Student Success in College: Albertus on Good Morning Connecticut

Student Success in College: Albertus on Good Morning Connecticut


College experience is a big change from
high school if your child is worried about how they will make the grade or
even make friends we have some expert advice for you from Albertus Magnus
College, today we have student success coach Corey Brushett and director of
admissions, Ben Amarone here I want to thank you both so much for being you for
having this the workload is about to pick up drastically for the two of you, I
know everyone returning, I know you’ve got a busy summer with rolling
admissions and all of that I want to start there actually because some
students are still trying to make that last-minute decision of “what is the
right fit for me?” how do you find the school that’s perfect for you? Sure, choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions that a young
adult will make in their life so it can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be,
so we always tell students to make sure you do your homework, make sure you do
your research, visit websites, tour campuses, step foot on the campus, when you do that you get that feeling of “yes, this is where I belong!” and that’s
the really that’s the most important part, is to really make sure that
it’s the right fit for you. You do need to find a place that feels like home a little bit but of course you want to look at what you are interested in
studying, and I’m sure you want to look ahead to how many people have had
success in that field, right? Absolutely! making sure that you’re going
to be successful in an environment is very important. Albertus
students say they choose Albertus because of our inclusive community,
because of the relationships they build with faculty and staff, because of our
small class sizes— so those values and traits are individualistic, but you want
to look for a college that also has those same values interests. that might be beneficial to talk to people on campus while you’re there visiting and find out because you might not be able to hear something like that, so that’s
really good advice. And then for people once they step foot on campus, boy
that can be a very scary time! Not only for the student, but also the parents as
well; a big transition about to happen here. Huge! So it’s important to connect
with someone obviously, connecting with a new or old friend is a first step for
students, but really connecting with some person on campus that can connect the
student to the resources that they need. It’s hard to know everything that’s available the moment you step on the campus but if
you find that person to connect with then they can lead you to those
resources as you need them. And how do you begin to balance the workload and
trying to meet new friends? Let’s be honest that’s a big part of it,
especially when you move away to college. So being mindful of writing everything
down whether that’s in a paper planner or online in the calendar that you can
access— it’s impossible to remember every assignment every, reading project that
you have to work on plus what activities you want to participate in— you need to
put it somewhere, so you can stop keeping all those lists going in the back of
your mind and then focus on what you need to at hand. Okay, and how do you
handle students who feel homesick? And maybe, what are the signs of that too,
because I would imagine that that’s something parents should be looking out
for too. It is common to feel homesick and so if you’re feeling a
little down and you’re feeling that you’re reaching out to some of your old
friends or family members pretty often that’s normal, but I think when it
doesn’t go away when you’ve been on campus for quite a few weeks and you’re
still feeling particularly homesick, that would be a time to reach out to that
person that you’ve connected with whether it’s an advisor or a faculty
member or even go directly to the Counseling Center. I think one thing
that might help students too is that when you choose that school and you
begin it’s still not set in stone people change schools all the time, right?
and is it an easy process to do? Transferring, it can be an easy process, you
want to make sure that if you’re not happy in an environment, that’s the last
thing any student wants, right? but if you’re not happy an environment, that
you vocalize that to an advisor or someone on campus because transferring
can be a good option for many students. I’m sure it’s important to give it
some time too because I have to expect the cold feet in the first semester. Absolutely, yeah. We’re looking forward to welcoming our largest class in Albertus’ almost 100 year history in just a few weeks, so we’re really excited about
that. We have students coming to campus on August 23rd, so just a few days
away for we’re move-in and then we start classes the 26th, so we’re excited! Well, happy anniversary! And, of course, something kids can be
doing now is grab that syllabus and maybe start deciding where these classes
are if you’re familiar with campus. So review the syllabus, make sure you get
the books in time, and do your reading assignment, and then reach out to anyone
that’s there to assist. I’m part of a Title III grant initiative, we hired
many new employees to help be there for students as they transition, so if you need
help just ask! I want to thank you both so much for being here. it really helps
this transition, I think make it easier for a lot of families. Thank you so much and
have a great school year Thank you!

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