April 24, 2014

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

If I Had Only Known This Stuff as a College Freshman

If I Had Only Known This Stuff as a College Freshman

If you're starting university this fall, you are most likely excited and nervous at the same time—I know I was when I was entering my first year year of college. I couldn't wait to get started, but I was anxious about the newness of it all. If this sounds familiar, I'm here to tell you what I wish I'd known back then. You Accumulate a Lot It doesn't matter what field your degree is in or whether you want to be a journalist or a paralegal. You're going to have more stuff at the end of the year … [Read more...]

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

Tawan Perry - Roommate Agreement - Connect-5

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...]

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...]

Take the hassle out of moving in or moving out

Take the hassle out of moving in or moving out - photo copyright Rick Sherrell

I remember the day I helped Amber, my oldest daughter, move into her first college dorm. It was a lot of work and it was really hot. The university she attended at the time (Amber has since transferred from Georgia College to be closer to home) was fairly organized with students showing up at pre-determined times, signing in and moving their belongings into their suites. Moving is one of my least favorite things to do and I wish I had been able to enlist help. That would have made me one happy … [Read more...]

Use positive affirmations to deal with conflicts

Herb Ammons - Use positive affirmations to deal with conflicts

During your college years, you will form friendships and acquaintances that will last a lifetime and may be beneficial later as you grow your career. However, with humans, conflict can arise and if you learn to deal with the disagreements with a positive attitude rather than being argumentative, you can save yourself from a lot of strife. This will apply to you in your career and in relationships as you grow older as well. In using inspirational messages towards those you have a conflict … [Read more...]

Staying safe and healthy on campus

The Road to College Success

Helping your students get ready for college living in an innovative/interactive way Crime happens everywhere even on college campuses. As a leader, make your students aware of the common threats in the college environment. Also, while some exam stress is normal there are ways to combat excessive stress students experience while test taking. Below are suggestions you can give them. Campuses Are Not Free of Criminals Students often think campuses are safer places and as a result do not take … [Read more...]