about the wonderful Learning Communities Program at Harper.
College students and their parents have lots of choices to make about finances. Creating and following a budget can save you money and time. Need help with what to do? How to plan? Or even start with the basics? Harper College offers our students and parents access to a number of practical money management tools and tips via CashCourse.
Student Leadership is a part of the Office of Student Involvement and prepares students to engage in the process of leadership through workshops, speaker series, volunteer service, retreats, conferences, and self-reflection. Through leadership education and training, students can develop their personal strengths and the skills necessary for success. Student Leadership and Civic Engagement serves as a resource for all students who wish to become leaders on campus and beyond. We focus on supporting, training, encouraging and mentoring students who are ready to take their next step towards leading.
The 2013-2014 Scholarship Application is now open! Our new scholarship application allows you to apply once to be considered for more than 150 scholarships. Your scholarship may be waiting. Apply by May 15 for priority consideration. For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 847.925.6248.