5 Mistakes I Made in My First Year of College

Transitioning into college life was exceptionally difficult for me because I was homeschooled for most of high school. Combine this with taking a gap year and working too much, I had a really hard time becoming accustomed to college life. During that transition, I learned some valuable lessons by making some big mistakes. Here are the ones that stick out the most.   I didn’t pay my fees on time. In my first semester I missed the fee payment deadline and realized this at 2am that night. I cried for an hour… Read More

Making Students Feel Welcome

If you’re already engaged on campus, and either feel comfortable where you are or haven’t left the program yet, you’re experiencing firsthand the joys of doing more in school than just showing up to class, groaning mid-lecture, and then leaving. How did you join whatever it is you’re now doing? Maybe you love volunteering – or Salsa dancing with the gang – so much that you just walked up to a meeting and uttered those magic words, “can I join?” Not everyone feels comfortable enough to do that though. For many newer… Read More

You’re Never Too Old for Back to School Shopping

table with chevron print notebook and school supplies

Going back to school means a lot of things. New classes, new teachers, new friends, a new schedule, and lots of things that are out of your control. In a way of seeking a bit of control I always buy fun new school supplies. Why? Because I can’t control the girl who sits beside me… but I can control if I have a cool new metallic notebook. And if she can’t appreciate that, then we probably won’t get along anyways. Back to School If I’m being honest with myself, I struggle to… Read More

Focusing on the First Year Experience

Have you ever thought, “Hey, I don’t really like the way the College ran this event” or “I wish the College did a better job helping first year students get settled?” Me, too. Well, students of Douglas, I recently had the opportunity to attend a focus group, where a bunch of students had the chance to let their voice be heard in hopes of improving student life at the College. The College invited participation from students in every program to ensure that many different opinions could be heard. The focus group was facilitated… Read More