January 20, 2018

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.

Six questions to assist in grad school preparation

Planning to attend graduate school next year? Advancing your education involves preparation and a realization of your goals. Here are six questions that you should ask yourself. They can assist you in making the transition and connecting all of the dots. What would I like to pursue? Getting a master’s degree is achieving a specification in a particular discipline—so if, for some reason, you didn't like your undergraduate courses (because you had to take that pesky philosophy class or more … [Read more...]

5 Ways to give rising student leaders the opportunity to lead

One of the biggest mistakes many graduating student leaders make is not looking at their position as an opportunity to mentor rising student leaders. Furthermore, student leaders often fall victim to a “do it all myself” attitude. One of the best ways to mentor rising campus leaders is to help them gain experience. If your mentees are not given an opportunity to lead at some level, how can they become effective campus leaders? A leader’s legacy is sometimes defined by what they've done when they … [Read more...]

Getting the Most out of Orientation (Part II)

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

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...]

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...]

How to “Get Connected” with your professor

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...]

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

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...]

Getting the Most out of Orientation (Part I)

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...]

Get connected to your campus “Dream Team”

After my first semester of college, I quickly realized that in order to get my cap and gown I could not do it alone. In fact, I am a proponent of the idea that college completion is not a solo journey. It’s a process that you should not experience alone. If you want to be successful in college, I implore you to get a supportive, beneficial support group that will help you get connected and stay connected throughout your college process. This goes beyond just the people you like; it’s about … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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