The term college readiness often tops Google trends just as rising high school seniors contemplate their next step. Most of us understand the general concept of preparedness for post-secondary education, but what does college readiness really mean?
In the academic world, college readiness is largely measured by coursework, GPA, ACT and SAT scores, but beyond the numbers, a college-ready student must have the knowledge, life skills, work habits, maturity, and independence necessary to succeed at school and in life after college.
When our College Life Coordinators talk to students about
following their dreams, they are not referring to rainbows and unicorns but to real,
heart-felt student aspirations.
The charge to pursue your dreams (i.e. do what you love) is certainly
not a new recommendation. Confucius told us to “Choose a job you love, and you
will never have to work a day in your life.” Modern business leaders reiterate
the advice: Steve Jobs tells us,
So many First Years in college feel like everything is
happening all at once. This is what the internal dialogue might be like as you drag
yourself out of bed to face a new day in a new school year in a new
“Will this jacket be warm enough today? Where’s my
Most of us feel anxious or depressed at times, especially during times of significant life change like starting college. Given the number of stressors college introduces—especially within the first semester—it is not surprising that many students experience anxiety and depression.
New college students are called upon to make a huge number of adjustments. Learning to cope with new freedom,
Educators and parents know that everything can impact
academics—including a healthy social life. New studies show that academic performance
can depend upon good social integration skills—skills which, for many First
Years, are put to the test in the new environment of college.