May 25, 2015

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...]

An ego boost that’ll boost your future prospects

Nicole and Olivia

We all have that person in our circle of friends who can easily be classified as “our biggest fan.” You know, the one who always cheers for you the loudest, shares pride in your accomplishments, and constantly reminds you, well, how awesome you are. What a way to put a smile on your face and lift your spirits. My go-to girl for a pick me up is one of my best friends, Olivia. She never fails to tell me what a great job I am doing with my every endeavor. When I called to tell her I landed an … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Attend College Out of State

College is the most unique time in someone’s life. The 4 or 5 years (some take longer which is ok) that you spend at this institution of higher learning will shape the roads you will travel for the rest of your life. The college experience is what you make of it. There are several opportunities to meet new people, learn new things, and develop the necessary skills for a successful career in the field of your choosing. But, does where you attend college actually matter? Students are choosing a … [Read more...]

Where should I live? Things to consider before moving to college

Where should I live - Photo copyright 2012 Rick Sherrell

Choosing the right place to live is an important part of making a smooth transition into college life. On-campus dorms and off-campus apartments and houses all have their pros and cons, so it’s important to take some time to evaluate which option is best for you. Here are some important things to consider before making a decision: Budget: Obviously, the cost of living in dorms, apartments and houses can vary from college to college. Thus, the first step in your decision-making process should … [Read more...]

Surviving your first year of university

Surviving your first year of university - photo copyright 2013 Rick Sherrell

So you've done the hardest part: you wrote a personal statement, agonised over checking your UCAS page every two hours, and you've been awarded a place at University. Now all that's left to do is to move into your new student house and start partying. But there are a few key things to remember before you make that big jump away from your parents and into the independence that University brings. Preparing to Move Out Don't forget the essentials. Know what your accommodation will have and come … [Read more...]

Getting connected to a great mentor

TawanPerry-Getting connected to a great mentor

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at a student leadership retreat at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, OH. One of the themes that I was asked to discuss was getting connected and staying connected to mentors. Here’s some of what was discussed in my presentation. Your college degree will get you to the door but your mentor will get you inside the building. Your college degree alone will not guarantee you a successful career. In fact, the first step … [Read more...]

Overcoming First-Year Academic Struggles

The first year of college can be an exciting time for many students. It is often a teenager's first look at real freedom, and a student's first chance to take a step into a wider academic world. Unfortunately, that first year can be fraught with peril - there is a reason, after all, that so many students simply cannot make it past their first two semesters. The foundations for success in college are laid in the first year, and those who are willing to stretch outside their usual practices are … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Balancing the Books and the Bar

3 Tips for Balancing the Books and the Bar - photo copyright Rick Sherrell

Turning 21 can be one of the most exciting times during your college career, especially if you’re waiting for the day to legally just enjoy a beer with dinner. This milestone number represents a new found freedom, which can also come with some heavy consequences and choices. While a large majority of students drink underage, once you turn 21 any type of alcohol you desire will be readily accessible at your fingertips at all times. It is an exciting time to be able to legally enter a bar or … [Read more...]

Get connected to your campus “Dream Team”

Tawan Perry - Campus Dream Team - Connect-5

After my first semester of college, I quickly realized that in order to get my cap and gown I could not do it alone. In fact, I am a proponent of the idea that college completion is not a solo journey. It’s a process that you should not experience alone. If you want to be successful in college, I implore you to get a supportive, beneficial support group that will help you get connected and stay connected throughout your college process. This goes beyond just the people you like; it’s about … [Read more...]

DESIGN: Making the Most of Your College Rental

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One of the best aspects of college is the chance to live on your own. Not only are you free of the restrictions your parents imposed on you for the last 18 or so years, you're also free to decorate your new home however you want to. Whether you're living in campus housing or renting your first apartment, it's wise to think twice about the way you style and treat your new abode. When the lease is up and it's time to hand in the key and get your deposit back, the last things you want are … [Read more...]