The Gator Family Connection
February 2021
From the Gator Parent Family Association:

The start of February marks an exciting point in the semester. The last few weeks have flown by and your students are acclimating to their new schedules and lifestyles. As we continue this new year, we are excited to have your students back on campus. There are so many resources at the University of Florida and we hope that you and your student both take advantage of all that we have to offer.

Valentine's Day is approaching and can be a time full of love, but also can trigger various emotions from students, especially if far away from family and loved ones. The following campus resources are here to support your students should they need someone to talk to this month and beyond:
 
The Counseling and Wellness Center is a campus resource that offers counseling, mental health and psychiatric services for UF students. Individual therapy, group, couples counseling, consultation, crisis services, outreach, biofeedback and much more are offered, all with the goal to help students thrive, grow in self-understanding, self-responsibility and optimal life functioning.

U Matter, We Care serves as UF's umbrella program for a culture of care and provides students in distress with support and coordination of the wide variety of appropriate resources. Families, faculty and students can contact umatter@ufl.edu seven days a week for assistance for students in distress.

We hope this year continues to bring you plenty of joy, success, and Gator spirit as we continue to adapt and grow together. As the semester moves forward, feel free to reach out to our office with any questions, comments, or concerns by emailing IHaveAGator@ufl.eduWe love to hear from you!
  
Have a great day, stay safe, and Go Gators!
  
Sincerely, 
The Gator Parent and Family Association
SAVE THE DATE 

Celebrate your Gator Family with a fun weekend in Gainesville for Spring Family Weekend March 19-21, 2021.

Spring Family Weekend is back and more exciting than ever. This is your opportunity to explore campus and Gainesville with your favorite Gator! Registration information will be available in late February on our website, but we recommend making travel accommodations early!

Please email ihaveagator@ufl.edu with any questions.
  Spring 2021 Career Showcase is coming soon: February 8th & 9th in-person and February 8th – 11th virtually on Career Fair Plus! Students may log into Gator CareerLink and the app now to see employers who are interested in hiring Gators! This year, we will be hosting Career Showcase by appointment only. Download the Career Fair Plus app today to view participating employers, see a map of the in-person event, upload your resume, and schedule your appointments (beginning Friday, January 22nd). Visit career.ufl.edu/showcase for more information.
Financial Life'ing for College & Beyond

When students feel confident about how to reach their financial goals, they can be more focused on their studies with less stress. Wells Fargo, UF Business Services, and Leisure Courses at the Reitz Union have partnered to bring our students a FREE financial literacy workshop series to assist in learning skills to manage money in a more productive manner.

This five-session course provides financial management information, tools, and complimentary services to help inspire a positive student financial experience. Throughout your student journey, your financial goals may change and evolve. Our complimentary financial workshops are designed to help you achieve their financial goals.

This will be a five part series and each workshop will build on the last. Perfect for the financial novice or moderately knowledgeable financial goal setter. Topics will include:
  • Spending habits
  • Saving for short-term and long-term goals
  • Borrowing for key purchases and life events
  • Protecting financial information and identity
  • Skills for financial life beyond the University
Be sure to review the Spring 2021 Calendar!

Keep up-to-date on school holidays, important deadlines, grade release dates, exam schedules, and other key dates with the University of Florida Undergraduate Catalog. Check out the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar here. 
UF is committed to providing the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. Below are several helpful links:


With daily updates, please continue to monitor these pages, to ensure safety for all of the Gator community.