Dear Parents,

Exams are in full swing here at MSU. Some students have already completed their finals, while others are still studying furiously. Almost all students are waiting anxiously to spend time with family and friends this holiday season.

If you are the parent of a freshman, plan on the month that your student is home to be different from other visits or last year’s summer break. Here are some things to expect:

• Dirty laundry – mounds of it.

• A desire for “home cooking” or favorite meals you used to eat together.

• Different schedules – most students sleep late and stay up late.

• Weight gain – most students gain about 10 pounds this first semester. Try not to comment on it.

• Your student will want to reconnect and spend time with old friends.

• Your student will think of this as vacation time – with nights and weekends reserved for socializing.

This year many families are worried about finances and the expense of buying gifts. Students understand this and the high cost of a college education, too. They will be more interested in spending time with the people they love than they will be in gifts.

If you need to reach us between semesters please call us at 662-325-3611 or e-mail us at Please note that Mississippi State will be closed for the winter break from Monday, December 22 until Monday, January 5.

Residence Hall Winter Break Closing Information

When leaving for the winter break, residents are asked to:

• Turn off lights

• Unplug appliances

• Empty trashcans

• Remove perishables from refrigerators

• Take home pet fish or plants

• Set bedroom air conditioner units to the lowest heat setting

Residents are encouraged to remove valuables and items needed during the holiday break as access to the residence halls will not be permitted until the halls re-open on January 5th.

Parent Tips

The Office of Parent Services is currently compiling a list of tips from parents. Please provide any suggestions you would like to share with other new MSU parents. Advice can be e-mailed to

Book Buyback

Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State will pay cash back for textbooks during the week of finals. Students can receive up to 50% cash back if the book is being reused next semester and the bookstore is not overstocked. Students can sell back their books to Barnes & Noble regardless of where they purchased the books from.

This is a good way to offset some of the high textbook costs that were incurred at the beginning of the year. Students can visit to see if their books will be purchased by the bookstore, or stop by Barnes & Noble at any time during Finals Week.

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