How is your mood?

Photo courtesy of Ben White/Unsplash There are few variables that can upend your college performance more profoundly than a mood disorder, particularly anxiety or depression.  Studies have shown that 40-50% of college and university students suffer moderate depression, and about as many are on some kind of anti-depressant as of 2010.  And the 2020 pandemic …

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How organized are you?

Photo credit: Mark Fromberg If college will teach you anything, it will be to recognize the importance of being–and staying–organized.  In fact, if you are going to a successful college career, the time you can save–every day in any given semester–will be completely dependent on your organizational skills. And, as pointed out in a previous …

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Is your lifestyle affecting your grades?

Your ability to focus on your work, prioritize your studies, and make time for your reading and assignments is a major component of academic success in your post-secondary years.  And your day-to-day lifestyle choices will likely bear heavily on these needs.  Here are a few quick thoughts on your lifestyle choices. Are you a party …

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College before university? Five reasons why.

Photo courtesy of Holger Dieterich/freeimages.com “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” You’ve probably heard this question more than a few times over your childhood, and perhaps even tried answering it a few different ways (astronaut, nurse, pro athlete, anyone?), and all the while not being held to your conviction.  And yet, …

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Drop your high school attitude!

Photo courtesy of Sarah Brown/Unsplash So, what kind of a student were you in high school? What peer group did you most identify and hang out with? Where you part of the Good, the Bad, or the Ugly? Perhaps you were one of those nerdy types who actually did well in school.  If so, you …

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Do you believe in the value of education?

Photo courtesy of Inaki Del Olmo/Unsplash Perhaps the first barrier to being successful in school is whether or not you believe–truly believe–in the value of being educated. Surprisingly, not everyone does–only about half the American population does, according to a 2019 poll–there are many who are completely content to do any number of service industry …

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College Maturity: Are you Ready?

Photo courtesy of Jorge Fernandez Salas/Unsplash “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin’s quote is a good reminder of why some people never succeed at college or university–a lack of focus.  It is hard to start down any road without having at least some …

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Three things to change right now to improve your final transcript

Photo courtesy of Wes Hicks/Unsplash At some point in a given semester, you may already be drowning in coursework. There can be any number of reasons for this: poor preparation, too much partying, working too much, illness, a family emergency, a major falling out in your love life, to name a few. You may be …

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