April 19, 2015

Dumping the Sophomore Slump

Tawan Perry - Sophomore Advice

Congratulations! You have made it to your second year. We’re all excited for you but before we throw you a parade, here are a few tips that will help you get one step closer to your ultimate goal: Graduation. Tip #1: The “game” is faster. Don’t expect the same level of support form the previous year. At most institutions, after one year, your campus fully expects you to have the hang of being a college student. I know this doesn’t seem fair but this is the reality of the situation. The … [Read more...]

Freshman Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

When you begin your college life, nobody hands you a manual so that you can safely tread through it.  It is supposed to be comprised of trials and errors.  Freshman year is when most of the mistakes are made; later on majority of the students eventually wise up and learn from their mistakes.  I am going to share with you some of the common mistakes made by freshmen. Applying old study habits: The amount of time and effort required to get decent grades in college eludes most freshmen.  When … [Read more...]

The 5 best stress-busters for a (formerly) stressed out college student

Photo courtesy of Nicole Alliegro

Thousands of bloggers, columnists, self-help experts, and everyday people offer their advice to others on how to stay stress-free at school, work, or just in life. But oftentimes college students may find their tips not practical or relatable—really, what young adult with a five-class course load, a part time job, and any shred of a respectable social life has the time to take a soothing bubble bath and sip wine? Yet college is arguably one of the first most stressful times we experience on … [Read more...]

Welcome to College – Six Secrets to School Success

Welcome to College - photo copyright 2012 Rick Sherrell

1. Familiarize yourself with all locations you will need to know in your upcoming college life – where you live, where your classes are, how to get back and forth between locations, where to eat, how to find the library, a location for student services – everything that applies to you. Walk/ride all of this now before you actually have to do it. Get lost now when it doesn’t matter so that you don’t do it later when it does matter. 2. Make an appointment early in the semester with each and … [Read more...]

Avoiding freshman fumbles in academic management

The Road to College Success

Helping your students get ready for college living in an innovative/interactive way As high school or college leaders you have provided assistance to students in various facets of their lives. Of course that help is concentrated in the area of academic management. Once students leave high school and enter college the scene changes significantly. It’s important to make them aware of this shift in order to achieve academically and avoid fumbles in their early college years. This lesson is to … [Read more...]

Easy College Living: 5 Tips Every College Student Should Know About

Attending college, holding down a job and attempting to keep a social life may all seem nearly impossible, especially if you are a struggling student yourself. Implementing a few different tips for college students is not only a way to make life easier, but it is also a method to go about saving more money and having more cash on-hand at all times. Consider these changes to make college life just a little bit easier. Shop in Bulk Grocery shopping in bulk is one of the best methods to go about … [Read more...]

Growing Pains: The Cost of Being Disorganized in College

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As South Park's Chef so eloquently uttered, "There's a time and a place for everything, and it's called college." College can be an amazing journey of freedom and self expression. A time of socializing and bonding, with a little studying squeezed in now and again. In fact, it's so wonderful and distracting that it's easy to forget about the big picture when you're emerged in the college experience. Words like "mortgage" and "interest rates" aren't really in your vocabulary when you're having the … [Read more...]

Ready or not, just start!

Tawan Perry - Ready or Not Just Start

What’s the hardest part of achieving any goal? Most people will tell that it’s getting started! I once heard the great Les Brown say that you don’t have to be great to start but you have to start in order to be great. Nothing could be closer to the truth. Earlier this year, I was the opening speaker for the College Ready program at South Piedmont Community College. The College Ready program is a 4-week college prep course for under-skilled/unemployed adults returning to college. This event was … [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...]

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...]