Returning to school
As the break comes to an end, help your student look forward to the upcoming semester. Ask about friends or roommates your student will be glad to see back at school. Talk about challenges the student experienced during the first semester and discuss strategies to handle these situations or concerns. Encourage your student to ask for help from campus services as needed, such as the International Student Services office, Alexander Health Center, International Student Success Center and Center for Student Academic Support.
January is usually the coldest month in Oklahoma. Temperatures range from a daytime high of 8.9°C to a nighttime low of -2.8°C. Occasionally sidewalks and roads will be icy, but snow is not common. Remind your student to travel with a coat.
Upcoming international events
During the spring semester, several events highlight TU’s international student community. The “Mr. and Ms. International” competition invites individual students to share their talents. International Night features performances from student groups to showcase their country and culture. Other events hosted by international student groups include a Chinese New Year celebration, Saudi Night and Omani Night. Your student may want to pack something special to wear to these events. Many students choose to wear traditional or national clothing styles to these events, while others choose an outfit according to their personal taste.
New Year’s resolution: Stay active and healthy
January is a perfect time for your student to get to know the Collins Fitness Center. Encourage your student to explore TU’s 67,129 square foot modern facility dedicated to student health, recreation and fitness. The fitness center has workout equipment, basketball courts, exercise classes, and organizes intramural sports competitions. The fitness center is an excellent way for students to manage stress and maintain personal health throughout the academic year.
Payment or payment plan arrangements are due on January 13. You may pay the amount in full or participate in the university’s monthly payment plan. If you have been added as an authorized user on your student’s account, you can access the billing statement online. Otherwise, your student can view the billing statement at the TU Portal under “View and Pay Account”. If you’d like your student to add you as an authorized user, instructions are available here.
|1||New Year's Day, University closed|
|11||Residence halls reopen|
|13||Spring semester begins|
|20||Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no classes|
This month's checklist
|Prepare your student for returning to school|
|Pack a coat for winter weather and an outfit for international events|
|Set New Year resolutions with your student|
|Pay tuition and housing fees|