April 1, 2013
How to be Successful in College
College students are a very unique group of people. Not only are they expanding their knowledge in education, they are broadening their self-awareness and enhancing skill sets for life. Many people continue their education to pursue a particular career, to challenge them, or to better them. Whatever the reasons, strategies to accomplish these goals are necessary throughout the student's journey in college. Success can mean something different for every person in college, but aiming to achieve it is something most students have in common. I recently read an article titled "Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost" by Alison Fletcher, an Associate Professor of History at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Professor Fletcher presented this speech among the freshman class of 2015 to inform them of how to be successful during their time in college. She illustrated several key points that the average student should know to make the most of their learning experience.
Meeting new people, taking risks in your academics, and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone are the main structures Professor Fletcher advised to these new students.
In order for students to be successful in the collegiate environment, they need a strong support system of family and friends. Having that encouragement and faith from others can really propel a student to do the very best they can because the pride their family and friends withhold will reflect in the individual. Making friends in college could very well add to this support system because the student will then have someone to relate to and who can relate to them as well as they encounter their education experience. Professor Fletcher dissects the idea of making friends in college, in which she states "You should have...