And You Will Graduate

I didn’t know until I read at Mark Mongtgomery’s Great College Advice blog that today is the last day for colleges and universities to let their applicants know whether or not they’ve been accepted to the school of their dreams. I did, however, hear about the 28,000 applicants to the University of California, San Diego who were mistakenly led to believe they had been accepted, when in reality, it was really a computer error that caused them to receive an acceptance email. Ouch, what a blow to later find they had not been accepted at all!

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It seems everyone’s struggling financially these days. College students have traditionally been known to be a group with limited economic resources, so you may really feel crunched in this recession to be able to find things you can afford to do. There are still things you can your friends can enjoy that are free or cost next to nothing. You may just have to be a bit creative! (more…)

Spring Break’s come and gone. You’re back in school, refreshed and ready to go, right? Not necessarily, I know. This is definitely a time in the semester when burnout sets in and motivation tends to drop. This is probably one of the worst times to lose your motivation mojo, with major projects coming due and finals right around the corner. Here are some ways to get your groove back and see the semester through to the end. You can do it! (more…)

As an academic adviser, I worked quite often with students in regard to choosing a major and looking at future careers. Deciding what to do for a living can be hard. In fact, as you probably know, people are changing careers far more frequently in today’s society than ever before.

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As I mentioned in my last post, we’re at the point in the semester where a lot of you may be feeling burnt out. Things may be so crazy right now that you’re even considering dropping a class. If you think you’re too far gone in a certain course to be able to pass, it may not be the end of the world to drop it. However, there are several things to consider before doing so. Most schools require an adviser’s signature to drop a course. There’s a reason for that. You need to be aware of the possible repercussions dropping a class may cause so that you can make an informed decision. So many things can be affected by dropping below a certain amount of credits. (more…)

If you are wondering what’s going on … effective April 1, 2009 we will be combining all “And You Will” series of blogs (the subdomains of http://AndYouWill.com) into this main blog for all time and existence!

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It’s the end of March, and the end of the semester is getting closer. It’s at about this point when students would come to my office in droves. Often times, they were seeking to drop a class. Maybe they just needed to vent about the stress of college life. They may have been reconsidering their choice of major or looking for direction. In most cases, I suspected it was around this last stretch of the semester that students just began to feel burnt out.

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As a former college adviser, I must admit there were definitely some pet peeves I had regarding working with students. I always try to keep this blog positive, so I want you to know I’m not writing this post to criticize or to be negative. I just want students to be aware of some things they can do to help out their college advisers as well as themselves.

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I watched an interesting segment on The Today Show this morning about whether students should delay going to college due to the economy. The experts in the segment gave good advice on whether you should consider putting off college and what to do if you are thinking about it.

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Learning involves a process of perceiving and processing information. Perceiving simply refers to seeing the information and taking it in, while processing information is how you break the information down and understand it. Your learning style is about how you prefer to perceive and process information.

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A recent study by NASPA, a professional organization for student affairs administrators, indicates that almost half of incoming college freshmen who drink alcohol spend an average of 10.2 hours per week drinking and only 8.4 hours each week studying for class. Based upon the methods used to obtain the data, I’d believe the results to be fairly accurate. The data came from survey results of approximately 30,000 students at 76 campuses who took an online alchol education class. Though the participants were not randomly selected, there does seem to be a relatively wide array of students involved in the study.

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Self-confidence is something that most people struggle with. There are many situations in college that can cause you to feel a little nervous or to worry about your ability to succeed. There are academic hurdles to jump such as major projects or exams and social situations that may cause you some anxiety.

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After writing my last post on the pros and cons of taking summer classes, I realized that I didn’t get into the process of actually creating your summer class schedule. Scheduling summer classes is similar to scheduling classes during the regular semester, but there are definitely some differences to keep in mind. (more…)

Yes, I’m thinking about summer already. Not just because I’m ready for warm weather, although that’s part of it. If you haven’t considered wheter or not to take classes this summer, now’s the time to do so. There are many factors to consider when scheduling classes. Scheduling summer classes offers a slew of new considerations. Here’s a list of some pros and cons to think about regarding whether you should take courses this summer. (more…)

I found another informative site you just have to check out if you’re heading to college in the fall. It would be great for transfer students too. CollegeClickTV.com offers video and blog posts from actual students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities from across the country. According to the site, you’ll get “access to key stats to over 2000 colleges, video from over 200 campuses, and over 20,000 interviews from students, professors, staff, faculty, and local merchants.” It sounded really cool, so I did a little exploring of the site. (more…)