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Get to Know the First Year Center
The First Year Center supports new students through their transition into the community of Washington University in St. Louis to assure that they build and sustain their academic and personal goals. The center brings together people, programs and resources to provide an undergraduate experience of exceptional quality where all students are known by name and story and where they prepare themselves for lives of purpose and meaning. Bear Beginnings: New Student Orientation, Parent & Family Weekend, and a host of other programs for students throughout the year are run out of the First Year Center.

Please visit the First Year Center websiteAlso, please feel free to contact us at or 314.935.5040.
October 2019- In This Issue:
From the First Year Center

Dear parents and families: 
Happy Fall! October is a busy, yet exciting, month for students and the campus community. To help you stay in the know during this busy month,we've published this special edition of our
Family Ties newsletter to bring you important information about our Family Webinar Series and Parent & Family Weekend

We look forward to interacting with you during an upcoming webinar and seeing you during Parent & Family Weekend! 

-The First Year Center
Family Webinar Series
This year, we are introducing the Family Webinar Series to help families stay informed on all things WashU! We know you are integral to the success of your student so we designed this webinar series around the questions we know you are, or will be, asking. We have a great lineup of webinars scheduled throughout the fall. Learn more and register below!

A Conversation about Academic Support 
Date : Thursday, October  10 th
Time : 5:30 PM CST
Description Washington University provides many resources to help students achieve their academic goals. The Learning Center and The Writing Center & The Speaker Studio are two such resources. The Learning Center, known as the academic support hub of campus, offers academic mentoring sessions with the goal of teaching students how to study and develop effective study skills. The Writing Center revises and edits student papers while also helping students understand the revision process. The Speaking Studio provides one-on-one tutoring for public speaking projects. Dr. Jay Sriram, Director of The Learning Center, and Dr. Robert Patterson, Director of The Writing Center and The Speaking Studio, will join us for a conversation on:

-Academic support and coaching, including the role families play
-Academic resources at WashU
-Navigating WashU academics

Upcoming Webinars
Three additional webinars are scheduled for later this fall. Visit the Family Webinar Series webpage to learn more and register for each webinar! 
  • A Conversation with Fraternity/Sorority Life: Thursday, November 21st at 5:30 PM CST
  • A Conversation with the Career Center: Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:30 PM CST
  • A Conversation about Housing Selection at WashU: Monday, December 16th at 5:30 PM CST
Parent & Family Weekend
We are less than a month away from Parent & Family Weekend! Throughout this special weekend, you will be able to spend time with your student, engage with other WashU families, meet and learn from outstanding faculty, attend performances, explore St. Louis, and much more. 

Visit the  Parent & Family Weekend information webpage to view the schedule of events, register for the weekend, and plan your visit to campus. We look forward to seeing you on campus November 1st - 3rd! 

We invite families and students to join us for Sunday brunch at The Whittemore House on Sunday, November 3rd. Seating will begin at Noon. The Whittemore House is Washington University's exclusive faculty and alumni club. Ticket will include a full brunch buffet and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Tickets are still available for many events during Parent & Family Weekend, including the Parent & Family BBQ, football game, the Women's Literary History Bus Tour, and more! 

First Year Center | Washington University in St. Louis
Umrath House, lower level, suite 0925 | One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1136 | St. Louis, MO 63130 | Office: 314.935.5040 | Fax: 314.935.8516 |