Happy New Year!
This week I chose to take a look a College Greenlight, a resource for first generation college students who are starting the college-going process. I was really impressed by the different resources and functions of this website, and I even made an account myself to play around on it.
I strongly suggest checking it out as an option for any student looking at going to college, but especially for those first gen students!
I'll be back next week, so check back in to see what's in store!
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!
Life on campus can mean more than just attending classes and studying in your dorm room. Studies show that the more involved you are in your campus, the more likely your success in graduation will be.
“The National Survey of Student Engagement—a survey measuring student
involvement in academic and cocurricular activities—shows that student success is
directly linked to student involvement in the institution. In fact, survey results show that the higher the level of student involvement is, the higher student grades are and the more likely students are to reenroll the next semester.” - Lumen College Success
What are the possibilities?
There are several types of Student Life on campuses across the country, which include:
You are heartily encouraged to pursue any interests that enhance your education and
enrich your student experience. Your participation can expand your horizons, deepen
your interests, and connect you with new people.
How do I find out about specific organizations?
● Your institution’s website: Try a keywords search at your college’s Web site,
using any of the following: student life, college life, student organizations, clubs,
student activities office, student services, special events, events calendar,
performing arts calendar, athletics calendar, etc.
● Your school email: Your school should send out various emails per week
updating you on what is going on in your campus community
● Social Media: Almost anyone and everything has a hashtag!
● Bulletin boards: Events will be posted on papers, flyers, stickers, etc
● Friends: Ask new (and old) friends what they do in their spare time. You may be
encouraged to join.
● Student Affairs Offices: They are your go-to office for local events happening on
● Your Campus Recreation Center (the gym): The gym offers more than just
weights and actually acts as a hub for student life (similarly to the library)!
Benefits from Engaging in Student Life
● Personal interests are tapped: Programs and activities encourage students to explore personal interests and passions. As students pursue these interests, they learn more about their strengths and possible career paths.
● A portfolio of experience develops: Add any and all experiences in your college years to your resume!
● Fun leads to good feelings: Having fun is a good way to balance the stress of meeting academic deadlines and studying intensely.
● Social connections grow: You can make friends with people who share
your same interests! It’s always good to have friends who share your
interests and to develop these relationships over time.
● Self-esteem grows: Pursuing your interest in other activities (other than
academically), you can fuel your self-esteem!
YOUR college experience is what you make of it. Have fun, meet new people and enjoy
This week we have Nellie talking about how to support and guide DACA/Undocumented Students in their post-secondary futures! If you are interested in the PowerPoint in its original form or would like a printer-friendly version of the presentation, the files are below, in both .pptx and PDF formats!
When I think back to my senior year, one thing stands out in my college search- I didn’t. I did not take time to learn about what area colleges had to offer me. I sometimes wonder if I would have made a different choice if I had actually visited schools to see what they were all about instead of only looking at one school. Luckily, my choice worked out for me in the end, but I often think about all those untapped opportunities that were all around me!
Today, I want to chat with you about the power and importance of college visits, and how to make the best of your time on campus.
Students: curious how your ACT and GPA compares across different universities in scholarship awards? Then look no further than this quick reference sheet! Award amounts vary by year and tuition varies at each university, but this is a great place to start.
As a counselor in Tennessee, I know that keeping track of whether your students are READY Grads or not is something that can be tiresome and frustrating. However, this tool is something that can help make that process a little easier.
Link to Google Sheet: Link
This tool utilizes the checkboxes in Google Sheets as well as a formula combination to help clarify when a student is a READY Grad. It allows you to update the list over time and not lose your progress. Just copy the Google Doc into your Drive (go to File -> Make a Copy), and then you can use it to your heart's delight!
As a side bonus, these boxes are easy to add and easy to use in other documents, so feel free to add them to your own worksheets (go to Insert -> Checkbox).
Hope this helps! Stay tuned for more resources next week from someone other than me! :)
NiswongerCARE Staff sharing the best resources we can find! Click on the post(s) to see them in their full format!