Secrets From A College Professional
In addition to students, we had a professional weigh in on the matter. Christy Ridings, Belmont’s Associate University Minister, says to give grace. Not everyone is going to figure it all out in the first month of school, not all new things are the right thing, and college is a huge transition to independent life. She says that throughout it all, everyone needs grace for themselves and others. Christy also advised that what someone did in high school may not be the thing they do in college, and that is okay. She says to get out there and see what there is. Additionally, she says to find a routine. Christy says that some kids like to sleep during their extra time, but all that does is set a person back. Naps are good, but they are not everything! Finally, Christy says to remember that the workload increases and can seem overwhelming. She likes to say that “inch by inch is a sinch, but yard by yard is very hard.” What she is saying here is that the work can be broken down. Do not let the whole semester overwhelm someone in the first week. Her last piece of advice is “to go to class!”
The tips so far are all incredibly useful for day-to-day life, and it is important to know how to put them to use. To start, almost all student resources can be found somewhere online. Just google what is needed followed by the school name, and boom! It is probably there. But what services are available? There are student learning centers, mental health services, religious groups, fitness resources, and more! College is truly set up to help everyone succeed, but as Christy likes to say, “Students need to be proactive, not reactive” when using these resources. Do not wait until it is too late to get help. Get help when it is first evident that it is needed.
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