August 5, 2015

Bouncing Back from Mid-Semester Shock

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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...]

Getting the Most out of Orientation (Part I)

Tawan Perry - Orientation Part 1

You say someone told you that orientation is not really important and you plan to skip it? Well, before you skip it you might want to consider what you could be missing out on before you decide to skip it. Here are some tips on why you should go to orientation and how to get the most out of it. REASON #1 - Orientation will help you achieve a smooth transition and get familiar with the student support services offered at your school. Have you ever bought a high-tech gadget but you didn’t know … [Read more...]

How to handle the move to college

How to handle the move to college - photo copyright Rick Sherrell

Moving to college is a pretty big deal; you’re saying goodbye to your family home, or at least the home you've known for a while, and moving into a completely unknown environment. You will most likely be sharing a room with someone, negotiating space, and you’ll have to get used to your new surroundings and learn how to budget properly. With all these stresses in mind, you will want to make moving day as easy as possible. If you are moving into an all freshman dorm, there will be a lot of other … [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...]

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...]

3 Registration tips that every student needs to know

Tawan Perry - 3 registration Tips

It’s back to school time and you’re late to register for the upcoming semester. I know you got distracted by Facebook or you were one minute too late before grabbing the class you needed online. Don’t fret; here are some tips that can help give you a smooth registration and maybe grant you access in that class that you need to take this semester. Tip #1 Develop a relationship with your advisor. This sounds simple, right? The truth is that most students are required to meet with their … [Read more...]

Get Connected with these 3 Easy Lessons

Tawan Perry and Mike Weida Connect 5

In a recent engagement at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY the task given to me by Mike Weida, Director of Student Activities, was to help get the students motivated. Whenever I hear that request, my first thought is that if you want to get your students movitaved, get them connected, communicating and out of their ruts! Often times both traditional or non-traditional students become too comfortable. Finding a level of comfort in a new environment is great at first but if “good ole … [Read more...]

Flying Solo: A Basic Plan for When You Leave the Nest

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After four long years of high school, you may or may not be ready to venture out on your own. Joining the ranks of college students after living with all the comforts of home can be quite a rude awakening. But adulthood waits for no one and it's time to begin considering your options and plans for when you move out. There are three basic considerations to take into account as you leave the nest to fly solo: housing, finances and transportation. Finding an Apartment To help adjust to the … [Read more...]

They say… 2 million adults over 40 are in college…

They say 2 million adults over 40 are in college - photo copyright 2011 Rick Sherrell

The number of college  students aged 40 to 64 has nearly reached the two million mark. That's an increase of almost 20% in the last decade according to a 2007 survey by U.S. News and World Report. Lifelong Learners - that's the term you'd have to apply to 40+ adults who are attending a class, taking self study courses or engaged in some type of learning including training and basic  education offered outside traditional higher  education, such as distance or online learning. If we count all … [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...]