July 23, 2014

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 connected to a great mentor

TawanPerry-Getting connected to a great mentor

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at a student leadership retreat at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, OH. One of the themes that I was asked to discuss was getting connected and staying connected to mentors. Here’s some of what was discussed in my presentation. Your college degree will get you to the door but your mentor will get you inside the building. Your college degree alone will not guarantee you a successful career. In fact, the first step … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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...]

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...]

What First Years Really Want

Tawan Perry - What First Years Really Want

As both a former student leader and college administrator, I've been privy to see my share of Welcome Weeks, Orientation, FYE, and whatever else they may be called. The one commonality that I've noticed at many of these schools is that all first years typically want the same. It’s as universal as Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs theory. In the eyes of student affairs professionals this may not come as a surprise. In my opinion, there are three essential things that first years really want. Of course, … [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...]

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