February 20, 2018

CampusTalkBlog posts by Petula Wright

About Petula Wright

Petula Wright has about 17 years experience as an editor and writer who has written and provided editorial services for publications, organizations and individuals. Based in the Atlanta area, she continues to write web content and maintain her blog It’s a woman’s world at PetulaW.com. She says, “Writing is a joy and not a job.” If you need a writer or editor, she can be reached at petulawrites@comcast.net.

Putting some spring into your campus club recruiting

About a week ago my oldest daughter Amber, who is a freshman at Georgia College and State University, spent a part of her day manning a table for The Catalyst Network at Springfest 2010, a visitation day planned for admitted high school seniors. A little while into her volunteering, Amber sent me a text saying that things were slow and they hadn't seen many students to recruit for the organization. By the end of the day, the group, which is for minority sciences majors, had spoken with about … [Read more...]

Take the hassle out of moving in or moving out

I remember the day I helped Amber, my oldest daughter, move into her first college dorm. It was a lot of work and it was really hot. The university she attended at the time (Amber has since transferred from Georgia College to be closer to home) was fairly organized with students showing up at pre-determined times, signing in and moving their belongings into their suites. Moving is one of my least favorite things to do and I wish I had been able to enlist help. That would have made me one happy … [Read more...]

An Interview with Amber (our most-talked-about college student at Campus Talk Blog)

It dawned on me that I spend so much time talking about Amber, but you don’t get to hear too many things in her exact words. With her never-ending support (so true!) and her extreme enthusiasm at doing this (semi true!), I am super excited to share Amber’s thoughts on being a college student. The Q&A session with Amber was really a lot of fun, and I want to encourage other parents to ask these questions of their college students. Although Amber and I are very close there were still a few … [Read more...]

Higher education and selfless acts of community service

I'm a firm believer in college students being involved on their campuses with organizations, study groups and extracurricular activities. I also believe they should take the opportunities to study overseas, get part-time jobs and participate in internships. Some people may think college students are busy enough so they don't need any additional activities, but those activities hold a two-fold function: 1) Gaining "world" knowledge and experiences as well as 2) Learning selflessness. It's the … [Read more...]

Science, math, a kick in the butt and entrepreneurialism

Ever since my oldest daughter was in middle school (and probably younger) she has wanted to be a pediatrician. I, of course, have been supportive of this career choice, but one thing I have also encouraged is a thought pattern toward being a business owner. For me, that means encouraging Amber to obtain her medical degree and also pursue opening her own practice. This isn’t a new “lecture” that I’ve given; I’ve been trying to get her to think more businesslike for as long as I can remember. … [Read more...]

What to do when your student doesn’t come home for the holidays

This Christmas will only be the second one that I've spent without my oldest daughter Amber. I've known for about the past four months that she plans on going to Texas because her oldest sister is having a baby around Christmas Day. As the day approaches I feel more and more dread about her Christmas-time absence... Over the past 19 and a half years we've established traditions that have not only solidified our relationship but that we really look forward to each year. Honestly, the holiday … [Read more...]

What… No health insurance coverage for my college student?

One of the goals at CampusTalkBlog is to provide you with information that is going to help, inspire and encourage you. There’s an addition to that goal in my little portion of the blog here at Parents' Perspective and that’s to give you bits and pieces of myself so you can learn from me and feel a certain kinship. Some of my experiences as a first-time college mom, and a parent in general, are rather personal. They are things that I don’t normally share with everyone especially my blogosphere … [Read more...]

A student’s emotional health should be part of the education process

This may be a bit off the beaten path, but I don't think it makes the subject any less relevant. And I know Millicent St. Claire will agree. More about her in a minute. I believe that in order to have any measure of success one of the things that should to be in order is your emotional state and, oftentimes, that state isn't given as much attention as other areas. For instance, individuals spend a lot of time and attention on their physical appearance, on their intellect and other areas, but … [Read more...]

Spring Break – an opportunity for adventure, impact and even more learning

Most college students have already experienced their Spring Break, but I – as a first-time college mom – believe planning is one of the keys to enjoying a vacation and if you didn’t enjoy this one then you start planning the next one now. Let me tell you why this is on my mind. Georgia College and State University students had their break this past week. About halfway through the week, after realizing my daughter wasn’t having a Spring Break to remember, I asked her, “Does your school arrange … [Read more...]

Your student can be your Facebook friend

When I comment on my daughter’s Facebook page my friends are amazed. When we share our feelings or encouragement for each other on our walls, I see comments telling Amber, my daughter, to spy on their children or relaying how sweet we are. They say their children won’t accept their friendships on social networks. I’m somewhat amazed by this, but over the years – after talking to my own teenager daughter about her friends’ relationships with their parents – I’ve realized that my relationship … [Read more...]

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