Service learning and civic engagement

Service learning and civic engagement

I chose my job recruiting and training college students to mentor and improve college access for low-income, first-generation or otherwise at-risk middle school students for many reasons but one in particular: I believe that by inspiring college students to get involved in their communities, together we can have a greater impact than I could alone.

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Talk about internships

Talk about internships

For many college students, the old-fashioned summer job (lifeguarding, scooping ice cream, mowing lawns) has given way to a broad range of work experiences lumped together under the heading “internships.” It’s a trend your student should jump right into. Recent studies find that students who’ve done internships are three times more likely to get a

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De-coding a college course catalog

De-coding a college course catalog

How do college students figure out exactly what is required for them to graduate? Good, solid and continuous academic advising is crucial for them to stay on track and this is the time of year when many students are meeting with advisors to plan next semester’s courses. However, the quality and availability of advising vary widely from

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How to be a successful college student

How to be a successful college student

College classes are very different from high school. Students are becoming more independent, but they will still ask for advice. Here is some helpful information. General Education requirements (“Gen Eds”) Most colleges require a set of introductory courses, taken first and second year. GenEds ensure that students learn a range of subjects. Gen Ed requirements

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Midterm support for your student

Midterm support for your student

Midterms are almost here, and your first-year college student may need extra support. What are midterms? Halfway through the semester (possibly much earlier than your student expects!), the faculty conspire to inundate students with tests, projects and papers scheduled as closely together as possible. Professors aren’t really out to get your student but it may feel that

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The time management challenge

The time management challenge

Every fall thousands of freshmen head to college and parents cross their fingers and hope their students will be successful. Many students transition smoothly, but others do not. Is there a secret? Maybe. In his book, Making the Most of College, Richard Light shares a study of hundreds of college sophomores. Interviewers talked with two groups

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Academic success checklists

Academic success checklists

Your student’s academic advisor can recommend habits to cultivate that will lead to academic success. Based on 30 years of working with students and faculty members, I have my own checklist (see below). Here also is my unorthodox but honest parent-to-parent checklist for you. 1. Set your expectations early, and high. This generation of college

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College to Career 101

College to Career 101

A college degree is not an automatic ticket to a career. Students don’t choose a major, take some classes, write a few papers and — poof! — they’re looking at a six-figure job offer upon graduation. And this fact has a lot of people (including concerned parents!) talking, mostly about college grads who are jobless,

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