August 23, 2016

Offering help when your classmate has a drinking problem

Greek bystander intervention to prevent alcohol abuse. What do you do when you know your fraternity brother or sorority sister may have a drinking problem or is engaged in some form of substance abuse? I think this is one of the toughest and covert issues that college Greek leaders address each year. You don’t want to alienate your troubled Greek member and you don’t want to create mistrust within your college Greek student organization. Here are some tips to assist your fellow Greek before … [Read more...]

Welcome to College – Six Secrets to School Success

1. Familiarize yourself with all locations you will need to know in your upcoming college life – where you live, where your classes are, how to get back and forth between locations, where to eat, how to find the library, a location for student services – everything that applies to you. Walk/ride all of this now before you actually have to do it. Get lost now when it doesn’t matter so that you don’t do it later when it does matter. 2. Make an appointment early in the semester with each and … [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...]

Worth the Price: 5 Online Subscriptions for College Students

A big part of college is remembering things - memorizing impossible vocabulary, the dates of historic events, the Pythagoras Theorem, the behaviors of Pavlov's dog and which day is penny pitcher night at your favorite bar. One key to being a successful college student is good planning. Therefore, subscription services are useful tools for college students who have too much to remember. Simply sign up for what you need and the goods and services are delivered to your inbox or mail box when you … [Read more...]

Navigating Mental Illness While in College

Having a mental illness is a tricky thing; it’s even trickier when you’re in college. Not only do you have to worry about having a sometimes-debilitating illness, but you also have to navigate the life of a 20-something in today’s highly stressful world. Mental illness is an umbrella term; a catch-all that covers disorders ranging from obsessive compulsive disorder to schizophrenia. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, a mental illness is a condition that impacts the way … [Read more...]

They say… Developmental education classes rank among the top 5

THEY... are the National Center for Educational Statistics. According to their stats, across the nation more and more students are taking Developmental Education classes and some colleges are now reporting Developmental Education Departments in their Top 5. What this means is that more and more students are entering college unprepared. To break it down - they have trouble with their basic readin’, ’riting, and ’rithmetic! According to the Lumina Foundation nearly one-third of first-year … [Read more...]

The 5 best stress-busters for a (formerly) stressed out college student

Thousands of bloggers, columnists, self-help experts, and everyday people offer their advice to others on how to stay stress-free at school, work, or just in life. But oftentimes college students may find their tips not practical or relatable—really, what young adult with a five-class course load, a part time job, and any shred of a respectable social life has the time to take a soothing bubble bath and sip wine? Yet college is arguably one of the first most stressful times we experience on … [Read more...]

Get Creative When Communicating With Your Loved Ones Back Home

Sure, you’ve made friends in your dorm, and they seem great so far. But there’s nothing like a smile from your dad that warms your heart and makes you feel fuzzy inside. Being far away from your family doesn’t mean you need to lose the closeness you have with them, it just means you need to get creative with your communication methods. Thanks to technology doing its thing, it’s easier than ever to get some love from back home and to let your people know that, even though you're away, you’re … [Read more...]

Desserts with Hidden Veggies: Help Fight the Freshman 15

School has started and young, fresh faces are appearing all over university campuses. As new kids on the block looking towards a bright future ahead, you’re pumped to rush Greek life, tailgate football games, and ready to swipe that parent-funded dining dollar card to prime your stomachs for long nights filled with cheap Natty Ice beer pong and good times. You only live once right? Live once, but live well by countering the Freshman 15 with the following desserts with hidden veggies. Red … [Read more...]

Get ready for college living in an innovative/interactive way

Your students will have a great time in college, but there will be hurdles to overcome. One of their biggest challenges will be learning how to manage a job and earnings for the first time without parental supervision. Wisdom is the areas of professionalism, budgeting and credit card use is greatly needed. As a counselor you can help shape their financial position if they are willing to learn from your experience. Here are some tips to help you with this. Be Faithful & Professional on … [Read more...]