The 2010-2011 academic year was an especially trying one. Students from all of my advising groups dealt with some serious mental health issues that affected their self esteem, grades, and unfortunately, in one case, one student nearly harmed himself. I am proud of each and every student who came to see me even though their …
In a twitter chat yesterday about parenting style somehow the topic veered into what constitutes a “good” school. Many educators are of the mindset that it doesn’t matter what school you attend so long as a student likes their experience and does well. When it comes to a first generation student I wholeheartedly disagree. A …
At some universities your academic advisor may contact you. He or she may send you an email to your school email account reminding you of upcoming deadlines. However, at many universities academic advisors expect you to take responsibility for your education. They expect that if you have a question then you will come in and …
Everyone has some sort of gift. Yes, everyone. It may be one that you were born with, or one that you cultivated over time based on your interests, but yes, you have one. However, unless the gift is something that is readily marketable people either ignore it, don’t value how much it’s really worth, or believe the naysayers who tell them that it’s not a gift at all.
One thing first generation students often do not know is that yes, you can request exceptions to a variety of rules and regulations at your college.
Attending college in the United States can be an exciting but scary time for an
international student. It is likely that you were exposed to enough U.S. culture through the media in your home country for some things to feel very familiar, and yet there will be lots of other things that will surprise you.
Entering college can be a scary time. Making new friends, maintaining your studies, and being on your own can present challenges that even the most mature and responsible student has difficulty mastering.
A student emailed me today asking for my opinion on which are the, and I quote, “outstanding” professors who teach “engaging” courses, and are considered “excellent” faculty members. I shouldn’t have been surprised considering that people now want the “best” of everything even if that “best” is determined arbitrarily by someone else whose needs and wants don’t match their own.
Not until 10 years after graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree did I finally learn I was a first generation student and exactly how that had effected me. If I knew then what I know now….well I didn’t, but hopefully you can learn from my story.
The chance to open your mind is in fact what a great deal of what a college education is supposed to be about. However, that doesn’t mean that you should not also consider your future.