In high school, students are often required to complete a senior project in order to graduate and receive their high school diploma. Would you expect any less from a college or university? I hope not! The capstone is the crowning moment in your college career where you put all the pieces together to form a final project, professional paper, or in some cases, a thesis.
But there is more to a capstone than just "work".
Your Kid has Graduated High School! Now What? Part VII: Find that One Professor that is Eager to Help
College can be a scary thing. It can also be a happy thing. College in and of itself is like a roller coaster. You've met the criteria to get on the ride, but are seemingly unaware that there are ups, downs, cork-screws, flips, twists, and dives during your enrollment that can make you laugh, cry, scream, and let's be honest, heave your $4.00 lunch! But, there is something to be said about finding an instructor or professor who is not there for the money, the title, or the notoriety of having "grading power"... Yes, there are some who are truly there to increase YOUR wealth of knowledge. Those who will go to bat for you when you have suffered an injustice, and those who will listen to your rant when you need some moral support.
But how do you find them?
As a college student, you are constantly surrounded by others who are academically inclined. Whether you share the same major is of little importance. The instructor or professor of many 1000 and 2000 level courses are inundated with students. They are a name and a grade on a sheet of paper.
But is it important to the student to be known by the instructor?
College campuses and universities are almost always buzzing with some type of collective activity. From fundraisers to club enrollments to activism, these activities promote a sense of belonging among and within groups.
Outside of Greek life, most are free to join and offer a multitude of events throughout the semester to encourage participation and to express any concerns students may have.
Throughout high school, students learn the importance of taking notes, developing study techniques, asking questions, and preparing for exams. College is nothing different, unless you consider the fact that you are learning at an increased rate. What would normally take an entire academic year to learn is streamlined into a 16 week semester. Lectures are swift, concepts are added and new terminology is expected to be understood.
All seems well... Until the grade drops.
Your Kid has Graduated High School! Now What? Part III: Say YES to fun, but only after this important step... or two!
What would college be if it were all work and no play? Probably a very humdrum campus filled with lots of non-traditional students who are there to increase their career capital or to change careers completely.
But today's college campus is filled with culturally diverse groups of traditional students who challenge traditional trends. Greek life is one way the tradition continues. I never participated in Greek Life, so I have no words of wisdom on this. But during my time, I did discover other groups who also enjoyed getting together and hanging out to 'break the monotony' of the school-study-sleep schedule. There were foreign language groups, math groups, writing groups, philosophy groups. Clubs were also an important feature: Criminology, Sociology, and Geography club, Anime Club, Black Student Association, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, and more.
But why is this important?
Many parents ask me, "LaVonda, how do you shop for groceries when you have such a large number of people in your family?" My answer is always a giggle. I take quite a bit of pride in my 21 years of shopping for groceries for my family. In those 21 years, I've couponed, compared prices, used price-match at Wal-Mart, and scoured sale ads looking for the "best" deal. But what I really learned through those 21 years is this...
You’ve sat down as a family and weighed the finances. You’ve applied for scholarships, grants, and perhaps student loans. College begins in just a few short weeks and your adult child is venturing to the dorm or an apartment on campus, but what in the world should they take with them?
Since I’ve never lived on campus, it would be asinine for me to just pull some stuff out of the air on what you should consider packing, so I’ve interviewed a few college students and asked what their “must haves” were while living on campus. They were more than helpful in sharing their thoughts.
While they admitted to using an online search for a list of things to take with them, they agreed that some of the smaller things not listed online would have made their transition easier.
Here are the top 10 items thirteen college students (8 female, 5 male) say they wish they had taken with them during their first semester.
Well, well, well… Your baby has up and graduated high school and perhaps they are looking at careers and trying to decide if college is the right choice, or if a trade school is more to their liking. Either are great ways to jumpstart their independence as they run, walk, gallop, and for a few; trip headfirst into the real world. But let’s face it. College seems to be where all the attention is now days.
Welcome! My name is LaVonda. I am the wife of Rodney, the mom of 5 remarkable kids (well, 2 are adults now), an avid homeschooler, blogger, and sociologist. I am blessed with the ability to spend my time sharing our homeschool and life experiences with you. It is my hope to provide you with motivation, ideas, and some candid stress-relief through my blog - Mom's Scribe! Grab a cup of coffee, sit on down, and make yourself at home!