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  • As the clock ticks down for you to go back to school, how are you preparing yourself? Whether you a first-year undergrad student, or a veteran of this post-secondary world, this list of reminders will be beneficial as you prepare to cross the stage...again. We asked current students and graduates to share bits of advice for those returning to school. The responses were so great, we compiled a list of tips to ensure you get your year started on the right note. 1. Go to class. Apparently, this is really important. Although classes may look nothing like high school, in terms of size, you professors still notice who comes to class and who doesn't. 2. Maintain a healthy balance between your academics and social life; too much of anything can be a detriment to your well-being and goals. 3. Take advantage of campus resources. Many campuses have services to help you with academics, transitioning to college, emotional wellness, etc. Use it! You're paying for it. 4. Be aware of grade requirements for your major/minor BEFORE you register for a class. Some classes require certain grade minimums to stay enrolled or active in a program. Build a relationship with your advisor and trust their input. 5. Obtain and retain information regarding the campus academic calendar. At times, you can drop a class before it negatively impacts your GPA. 6. No money, Mo' problems. Don't jeopardize your financial assistance by not being aware of minimum credit hour requirements. Ensure you adhere and are aware of your course load at all times. 7. Exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. You have heard this your entire life. It works. 8. Do not post images of you partaking in illegal activity online. Better yet, refrain from partaking in illegal activity. Your reputation will thank you. 9. Get involved on campus, but don't spread yourself too thin. Remember, you are trying to ultimately attain a degree while making lasting and meaningful memories. 10. ENJOY YOURSELF! You will meet so many new people, including yourself. The challenges you will overcome, personal growth and the friends you'll make will surprise you. Embrace the change. If done correctly, college can be some of the best years of your life.
  • It's been said, communication is the key to success in many aspects of life. If this is so, why does it seem so many people struggle with the concept of obtaining just that...the key?! The definition of communication is simply the process of sending and receiving messages to convey information, ideas, feelings and beliefs. With this being said, humans seem to complicate this very straight-forward concept. As a communications major, I view the way people interact differently than most. It's safe to say I analyze and perceive communication with a bit more depth than the majority of people I encounter. Personally, this has gifted me with a greater sense of self as well as others. My ability to empathize is more prevalent. I do, however, still seek to become more effective in my abilities and openness to the art of exchange with others. I will share some tips that have been profound to this point in my life. Even more so, I would LOVE to hear yours. Tip #1: Don’t be a Negative Nellie. Presume positive (or neutral) intent, until you have a legitimate reason to perceive otherwise. Life is hard enough, as it is, without over-saturating our lives with self-inflicted negativity. When you come in contact with others it is important to be mindful of what you project during your exchange. Too often, people allow what should have been an isolated incident be a baseline for additional communication. Instead, experiences with various people should make us aware and open to variances in personalities; rather than a forced association to every previous and negative encounter. Tip #2: Effective and meaningful communication does not thrive in a predominantly selfish atmosphere. I get it. Everyone likes to feel important and heard. However, when you are in the role of a listener, it is important to be an active one. Challenge yourself to attentively engage in a conversation, not just utter a response. If you tend to be forgetful, make a note and revisit the thought at an appropriate time. However, focus on staying connected in the conversation, even in this means you are listening more than you are talking. Furthermore, the potential of selfishness does not only reside with the listener. The speaker also has a responsibility to a degree of selflessness. In a healthy communicative exchange, the speaker’s sole responsibility should not be to convince someone to see things your way. Remember, communication is about sharing ideas. Although, you can assist the receiver in understanding your conveyed message, the more forceful you are with an agenda, message or idea, the less likely someone will choose to receive your message willingly.
  • When in an interview, it is important to be aware of your nonverbal communication, just as much as your verbal. What you wear, posture, and how you fidget are just a few of the many ways nonverbals can deter a potential employer from giving you the job. Drop some tips and experiences that could help another seeking a position.