November 26, 2015

How to handle the move to college

Moving to college is a pretty big deal; you’re saying goodbye to your family home, or at least the home you've known for a while, and moving into a completely unknown environment. You will most likely be sharing a room with someone, negotiating space, and you’ll have to get used to your new surroundings and learn how to budget properly. With all these stresses in mind, you will want to make moving day as easy as possible. If you are moving into an all freshman dorm, there will be a lot of other … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of a Life in Fraternity

The moment I say “frat”, horrifying images come to mind. Unfortunately, the media has done well to portray a very negative image of fraternity/sorority life (in some cases rightfully so, in others, maybe not). Let’s just be straightforward now. Frat life, despite what you may think, is not all about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. There is much more to these Greek Letter organizations than you may know. We’re not going to tell what’s good about a fraternity or a sorority right away. That won’t … [Read more...]

Avoiding freshman fumbles in academic management

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...]

4 Questions to ask yourself between semesters

The semester has come to an end and it’s time to start thinking about next semester. Whether you're burned out from this semester or have had a few weeks to get over it; there are some things to consider as you prepare for next year. Is your schedule realistic? If you have already scheduled your classes for the next quarter or semester, ask yourself this question. Is taking 20 credits and working 20 hours really necessary? What commitments do I need to maintain and what commitments do I just … [Read more...]

Dumping the Sophomore Slump

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...]

They say… Developmental education classes rank among the top 5

THEY... are the National Center for Educational Statistics. According to their stats, across the nation more and more students are taking Developmental Education classes and some colleges are now reporting Developmental Education Departments in their Top 5. What this means is that more and more students are entering college unprepared. To break it down - they have trouble with their basic readin’, ’riting, and ’rithmetic! According to the Lumina Foundation nearly one-third of first-year … [Read more...]

Intimate relationships between students and professors

Student life is fun but difficult at the same time due to the process of studies. Some have part-time jobs, which together with studies make it to where a student is tired because of being occupied all the time. Along with that, some manage to create families. Having a family is a huge responsibility and it requires more time for a family itself and for work to be able to provide the family with everything what it needs. However, while studying, a student may fall for his/her professor and … [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...]

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...]

Get Creative When Communicating With Your Loved Ones Back Home

Sure, you’ve made friends in your dorm, and they seem great so far. But there’s nothing like a smile from your dad that warms your heart and makes you feel fuzzy inside. Being far away from your family doesn’t mean you need to lose the closeness you have with them, it just means you need to get creative with your communication methods. Thanks to technology doing its thing, it’s easier than ever to get some love from back home and to let your people know that, even though you're away, you’re … [Read more...]