Saturday, January 19

Thriving in college

We've got more than a few students at PIBC who are struggling to keep their heads above the water because they were never really equipped to function in a college environment (and culturally this type of environment is extremely foreign).

Some of the staff would like to regulate our students and their activities more tightly but I'm seeing that as counterproductive. The more we micromanage the lives and schedules of our students the less likely that they'll develop the skills needed to do that on their own. It's better that they struggle -- maybe even crash and burn a few times on their own -- than that they finish college without a clue about managing their own lives.

I'm not suggesting that we just leave them to sink but that we address the issues through personal interaction and challenges rather than regulations -- regulations which ultimately breed resentment toward the school and the system.

Here are some resources:

~ 10 tips for college students

~ Here's how some other struggling students get ahead -- lots of good advice -- Link

~ Figure out your body clock -- Link

~ How to Study, a Brief Guide from State University of New York at Buffalo -- Link

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