Your Collage Success Starts Here<br />WELCOME TO PATHFINDERS<br />David YbarraTerry BryantHazel ReyesErica Johns<br />
Pathfinder’s wants you to be successful and excel in your college years with a healthy balance of academic work by identifying your personal goals and priorities, academically and financial preparedness, time management, avoiding road blocks, and academic advising.<br />INTRODUCTION<br />Is this your first year of college or just entering college after years of being in the work force? If this is true, do not worry, Pathfinders will guide you in the path to success. <br />
Personal Goals<br /><ul><li>Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and motivating yourself to turn a vision of the future into reality
Setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life by:
Know where you have to concentrate your efforts
Properly-set goals can be incredibly motivating, and as you get into the habit of setting and achieving goals, you'll find that your self-confidence builds fast</li></li></ul><li>Personal GOALS Con’t<br />Smart Goals:A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants, SMART usually stands for:<br />S Specific <br />M Measurable <br />A Attainable <br />R Relevant <br />T Time-bound <br />
Personal GoalscON’t<br />Goals are set on a number of different levels:<br />First you create your "big picture" of what you want to do with your life, and decide what large-scale goals you want to achieve. <br />Second, you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit so that you reach your lifetime goals.<br /> Finally, once you have your plan, you start working to achieve it.<br />We start this process with your Lifetime Goals, and work down to the things you can do today to start moving towards them.<br />
Academically and Financially Preparedness <br />
Academically and financially preparedness <br />To accomplish these goals, you must build effective study strategies, communication skills and maintain your financial health. <br />This will include researching this information while also applying it to your daily life in order for it to determine your success in college<br />
Academically preparedness <br /><ul><li>Preparing academically includes understanding your thinking skills, building them effectively and using effective decision making
Study strategies are also imperative to your success in college by learning effectively note-taking, test-taking and research skills
Communication skills are also important due to the fact that active listening and understanding effective communication can affect your knowledge of the information being received</li></li></ul><li>financially preparedness <br /><ul><li>Preparing financially is important considering tuition, books and the cost of living
Create a budget one that is a vibrant document and is well considered that's used on an ongoing basis
Using a historical reporting system or a line item method will give you detailed information on exactly where the money is being spent according to Finance & Accounting
Most budgets do not work because people do not know how they are spending their money because of these budgets are not realistic or useable
Monitor and write down for one month’s budget using the college student monthly budget grid, this will help monitoring and budgeting your finances while in college</li></li></ul><li>TIME MANAGEMENT AND ROAD BLOCKS<br />Time management skills and strategies are imperative in the success of a college student.<br /><ul><li>Learning how to balance your commitments and deciding where your time should go can be difficult to prioritize
Categorize your time and goals into four groupings:
What can I do without? Examples: Socializing, cell phone, playing video games. All of these can be reduced.
You should find more time to accomplish lifetime goals.
Have clearly defined goals to help you determine what you should do with your time.</li></li></ul><li>TIME MANAGEMENT & ROAD BLOCKS <br />CON’T<br />Time management tools can assist you in keeping track of your commitments and planning your activities <br />Make a to-do list along with a weekly schedule for short-term goals <br />Make a monthly and semester calendar for long range planning <br />Write your list with your goals in mind and assign each task a priority <br />You will feel more accomplished by seeing what you have completed and have prioritized your time.<br />There will always be road blocks in your day to day life.<br />You should always allow excess time in your planning for that reason.<br />Life does not always go as planned, so do not allow stress to interrupt or destroy your plans and goals.<br />
Time management & road blocks <br />CON’T<br /><ul><li>Always make time to nurture your emotional health.
Your physical health can also be an attribute or road block in your college career.
You can also use relaxation techniques to manage your anxiety. </li></ul>Using all of these techniques, planning and strategizing skills will guarantee your success in managing road blocks and your time throughout your college terms and your life<br />
ACADEMIC Advising<br />What can an academic advisor do for you?<br />They can help you choose classes<br />Plan your degree<br />Suggest possible majors<br />Help you switch majors<br />Help you switch majors again<br />Ensure you will graduate on time<br />Academic advisors are an invaluable resource in keeping your academic career focused and on-track, while you explore new classes, new disciplines, and new futures! <br />
ACADEMIC Advising Con’t<br />Advisors can help you with:<br />Course registration problems<br />Tell you about obscure-but-fascinating programs in your faculty, and what courses you should be taking to be eligible<br />Plan your courses if you’re going on co-op or exchange programs<br />Track your credits and make sure you can actually graduate <br />Point you to acceptable or popular electives, especially upper-level courses that don’t need prerequisites<br />Direct you to academic and other campus resources.<br />
ACADEMIC AdvisingCon’t<br />Most academic advising services are open year-round so feel free to email or call your advisor and set-up an appointment if you need to:<br />If you’re transferring to another faculty<br />If you’re doing co-op or exchange <br />Before registering in your graduation year to confirm that you’ve completed all the requirements<br />Don’t hesitate to contact an advisor if you need to clarify something you read in the or on a website that doesn’t match up with what you’ve heard from your peers.<br />
conclusion<br />Pathfinders hope that our information would help you to be positive and overcome any barriers that you as a student may encounter.<br />We strongly believe that if you identify and know your personal goals and priorities, ask for academic and financial preparedness, manage you time and avoid road blocks, and accept academic advising you will be successful in your college years. <br />
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