April 1, 2015

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...]

Avoiding freshman fumbles in academic management

The Road to College Success

Helping your students get ready for college living in an innovative/interactive way As high school or college leaders you have provided assistance to students in various facets of their lives. Of course that help is concentrated in the area of academic management. Once students leave high school and enter college the scene changes significantly. It’s important to make them aware of this shift in order to achieve academically and avoid fumbles in their early college years. This lesson is to … [Read more...]

Easy College Living: 5 Tips Every College Student Should Know About

Attending college, holding down a job and attempting to keep a social life may all seem nearly impossible, especially if you are a struggling student yourself. Implementing a few different tips for college students is not only a way to make life easier, but it is also a method to go about saving more money and having more cash on-hand at all times. Consider these changes to make college life just a little bit easier. Shop in Bulk Grocery shopping in bulk is one of the best methods to go about … [Read more...]

Growing Pains: The Cost of Being Disorganized in College

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As South Park's Chef so eloquently uttered, "There's a time and a place for everything, and it's called college." College can be an amazing journey of freedom and self expression. A time of socializing and bonding, with a little studying squeezed in now and again. In fact, it's so wonderful and distracting that it's easy to forget about the big picture when you're emerged in the college experience. Words like "mortgage" and "interest rates" aren't really in your vocabulary when you're having the … [Read more...]

Ready or not, just start!

Tawan Perry - 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...]

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...]

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...]

5 Tips for Rushing a Sorority

5 Tips for Rushing a Sorority - photo copyright Rick Sherrell

You've decided to rush a sorority, and you're starting to feel nervous as you try to understand what qualifies as sorority clothing. With every sorority being different from the next, we cannot give advice about Greek apparel, but we can offer some tips to help you rush successfully. 1) Keep it real You need to be honest and be yourself. The members of the sorority you're rushing are watching to see if you're the kind of person they want as a sister, and they're not going to sit around … [Read more...]

Get ready for college living in an innovative/interactive way

The Road to College Success

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...]

Bouncing Back from Mid-Semester Shock


Getting through college is not always easy. In high school, you were able to make straight A’s with little to no effort. But today, you got your mid terms back and you are completely taken aback. (seems this really happens a lot to sophomores!) It seems that you are not doing as well as you thought. Don’t panic, I have some suggestions that will help you get back on track in no time. Get connected to your professor. Who better to meet with to find out exactly where you are. Tell them that … [Read more...]