April 27, 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 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...]

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...]

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...]

3 Registration tips that every student needs to know

Tawan Perry - 3 registration Tips

It’s back to school time and you’re late to register for the upcoming semester. I know you got distracted by Facebook or you were one minute too late before grabbing the class you needed online. Don’t fret; here are some tips that can help give you a smooth registration and maybe grant you access in that class that you need to take this semester. Tip #1 Develop a relationship with your advisor. This sounds simple, right? The truth is that most students are required to meet with their … [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...]

Get Connected with these 3 Easy Lessons

Tawan Perry and Mike Weida Connect 5

In a recent engagement at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY the task given to me by Mike Weida, Director of Student Activities, was to help get the students motivated. Whenever I hear that request, my first thought is that if you want to get your students movitaved, get them connected, communicating and out of their ruts! Often times both traditional or non-traditional students become too comfortable. Finding a level of comfort in a new environment is great at first but if “good ole … [Read more...]

Staying Safe on Campus: Using Common Sense on a College Campus

Tawan Perry - Be Safe on Campus

If we lived in a perfect world, crimes would never be committed. But since people are imperfect I guess that will never happen. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you live on a college campus that you or your belongings are 100% safe. The truth is many crimes have the potential to happen on a college campus as anywhere else in the world. If you take the following precautions you can have a much better chance of preventing crime from happening to you. Social media - don’t tell! We live … [Read more...]

5 ways to keep your head in the game: De-stressing before finals

Tawan Perry - Destress before Finals - Connect-5

So you have studied your butt off and finals are finally upon you. But you are still not sure if you are going to do well. Well, the best way to help remedy this situation is to first take a deep breath and read this post. My goal is to keep you connected - with the things that are important to your success - every step of your college journey. And it's ALWAYS important that you don't stress out before exams. Here are five ways to keep your feet on the ground and your head in the … [Read more...]

How to “Get Connected” with your professor

Tawan Perry - Get Connected with your professor - Connect-5

One of the most misunderstood connections is the student and professor relationship. The truth is having good relationships with your professors is the first step to achieving a successful college experience. Here are some tips to help you either build or repair relationships with your professors and make a connection that will help you graduate. Arrange to see them during office hours. That's what those hours are there for. During these times your professor is making him/herself available … [Read more...]

10 Leadership Lessons for a Connected Life

Tawan Perry - Leadership Lessons - Connect-5

In many ways, your college journey is only the first of many step that can lead you to a long and prosperous life. Check these 10 real-world lessons for leadership and for life. They are intended to get you focused on your real goals and deal with the rapid-fire changes that college is throwing at you. Stop drowning in the details for a minute, breathe, settle down and take a minute to connect, or reconnect with some things that will keep your feet on the ground. Lesson 1: Lead an inspired … [Read more...]

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