A letter from the Director for Health Professions Advising
A letter from the Director for Health Professions Advising
Tufts Student Life
MARCH 2018
Carol Baffi-Dugan, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising
Carol Baffi-Dugan, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising, Director for Health Professions Advising
Dear Parents and Families,
Hello from the Hill. By the time you read this, it will be a few short days before spring break – a time to hit the refresh button for all of us, and perhaps a time for you to see your student before they return to campus for the final push of the spring semester. I have had the pleasure of working with Tufts students for thirty years and have held a variety of different roles at the University, including my current role as an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising. But the common denominator has always been my work with students interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the range of other rewarding health professions. I’m writing today wearing my Pre-Health Advising hat, and I’d like to share some of the ways Tufts supports students interested in pursuing health professions. Whether your student is already on a pre-med track or is wondering what it means to pursue a health profession, we’re here to help them explore their options, prepare for professional study, and guide them through the application process.
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What's Happening Academically?

We are halfway through the spring semester and students are immersed in their classes. We encourage students to take the time to review overall requirements for graduation or to review their own transcript to be sure everything is correct.
The Bulletin and the Academic Advising website are good resources for students to clarify the general requirements for their undergraduate degree.
Often students make assumptions about what is on their transcript. Is their AP credit for English on their transcript? Did their language placement exam results get posted? Does the course listing for the semester match what they believe they are taking? Students can answer all these questions by logging into SIS and viewing their unofficial transcript. This is worth doing each semester.

Career Corner: Conversations with the Tufts Career Center

Career Coaching Your Student

Research indicates that parents can profoundly influence the career decisions of their students. To ensure that they get the maximum benefit from your coaching, consider the following questions:
  • Do I objectively guide my student in looking at their skills, competencies, interests, and abilities?
  • Do I allow my student the freedom to explore occupations and engage in new experiences without being judgmental?
  • Do I impose ideas (even with the best intentions) that can limit their options?
  • Am I positive and supportive when my student fails? Do I encourage my student to assume responsibility for career decisions?
  • Do I check in periodically to ask, “How can I be helpful?” and listen with openness and understanding?
5 Worst Pieces of Career Advice Students Hear from Their Parents
Tufts Career Guide (PDF) with Current Best Practices for Resumes, Cover Letters, and More

My Bus Home: Spring Break

Is your student looking for transportation to/from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York for Spring Break? My Bus Home may be the perfect option.
Tufts' Office for Campus Life has partnered with My Bus Home to provide students with safe and private transportation from campus to a variety of central locations in the Northeast, including Darien, CT; Jericho, Long Island; West Orange, NJ; and Plymouth Meeting, PA.
Contact the Office for Campus Life with questions: 617-627-3212.

Move-Out and Summer Travel  

The spring semester is still in full swing -- but it's not too early to help your student prepare for move-out and make plans for summer travel. Here are some important dates and key pieces of information to keep in mind.

Important Dates

  • April 30: Last Day of Classes
  • May 1 – 3: Reading Period
  • May 4 – 11: Final Exam Period
  • May 12 at 12 p.m.: Residence Halls close to non-graduating students
  • May 20: Commencement
  • May 21 at 12 p.m.: Residence Halls close to graduating seniors 

Packing Up

It’s not too early for your student to start clearing out their closet! They can donate fabrics and clothes any time at our textile recycling bins. Anything not on the Residential Life prohibited item list can also be donated during finals at move-out locations set up throughout campus. Move-out stations will have places for broken electronics, dining hall dishes, compost, standard recycling, and landfill/trash.

Summer Storage

Is your student looking for summer storage? Tufts has partnered with The UPS Store Student Storage Service to make move-out (and move-in) easy and stress-free by providing convenient on-campus drop off locations for summer storage and UPS shipping solutions. We've arranged to have students' storage returned directly to their dorm rooms -- it will be waiting for them when they return to school in the fall.
For More information on the student storage program, visit The UPS Store’s Tufts University info page. Have further questions about The UPS Store Student Storage Service? Visit www.packstoreship.com or call 617-208-8226.
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Dates to Remember

March 9 - Upper-class Apartment General Selection

March 12 - Rising Sophomore Suite/Apartment Group Selection

March 15 - Rising Sophomore Singles Selection

March 16 - Rising Sophomore General Selection

March 17Spring Recess Begins: Classes Suspended

March 26 - Spring Recess Ends: Classes Resume

Advising Period Begins

April 5 - Last Day for Undergraduate First-Year Students to DROP Courses without Record of Enrollment

Last Day for Undergraduate First-Year Students to Select PASS/FAIL Option

April 6 - Advising Period Ends

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Senior Memory Books

Purchase the 2018 Senior Memory Book! Memory books will be hard covered and include highlights from the 2017-18 academic year, as well as portraits of the graduating senior class.
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3 Quick To Dos

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Summer Session Registration Opens Today!

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