College Survive And Thrive Workshop For Graduating Seniors


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College Survive And Thrive Workshop For Graduating Seniors

  1. 1. College Survive and Thrive Workshop for Graduating Seniors <ul><li>Facilitated by Tammy Alva, Masters Level Career Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>& Several Alumni from Lennard High School, </li></ul><ul><li>Hillsborough County Public Schools, </li></ul><ul><li>representing the College Student Panel </li></ul>
  2. 2. Topics <ul><li>College orientation events </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduling freshmen classes </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting college organizations and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Optimum utilization of advisors, professors, teaching assistants and upperclassmen </li></ul><ul><li>Using good judgment in terms of personal behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational skills </li></ul><ul><li>Money management </li></ul><ul><li>Time management </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping and packing for college </li></ul><ul><li>Roommates </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining contact/relationships with family members and friends </li></ul>
  3. 3. How to make the most of college orientation events <ul><li>Go to all orientations. “The faster you learn your way around campus -- and around all the red tape -- the more at ease you'll feel and the better prepared you'll be when issues arise” (Hansen 2011). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Making wise choices when scheduling freshmen classes <ul><li>Get to know your academic adviser. “This is the person who will help you with: course conflicts, adding or dropping courses, scheduling of classes for future semesters, deciding on majors and minors. And don't be afraid of requesting another adviser if you don't click with the one first assigned to you” (2011). </li></ul><ul><li>Click on picture to hear the panel’s experience </li></ul>
  5. 5. Selecting college organizations and activities <ul><li>Get involved on campus. “A big problem for a lot of new students is a combination of homesickness and a feeling of not quite belonging. A solution? Consider joining a select group -- and be careful not to go overboard -- of student organizations, clubs, sororities or fraternities, or sports teams. You'll make new friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to your school” (2011). </li></ul>
  6. 6. Optimum utilization of advisors, professors, teaching assistants and upperclassmen <ul><li>“ upsides to getting to know your professors, especially if later in the semester you run into some snags. schedule office hours for the sole purpose of meeting with students –” (2011). </li></ul><ul><li>“ first week of classes try to meet at least one new person in each of your classes. It expands your network of friends -- and is a crucial resource at times if you need to miss a class”(2011). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Using good judgment in terms of personal behavior <ul><li>“ Don't look to place the blame on others for your mistakes; own up to them and move on. Being an adult means taking responsibility for everything that happens to you” (2011). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Organizational skills <ul><li>“ In high school, the teachers tended to lead you through all the homework and due dates. In college, the professors post the assignments -- often for the entire semester -- and expect you to be prepared. Buy an organizer, a PDA, a big wall calendar -- whatever it takes for you to know when assignments are due” </li></ul><ul><li>(2011). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Money management <ul><li>“ If you've never had to create a budget, now is the time to do so. Find ways to stretch your money - and as best you can, avoid all those credit card solicitations you'll soon be receiving. The average credit card debt of college grads is staggering” (2011). </li></ul>
  10. 10. Time management — balancing academic demands and social activities <ul><li>“ College life is a mixture of social and academic happenings. Don't tip the balance too far in either direction” (2011). </li></ul><ul><li>“‘ Study hard so you can play hard’”(2011) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Shopping and packing for college (things to know before you pack those bags!) <ul><li>“ What are the residence hall policies? Which appliances are ok and which are banned?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What furniture or appliances are already provided with your room?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ How are you allowed to decorate your room? Is your bedroom furniture modular, and are you allowed to move it around?” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Roommates <ul><li>“ The people you live with, most of whom are going through similar experiences and emotions, are your main safety net -- not only this year, but for all your years. You may change roommates after the first semester or you may stay roommates for all four years -- just take the time to get to know your fellow first-year students” (Hansen 2011) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Maintaining contact/relationships with family members and friends <ul><li>“ It's only natural that there will be times when you miss your family, even if you were one of those kids who couldn't wait to get away. Find a way to deal with those feelings, such as making a phone call or sending some email home” (2011). </li></ul>
  14. 14. References <ul><li>Hansen, Randall. (2011). Your first year of </li></ul><ul><li>college: 25 tips to help you survive and </li></ul><ul><li>thrive your freshman year and beyond. </li></ul><ul><li>Retreived from </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>year_success.html </li></ul><ul><li>(2011). Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Online/blogs/students/archive/2008/07/27/the- </li></ul><ul><li>ultimate-dorm-move-in-checklist.aspx </li></ul>