Monthly Archives: August 2015

Summer Homework: College Lingo

New first year college students – are you ready for the term to begin?! I know a few of you…
• have already started your first year (Summer over, school year is here – crazy!)
• are doing special Summer preparation/transition courses – great idea!
• enrolled in the college’s non-preparatory summer session courses – you are the over achievers!
Some of you are anxiously waiting for the year to begin, and others of you are loving freedom from academics so much, you wish summer would never end!

No matter where you are, in the above sequence, I am checking-in to find out if you have completed a little summer homework. If you attended your college’s orientation, hopefully you know the answers to the following questions:
1. What are the difference between the following types of courses (please define): lecture, discussion, lab and seminar.
2. Which term does your college use, unit or credit, to describe time in class?
3. Which term does your college use, semester or quarter, to describe your academic year?
4. How many units/credits, do you need to pass each semester/quarter, to graduate in four years?

If any of the above sound like a strange language – open your ‘On The Quad’ and refresh yourself on how to ‘Arrive, Survive and Thrive at College!’

For Students, By Students – Advice

New and continuing college students – are you tired of getting advice from  your parents, professors, advisors, and other authorities, who like to share from their experiences (or maybe just hear themselves talk)?

This week I will refrain from giving advice and recommend you read what your college peers are saying about college life. This articleAdvice for New Students From Those Who Know (Old Students)was recently published in the New York Times. More than 20 students, each from a different college/university, shared their thoughts on a variety of useful topics.

My favorite section is ‘Understand the System and Work It.’ (Read it!)