March 3, 2015

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...]

Saying ‘yes’ to it all for a successful future

Nicole Alliegro - Saying YES to it all

I have many flaws (who doesn't?!): I’m foolishly stubborn, I never go to the gym, I often stay up too late, and I have a massive sweet tooth, just to name a few. But, luckily for me, I have just knocked one supposed negative off my list…or, well, I’ve used a little smoke and mirrors to make this flaw appear not so bad after all. I used to think that, in life, I used the word “yes” way too often. I know what you may be thinking: this girl is nuts. She considered saying “yes” as a personal … [Read more...]

4 Lifelong benefits of participating in student activities


It can be tempting when juggling a hectic schedule to take your classes, do your homework and not participate in what your college has to offer. This is especially true when pursuing a graduate degree such as a learning design and technology masters, when you may be living off-campus and employed full-time. However, devoting a few hours every day or even just every week to participate in student activities can help you achieve your student learning outcomes (SLOs), the overall goals for your … [Read more...]

What First Years Really Want

Tawan Perry - What First Years Really Want

As both a former student leader and college administrator, I've been privy to see my share of Welcome Weeks, Orientation, FYE, and whatever else they may be called. The one commonality that I've noticed at many of these schools is that all first years typically want the same. It’s as universal as Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs theory. In the eyes of student affairs professionals this may not come as a surprise. In my opinion, there are three essential things that first years really want. Of course, … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of Living Off Campus in College

The Pros and Cons of Living Off Campus in College

One of the first decisions every incoming freshman has to make is where to live. Thankfully, your options are pretty limited if mom and dad don’t live within a few miles of campus. You can either opt to bunk down in a dorm or a step into the “real world” by settling into your first apartment. Continued structure Not every student is ready to take life by the horns, cast off all support systems and live the life of freedom afforded by moving into his or her own apartment. Leaving the folks and … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for and Avoid Minor Health Problems in College


Going off to college is an exciting milestone. Many young adults are leaving home for the first time, and will be sharing a dorm room or apartment with friends or brand-new roommates. While communal living can be fun, it can also expose you to lots of germs and viruses. Since mom will probably not be around with hot chicken soup, a cold drink and a warm hug every time you get sick, the best thing you can do is prepare for some minor health emergencies—and then do what you can to avoid getting … [Read more...]