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What College Freshmen Need…Hope and Support!

By: Donna Hupe
Posted Tue., August 7, 2012

There will be many new students who will be leaving their family homes and setting out for their newest homes found on college campuses. Saint Vincent College will be greeting the freshmen in August during the week before other students arrive. In fact, SVC provides an orientation program “to better the integration of the first-year and transfer students into the community of Saint Vincent College by promoting the values and traditions of the school through positive, engaging, and nurturing channels. The program aims to promote clear communication of College policies and expectations while encouraging campus involvement” (see link below).

College freshmen need to follow some tips when acclimating themselves to the new adventure upon which they will embark. College professors, instructors, staff members, and students work together to insure that their first year is one that is as successful as possible. Freshmen students also must play a role in reaching their goals if they are to fulfill the requirements and responsibilities that are set by the colleges they attend.

Quintcareers.com has published a list of 25 tips to help freshmen survive their first year at college. Dr. Randall S. Hansen, the founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well as CEO of EmpoweringSites.com, complied the list and stated that “The first few weeks on campus are extremely critical for all new students. It is during this time that you make critical decisions that will have an effect on the rest of your life”

Tip #25 is especially important…
Be prepared to feel overwhelmed. There's a lot happening in your life right now. Expect to have moments where it seems a bit too much. As one student says, be prepared to feel completely unprepared. The trick is knowing that you're not the only one feeling that way. One would agree that this tip is applicable to all students who are earning college degrees and planning their future careers. However, for a freshman, the idea of accepting that one will feel overwhelmed at times may bring about anxiety and stress before even beginning the journey.

There have been three consistent suggestions that one should follow which are offered by the best stress therapists. These are “Take a breath…take a mental break…reframe your situation”. Saint Vincent College provides a variety of support on campus that assists freshmen during those “I am overwhelmed and do not know how I can continue” moments. When necessary, freshmen, as well as all students attending SVC, should seek advice from their college advisors and from the academic affairs department.

The key to experiencing a positive first year at college involves the student knowing what the college offers in the way of academic, emotional, and social support. It is important to insure that the first year experience can be a memorable one that becomes the foundation for succeeding and thriving in the years ahead.

Some links that are helpful:

http://www.quintcareers.com/first-year_success.html
(25 tips for college freshmen)

https://www.stvincent.edu/Student_Life/Student_Life/
(information for students about campus life at Saint Vincent College)

http://www.stvincent.edu/Student_Life/Clubs_and_Organizations/Orientation_Program/
(information for Saint Vincent Students regarding orientation)

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=108272117035
(Some suggestions for new freshmen from a Saint Vincent College Blogger)

Comments:

I agree the first year can be over whelming and routine activities can be a bit tedious. The key to success is to participate in topics of interest and try not to look at collage as something that you must be done with, but instead slow down and take your time. This refers to curriculum don't exert to much pressure, instead lean back and take 3 classes instead of 4, but enjoy them and set a pace that is relaxed and comfortable for you . I am free for questions http://allborolocksmith.com
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Posted by: Reign Castro at September 28, 2012 2:20am
Thank you so much for this! My daughter found your advice useful! Tony
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Donna Hupe teaches ED 101 – Field Experience I and has been a Pre-Student Teacher/Student Teacher Supervisor at Saint Vincent College for the past five and a half years.