With the ever changing academic environment, our goal is always to provide structure, consistency and accountability. We do this by modeling optimism, resilience and flexibility. That being said, we are stressing to students that this semester is going to move quickly. For many schools, the weeks are condensed and will require attention to detail, strong time management skills and diligence. A typical semester is 16-17 weeks and many now will be 12 weeks. There is less time to make up work, and assignments will be closer together. Students also need to be aware of changing expectations. We want to stay on track!
Below are a few questions to consider for students and families:
For most students, this summer looks and feels very different from previous summers. College Success Plan is nonetheless committed to helping students find new and creative ways to maximize their time off! This summer, our mentors are providing:
Many students have had their summer plans disrupted due to internship cuts and remote-only work opportunities this year. Some students have been fortunate enough to move forward with jobs, some have elected to take additional coursework and others are looking for unique ways to maximize their summer. College Success Plan encourages students to take the time to review their degree plans, update their job application materials, take an online class, pursue a new credential, create a portfolio, clean up their social media accounts, set up informational interviews, and refine their executive function skills.
While the summer can be a much-needed break from students’ hectic and demanding school schedules, it does not have to be a break from the effective habits they created on campus. Along with the change of environment, routine and expectations, students often disregard the habits they created on campus. We encourage you to view the summer as a time to help your students correct bad habits, replacing them with new, better and healthier choices.
While your students are home for the summer, encourage them to implement positive habits such as:
The summer can be the perfect time for a student to implement a new, healthier and more effective routine. At College Success Plan, one of the most important contributions we make to our students’ lives is the creation and maintenance of balance. We help our students achieve balance in their academic, personal, professional and social lives. Such balance is a key component of a stable and happy lifestyle. Please encourage your students to view the summer as an important opportunity to create better habits and patterns that will set them up for success during the 2020-21 school year!
The summer before your freshman year is an integral and overwhelming time for students and families. Preparing to move away from home, plan out an entire semester and start a new chapter poses countless challenges that leave many students and parents alike feeling overwhelmed. We help students consider their strengths, weaknesses and goals as they map out a plan for a successful semester. There are many things that are out of our control in today’s world - planning for college doesn’t have to be one of them!
College Success Plan knows how to set students up for success by helping them enroll in the right classes, create a sustainable schedule, find the best advisor and get organized for move-in day. We help students research professors, navigate ways to get involved on campus, ask for the appropriate accommodations, create a budget, and so much more.
We know what steps and decisions cause families the most stress, and we have a data-driven program to address and accomplish each of them. Students who work with us over the summer head into their school year feeling confident and prepared. Parents can rest assured that all deadlines are met and all paperwork is submitted on time. The emotional stress associated with such a major transition is more than enough for your family to tackle - let College Success Plan handle the rest.
Do you know students struggling to pick their major or questioning
their current educational path?
Starting this summer, College Success Plan students will have the opportunity to take the Greenwood System career assessment which helps students focus their education on a future career direction. The Greenwood System career assessment is a comprehensive report and exploration process that takes into account a student's unique abilities, interests, personality and values to create an action plan for the future. With the support of a trained College Success Plan mentor, your student will navigate the self and career exploration process to help him/her make decisions about course work, majors, internships and ultimately a career after college. Students who go through this process are more confident in their educational decisions and have a focused and concrete Action Plan to achieve their personal, educational and professional goals. Call us to learn more!
Learn more about Greenwood by watching this Video!
College Success Plan’s work doesn’t begin and end with academics. We also help students explore their major and career options, specify a desired professional path, brainstorm avenues for further learning, identify opportunities for development and create a plan for overcoming obstacles. We assist our students in researching majors, minors and careers. We provide individualized direction for resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile creation and refinement. We help students create an action plan to achieve their goals and provide support and reminders along the way. While many students are facing the summer with uncertainty and disappointment, we encourage them to maximize their time to advance and reflect upon their long-term plan!
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Anyone who has ever attended college or watched their children navigate this transition knows how vastly different the experience of a high school student is from that of a college student. From the newfound independence to the excess of free time to the vastly different academic expectations, many, if not most, students find their new university life to be a major culture shock.
College Students experience major shifts in the following areas:
- The newfound independence students experience in college is one of the most overwhelming changes
- College students must independently select their classes, their major, their schedule
- They must independently manage their social lives, their sleep schedules, where and what they want to eat for each meal
- Most students find this independence to be both a blessing and a curse Class Variety:
- College classes come in a wide range of topics
- Students must take into account:
- Professor teaching styles
- Course timing and course length
- Class formats (online vs. in-person vs. hybrid, lecture vs. seminar, etc.)
- It is each student’s responsibility to research and register for courses, as well to decide when it is necessary to add/drop/make changes to existing courses
- College classes require students to be in different places at different times each day; students may not have the same classes or schedule each week
- Some students are even required to travel between different campuses for class
- College classes vary in length and format
- Students must independently decide when the time is right for: attending class, studying, exercise, eating, extracurricular involvements, social activities, etc.
Accountability and Responsibility:
- College students are treated like adults
- Parents won’t be called if a student skips a class / Parents no longer speak on their student’s behalf / Parents cannot give students permission to miss classes
- College students are expected to make adult decisions, are held responsible for these decisions and must be accountable for poor decisions
- College students receive an entirely new set of peers -- from roommates to dorm-mates to classmates
- In college, you can create a new, fresh identity for yourself: this can pose as many problems as it offers benefits
- Many students attend college in a new state or section of the country, which can expose them to cultural differences
- Many students experience loneliness and awkwardness as they attempt to establish their college identity and form new relationships
- This process can be slow, time-consuming and oftentimes discouraging
Students also quickly learn that college is expensive and budgets must be managed, that there is significantly more homework, that attendance is their responsibility, that it’s harder to stand out in college classes and that there are fewer grades and fewer opportunities for feedback than they experienced in high school. We must honor the challenges our students are going through as they navigate this transition and offer the insight and support they need to overcome such adversity.
College Success Plan helps its students by promoting accountability, by encouraging flexible thinking and by supporting students in being proactive wherever possible. College will inevitably challenge a student’s will-power, self-control and self-esteem, and our Mentors feel privileged to act as coaches and confidants during this trying time.
If your student is struggling with the adjustments of college life, please reach out to College Success Plan to learn more about how we can help!
Great to meet with you today! I am so glad we were able to go over your four syllabi that were posted and discuss ways to be successful right from Day 1 this semester.
As we discussed, let's make sure to do the following this week:
1) Complete all readings and homework ahead of time -- no missing assignments is a goal!
2) Utilize individual school resources (office hours, Help Rooms, T/A's, Review sessions, etc.) -- the syllabi specifically state that help is available and encouraged for students!
3) Get to the library during the day and immediately after night classes to get work done -- let's limit distractions and make sure getting all work done is a priority before hanging out with friends!
Attached is your to-do list for this week.
Next Session: Monday January 14th 12:30 pm EDT
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me! Have a great first week back and I will check in with you again this week!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to reflect on the semester with your student!
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