August 28, 2015

CampusTalkBlog posts by Tawan Perry

About Tawan Perry

Tawan Perry is the creator of the comprehensive Connect-5 College Completion Program. As a college speaker and as both a former student leader and college administrator, Tawan uses the Connect-5 College Completion program to help guide students step by step from college prep to cap and gown.

Getting Started on Your College Journey

Tawan Perry - Connect 5 Workshop 01

Your quest to college completion will be long and time consuming. To help you get started with your college prep process and make a smooth transition, here are a few questions that you should ask yourself. Have you started thinking about the type of school you want to attend next year? Small, large, public, private, community college, in state, out of state, etc. You have many choices, where do you see yourself? What qualities in your future Alma Mater are most important? Majors offered, … [Read more...]

Are you a sell-out?

TawanPerry-Are you a sellout

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker for the NC4SGA Conference in Durham, NC. It was incredible and everything that I had hoped for! After the speech, I had an opportunity to speak with both SGA leaders and advisors and one of the questions that I was repeatedly asked about was one of the subjects within my speech. The subject was the question, “Are you a sell out?” In the speech, I talked about being a sell out for your student organization. But in reality we all … [Read more...]

10 Questions to ask yourself when choosing a major or career field

Tawan Perry - 10 Questions when choosing a major

Undoubtedly, one of the toughest decisions in route to college completion is choosing your major. It’s important to remember that choosing your major is a step-by-step process and not a decision. Before you declare a major be sure to utilize your elective credits to explore what you think you might be interested in doing. The average college student changes their major at least three times so even if you declare and decide not to steer the course, it’s okay and you are not alone. However, before … [Read more...]

Getting the Most out of Orientation (Part II)

Tawan Perry - Orientation Part 2

In order to get the most out of orientation you must have an open mind. With the right attitude you will be able to listen and absorb all of the information that will be provided to you during orientation. Make sure you arrive prepared with paper and something to write with or record on. You'll receive so much information your brain will be on overload and you'll be able to review your notes later. Be sure to pay close attention to names, buildings and campus resources so you can notate where … [Read more...]

Dumping the Sophomore Slump

Tawan Perry - Sophomore Advice

Congratulations! You have made it to your second year. We’re all excited for you but before we throw you a parade, here are a few tips that will help you get one step closer to your ultimate goal: Graduation. Tip #1: The “game” is faster. Don’t expect the same level of support form the previous year. At most institutions, after one year, your campus fully expects you to have the hang of being a college student. I know this doesn’t seem fair but this is the reality of the situation. The … [Read more...]

4 Questions to ask yourself between semesters

Tawan Perry - 4 questions between semesters - Connect-5

The semester has come to an end and it’s time to start thinking about next semester. Whether you're burned out from this semester or have had a few weeks to get over it; there are some things to consider as you prepare for next year. Is your schedule realistic? If you have already scheduled your classes for the next quarter or semester, ask yourself this question. Is taking 20 credits and working 20 hours really necessary? What commitments do I need to maintain and what commitments do I just … [Read more...]

The trouble with first year experience programs

Tawan Perry - The Trouble With First Year Experience Programs

As a graduate of three distinctly different institutions, a former college administrator at four distinctly different institutions, and student leader, I’ve had an opportunity to see higher education from many different prospectives. Unfortunately, from what I’ve observed is that most institutions make the mistake of handling the first year experience in a “survival of the fittest” fashion. Most schools, frontload first year students with too much information during the first week of … [Read more...]

Ready or not, just start!

Tawan Perry - Ready or Not Just Start

What’s the hardest part of achieving any goal? Most people will tell that it’s getting started! I once heard the great Les Brown say that you don’t have to be great to start but you have to start in order to be great. Nothing could be closer to the truth. Earlier this year, I was the opening speaker for the College Ready program at South Piedmont Community College. The College Ready program is a 4-week college prep course for under-skilled/unemployed adults returning to college. This event was … [Read more...]

Bouncing Back from Mid-Semester Shock

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Getting through college is not always easy. In high school, you were able to make straight A’s with little to no effort. But today, you got your mid terms back and you are completely taken aback. (seems this really happens a lot to sophomores!) It seems that you are not doing as well as you thought. Don’t panic, I have some suggestions that will help you get back on track in no time. Get connected to your professor. Who better to meet with to find out exactly where you are. Tell them that … [Read more...]

Getting the Most out of Orientation (Part I)

Tawan Perry - Orientation Part 1

You say someone told you that orientation is not really important and you plan to skip it? Well, before you skip it you might want to consider what you could be missing out on before you decide to skip it. Here are some tips on why you should go to orientation and how to get the most out of it. REASON #1 - Orientation will help you achieve a smooth transition and get familiar with the student support services offered at your school. Have you ever bought a high-tech gadget but you didn’t know … [Read more...]

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