September 1, 2014

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...]

Get ready for college living in an innovative/interactive way

The Road to College Success

Your students will have a great time in college, but there will be hurdles to overcome. One of their biggest challenges will be learning how to manage a job and earnings for the first time without parental supervision. Wisdom is the areas of professionalism, budgeting and credit card use is greatly needed. As a counselor you can help shape their financial position if they are willing to learn from your experience. Here are some tips to help you with this. Be Faithful & Professional on … [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...]

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...]

Positive affirmations for a positive attitude

Herb Ammons - Positive Affirmations for a Positive Attitude - College Motivational Speaker

The transition from being a high school student and living at home to becoming a young adult living among fellow college students isn’t easy. One thing you can do to ease the transition from home to college is to use positive affirmations to keep your attitude up. Watch the video below for a few examples of affirmations that might get you through this semester with a more positive attitude. I'd love to hear some examples of positive affirmations that work for you. Please share them in … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of Living Off Campus in College

The Pros and Cons of Living Off Campus in College

One of the first decisions every incoming freshman has to make is where to live. Thankfully, your options are pretty limited if mom and dad don’t live within a few miles of campus. You can either opt to bunk down in a dorm or a step into the “real world” by settling into your first apartment. Continued structure Not every student is ready to take life by the horns, cast off all support systems and live the life of freedom afforded by moving into his or her own apartment. Leaving the folks and … [Read more...]

Learning to deal with conflict with positive affirmations is a life-long habit

Herb Ammons - Learning to deal with conflict

Even if you went through high school facing conflicts as a battle or a grudge, you can learn how to turn this around in your college years, even if the person you are in conflict does not follow your lead. By learning how to face a conflict positively you will avoid unnecessary stress, which can affect your studies. It takes the pressure off you if you face the conflicts head on and with a positive attitude than if you faced it with a battle face ready to fight. By waking up daily and reading … [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...]

How to Become a Social Butterfly in College

So you've just started college and all of your friends from back home didn't come packed inside your suitcase with you to college. How will you ever survive? Now more than ever is the time to meet people by utilizing the resources that surround you. There are plenty of other students who are facing the same dilemma you are; being friendless. So now what? Use Your Classes Wisely Maybe the classes you are currently enrolled in are boring and uninteresting, or maybe you enjoy them. Either way, … [Read more...]

What First Years Really Want

Tawan Perry - What First Years Really Want

As both a former student leader and college administrator, I've been privy to see my share of Welcome Weeks, Orientation, FYE, and whatever else they may be called. The one commonality that I've noticed at many of these schools is that all first years typically want the same. It’s as universal as Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs theory. In the eyes of student affairs professionals this may not come as a surprise. In my opinion, there are three essential things that first years really want. Of course, … [Read more...]