October 25, 2016

Start with a roommate agreement so you don’t end in disaster

So it’s a new semester and you have a new roommate. You're going to be connected to this person for quite some time, so this time you want to make sure that it will get off to a good start. Based on my own real-world experience, I recommend signing a roommate agreement. First, ask your resident assistant or a staff member in Residence Life to help you create or locate a roommate agreement. The form may be located online or your school may offer a roommate agreement as part of Student Services … [Read more...]

How to “Get Connected” with your professor

One of the most misunderstood connections is the student and professor relationship. The truth is having good relationships with your professors is the first step to achieving a successful college experience. Here are some tips to help you either build or repair relationships with your professors and make a connection that will help you graduate. Arrange to see them during office hours. That's what those hours are there for. During these times your professor is making him/herself available … [Read more...]

Party Safe: Navigating the Wild World of Campus Celebrations

You are more than prepared for your first year of college. You’ve gone to campus and found all of your classes. You managed to cram all of your belongings into a shoebox of a dorm room, and you learned all the words to the school fight song for the first football game. But maybe you aren’t sure you are completely prepared for the college parties. The social scene is an important part of college life, but college parties can become dangerous situations if students don’t follow safe practices. … [Read more...]

How Distance Can Actually Improve Your Relationships

Going away to college puts a scary amount of distance between students and everything they have come to know and feel secure about. No longer can we rely on the comforts of home and the familiar faces of everyday life; instead, we have to branch out, try new things, meet new people, and find where we fit in. Amidst all of this, we also have to manage the friendships and relationships from our past. We must remember to call our parents every so often, write on our high school friends’ Facebook … [Read more...]

Building a balanced college social life

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...]

You could catch this on your next date

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...]

Helpful Hints before you make your final college selection

As high school seniors and college transfers are coming into the final stretch of their college selection process I would like to weigh in and offer a few helpful hints that will save you countless dollars as well as heartaches. You can thank me later. Here are four things to think over carefully before making your final decision. Taking the wrong things into consideration in any of these areas could make your next four years miserable... maybe even miserable enough to cut them short. Don't make … [Read more...]

College Risks: Far More Than ‘The Freshman Fifteen’

Of all the hazards teens should be warned about before entering college, it’s the freshman fifteen they hear about most often. While proper nutrition and exercise is important, it’s hardly the key information incoming freshmen should be armed with. The first six weeks of freshman year are an incredibly high-risk time for teens, and there are a few dangers they should be prepared to deal with ahead of time. Alcohol Abuse Drinking can be appealing to freshmen — especially binge drinking. … [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...]

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

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...]