November 23, 2014

Welcome to College – Six Secrets to School Success

Welcome to College - photo copyright 2012 Rick Sherrell

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...]

Building a balanced college social life

The Road to College Success

Helping your students get ready for college living in an innovative/interactive way Many students enter college without adequate preparation. Even with the most supportive parents, counselors and student life leaders, many wonder if they will fit into the college social scene. Others over-commit and find themselves struggling academically because they are pulled in too many directions. You can help your students face their anxieties, find balance and gear up for what can be an exciting college … [Read more...]

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...]

3 Keys to Staying Fit in College

3 Keys to Staying Fit in College - photo copyright Rick Sherrell

Because of studying and partying along with balancing a social life, students forget to take care of their health. Although some students might not assume they have to stress out regarding vigorous habits, developing the right habits can increase disease resistance for college kids in order to remain fit in their adult lives. Workout Fitting an exercise routine into a busy school schedule can be tough, but most school campuses make it simple for college kids to do some workout. Most schools … [Read more...]

Best and Worst Purchases of College Freshman

Best and Worst Purchases of College Freshman

Just a few short months away from becoming a college freshman, there’s a lot to think about when shopping for college. There are supplies, books, gear and then everything for your dorm room. Whether you’re saving up your money from a summer job, got a ton of cash for graduation or plan on getting some help from the parents, a shopping spree is in order. Technology First off, you have to have the basics for studying. Books will come once you start classes, but computers and devices are a … [Read more...]

You could catch this on your next date

You could catch this on your next date - Photo copyright 2011 Rick Sherrell

One out of four of the college students reading this post has a sexually transmitted disease - which pretty much means there's a good chance you could catch one on your next date! I know that sounds shocking, but as they say... "you can't make this stuff up!" OnlineColleges.net recently shared with me this educational infographic they've just released, taking a closer look at Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) on College Campuses. They're not making this stuff up! The statistics are … [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...]

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...]

Small Place, Big Space: How To Make The Most of Smaller Living Areas

Small Spaces

So, you've arrived at your new college digs with a truck full of stuff and a can-do attitude. The place looks nice on the outside and when you unlock and open the front door, the inside takes your breath away - but not in a good way. "It's tiny!" you exclaim. We've all been there. College is a time when you'll inevitably be dealt the micro-loft apartment, the 400-square-foot studio, or one-room bungalow. But don't despair! The fact is, even the smallest spaces can be perfectly functional … [Read more...]