October 30, 2014

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...]

Turn your campus chapter into a learning organization

Turn your campus chapter into a learning organization

As a leader in your chapter or your campus community you are constantly looking for ways to improve your organization. You can focus on increasing community service and philanthropy, providing more leadership workshops, or focus on the academics of your organization. All of these are commendable ways to improve your organization, but what if you could do something that caused all of these things to happen as a result? Well, you can. It’s pretty simple; just turn your chapter into a learning … [Read more...]

Preparing Yourself for Your Own Apartment or House

Preparing Yourself for Your Own Apartment or House - photo copyright Rick Sherrell

As a campus ambassador for two years at the University of Florida, I believed that the problem that most students had trouble overcoming was their lack of knowledge when it comes to housing. Now, as a graduate of UF and an employee for a local property manager in Gainesville, my suspicious have been confirmed. Every day, I deal with young students who have moved away from home and find themselves facing the culture shock of dealing with your own apartment or house. Lease contracts; separate … [Read more...]

Higher Education and Higher Fire Safety: Staying Safe in your Student Rental

Higher Education and Higher Fire Safety

With the advent of summer, as the temperatures rise outside, everything else seems to become more relaxed. There's more time for hanging out with friends and having people over to your place and there's usually food and cooking involved. But whenever you're dealing with the element of fire, becoming more relaxed is the last thing you should be doing. This isn't to say that you need to panic as you wait helplessly for your apartment or rental house to burn down at any second. It's quite the … [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...]