I wanted to share with you an absolutely awesome resource for LGBTQ+ students and allies alike. The Campus Pride Index is a website loaded with plenty of helpful resources for LGBTQ+ students such as information on queer friendly workplaces, statistics and information on colleges, and most specially, a search engine for colleges in each state with rankings of LGBTQ+ inclusiveness of each college.
Going to college should be a wonderful time for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and going to a campus that is mindful of LGBTQ+ student needs and issues is important. The website ranks colleges on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being unfriendly and 5 being very friendly and inclusive to LGBTQ+ students. It further breaks down areas of strength and growth at each school.
For example, I went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and absolutely loved my experience there, but it does have a ranking of 2 out of 5 stars on the CPI. While UTK does have a very active Pride Center, a pretty active LGBTQ+ population on campus, and many fun social events for LGBTQ+ students and allies, there are certainly areas for growth. The index is not designed to steer students away from schools they have their hearts set on, but rather to help you make an informed decision about a school that will really feel like home for you as well as what you might expect to encounter when attending the school.
And who knows, maybe your involvement on campus will be the reason a school goes up a star on the CPI and becomes a more welcoming place for LGBTQ+ students for years to come!
In High School there are county schools and city schools, public schools and private schools, religious schools, and even homeschool.
The same can be found in college!
There are many different types of colleges that offer different experiences and education, and target different types of students. It can be very difficult to figure out what the various types of colleges are, and especially difficult to keep up with all the letters and crazy emails you get from colleges all around the country as a senior.
Here is a very simple chart explaining the differences between all the different types of college! Browse through them and see what kind of college you may be interested in.
Thinking about the right career for your future is not always easy but finding the right resource and websites to search for careers helps calm the stress of finding a right career.
A great resource to use is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This gives students an opportunity to look deeper into the career they find interesting. Whether you want to learn more about salaries, education needed, job summaries, or the number of jobs in the career you are looking for, this is a great resource to use. It goes into detail about the work environment you will have and what you will be doing. If you are uncertain about a career the occupational outlook handbook has multiple career choices for someone to research and learn more about!
So go check it out!
During my freshman year of college, I commuted to Carson-Newman everyday. However, for the next three years I lived on campus in a residence hall. While my freshman year was tough because of the commute and academics, it was a different world when I lived on campus. I struggled through homesickness a year later than my peers, and was not sure how to handle it. My family was a great support, and I eventually became used to living on campus away from home.
Parents/Guardians/Friends: you may have a student who is going to college soon. Are you prepared to support your freshman student? There are so many ways to do this. I found a video from a mother’s perspective on how she learned to support her daughter who was in college. I also want to share a few things I learned while I was in college that I appreciated my family and friends doing for me!
So there are a few different ways in which I had a support system while I went to college. Parents/Guardians/Friends remember this: your student may need a certain type of support. Communicate with your student to see what they need the most!
NiswongerCARE Staff sharing the best resources we can find! Click on the post(s) to see them in their full format!