March 6, 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.

How to “Get Connected” with your professor

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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

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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...]

5 Ways to give rising student leaders the opportunity to lead

Tawan Perry - Cultivating Leadership - Connect-5

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 connected to a great mentor

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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...]

Are you a sell-out?

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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...]

Get connected to your campus “Dream Team”

Tawan Perry - Campus Dream Team - Connect-5

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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