Once you get to college, the primary method of communication with any college professional, from your advisor to your professor, will be done via email. Some might actually prefer you email them as opposed to coming by in person. Think of it as the college version of the why call when you can text movement! As such, it is important that you know how to properly communicate via email.
That college professors are scary or intimidating is something I hear all too often from my students when I ask them why they don’t go to office hours. And truth be told, I found them pretty scary myself, especially as a freshman. After all, they typically hold advanced degrees, such as PhDs, are highly knowledgeable in their field, can have high expectations, throw around big fancy words and last but not least, hold your grade in the palm of their hand. But regardless of how much you may try, you can’t avoid your professors forever and nor should you want to.
Speaking from my own experiences as a student and now as an academic advisor to first year students, these are the myths I wish I had known were false when I started college. 1) Everyone knows what they're doing So let me be the first, but certainly not the last, to tell you that you’ll... Continue Reading →
It’s no secret that college courses can be tough. Long gone are the days when you didn’t have to study, or even pick up a book, to do well in class. Too often I meet with freshmen who earned straight A’s in high school and are now barely passing. Aside from being upset, they’re also... Continue Reading →
Let’s get right to the point. To be successful in college (define success however you wish), you have to have a certain skill set. Let’s call it the College 101 Starter Kit. I won’t beat around the bush: there are FOUR essential tools in this starter kit that you’ll need. 1) Time Management Okay, don’t... Continue Reading →