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Greetings from Ohio State,

Can you believe it is already the end of the quarter?! Since winter weather never really showed up, it feels strange talking about spring... but I'll take it!

As you know, this is finals week! While your student probably has a better idea of what finals are all about... they are probably still stressed out. Be patient and encouraging as they make their way through this time. I see them antsy when they are here on campus, I can just imagine how they are at home!

Couple of reminders:

• If your student has not yet scheduled for Spring Quarter, they need to do that now! Classes are filling up fast. They can make appointments with advisors by calling 419-995-8264

• Spring is the last quarter for Ohio State! Beginning summer, we will have moved to a semester system.

o This means that terms will be 14 weeks long, instead of 10 - which could great for some students!

o The new school year will begin AUGUST 22, rather than late September. And the traditional school year will end at the end of April!

o Students will need to be taking 5-6 courses per semester instead of the usual 3-4 on quarters. This is a big change for them, so be sure to keep an eye on that!

o For more detailed information on the Semester Conversion, you and your student can go to http://myswitch.osu.edu/

• The priority deadline for FAFSA filing has passed, but there is still plenty of time to get it ready to go for next year. For returning students, initial Financial Awards packages will be done in May. So - be sure to file at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as you can to be a part of that initial packaging process.

In closing, I should let you know that I have accepted a position outside of the University. I am excited about the new opportunity, but sad to leave Ohio State and its amazing students. My last day will be March 28.

If you need to contact someone about whatever issues that might arise, you may contact Gail Nelson (nelson.700@osu.edu) Gail is our Coordinator for First Year Experience - you will be in quite capable hands!! Thank you for the opportunity to work with your students.

Warmest Regards,