First-year college students know their life is about to change, but generally have little experience upon which to base expectations for their new life. They crave freedom and differentiation from their parents, which makes sense developmentally as they reach the age of majority, but may not understand what this means on a day-to-day, operational basis.
We joke about “adulting,” but few first-years have any idea what that means. (Season Two of our podcast
Joanna Lilley recently interviewed Focus Collegiate founder Grant Leibersberger on her popular podcast, Success is Subjective. Joanna is a therapeutic consultant and head of Lilley Consulting specializing in supporting young adults who have mental health histories and are launching into the collegiate world. She asked Grant about his background, Focus Collegiate, and his perception of success.
Some students go to college knowing exactly what they want to do. But most don’t. Faced with a continuously growing number of choices, students must select their academic major from among hundreds of options. For them, it can feel like a blindfolded game of darts. But adopting a career mindset early in the collegiate experience takes the blindfold off and helps narrow down the wide world of possibilities. Looking for colleges that prioritize career development,
After making such a concentrated effort writing your essays, getting letters of recommendation, and applying to colleges, there are few things more exciting than reading the acceptance letter to your “reach” school. While it is just the beginning of an experience that will very likely change your life, acceptance is a great achievement. Congratulations! You got in. You’re on your way to college.
It is not uncommon for that thrilling, made-the-grade exuberance to be followed by self-doubt.
Now that you’ve completed your first semester of college, you know first-hand that success doesn’t happen automatically. It takes determination, hard work, and especially planning. Self-advocacy and good planning in the three main areas of academics, social life, and life balance will set you up for success this Spring.
Your academic life is one of the most important aspects of college. Take these simple steps to ensure that you are giving yourself the greatest possible advantage.
There is no simple answer to the question, “How many classes should I take each semester?” The number you take depends upon several factors beyond your aptitude and the course level of difficulty. A learning difference adds even more complexity to the equation.
We often recommend that students take a lighter course load because those who learn differently must pay attention to and make adjustments for their difference—which usually translates to factoring in more time.
Tell me about yourself. I am a very busy student at Lesley University. I live in an apartment with my girlfriend and our cat, Stormy. I will be graduating in May with a degree in children, youth, and family studies. I am in the honors program; I am on the softball team where I act as team manager. I keep stats, run practices, and make sure everybody is where they need to be.
Lynne Mooney Teta is an Ed. D and an adjunct faculty at Boston College where she works in school leadership. She is also the proud mom of Amelia, a Focus Collegiate graduate.
Why did you decide to enroll Amelia in Focus Collegiate? She transitioned from a very rigorous high school to a residential treatment program. When she transitioned back, she wanted to finish high school requirements online.