by Jill O'Neal
As Brittney is finishing her first year at Texas Tech, we take every opportunity we get to talk with her about how fortunate and lucky she is to have received the Terry Scholarship. We are so thankful to the foundation and feel certain Brittney will work to give back to this great group of people.
Brittney participated in orientation and we encouraged her to do everything she could to get involved in school. As a Tech Terry Scholar, this enabled her to have a fantastic room in the residence hall and an instant inner circle of friends. Going into the year, we did not realize the amount of functions, the proximity of the other Terry’s living quarters and the instant feeling of belonging to a group that she would encounter.
A few things that I wish we had done prior to the start of school is to come up with a plan for things that might occur. Lubbock is over five hours from our home and although we visit, we are not close enough to be there quickly. Prior to starting or early in the first semester, I wish we had scoped out a few places. From where to buy groceries, a clinic that takes your insurance, an auto-body shop, a local dentist and a place to have your oil changed or your tires rotated would have been helpful information. Having caught the flu and unfortunately, having a fender bender happened this year and it would have been easier on Brittney if we had done some ground work ahead of time.
I think the busier kids are and the more involved they get in school, the less likely they are to get homesick; however, even though they may be super busy, they will get homesick. You will miss them as much as they miss you. For me, it has helped to send things in the mail to Brittney. She knows we are thinking about her and I love the tone in her voice when she calls after receiving a care package.
Most kids today have their own debit card and bank account. We talked with Brittney a lot about spending, budgeting and making the money she receives from the foundation last. She has complete control, but we absolutely talk about her budget, how she is spending her money and her long term plan. We talk about her bank account frequently.
TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER
The best advice I can give to a parent of a child that is about to start college is to talk to your child. Talk to them frequently and talk to them about things that matter. If you are doing that on a daily basis prior to school starting, they are going to continue to talk to you once they arrive at Tech. They will have roommate issues, encounter people that have different values than they do, face rejection, develop a crush, fall in love, have accidents, get sick, realize they have to study differently than in high school, find new friends, miss their siblings, spend too much money, realize they are no longer the biggest fish in the pond and make choices that will shape and mold their future. Having an open line of communication with them will allow you to continue to be a part of their life and will give them the support they need as they grow into adulthood.
Texas Tech is a great school and the people that work with the Tech Terry Foundation will help you support your child when you are not there. Know that your child will forever be a Red Raider and you will forever wear red and black.
Any exam can be stressful, but s student's first exams can be especially difficult for first-time college students. When parents send their students off to college, they want them to be prepared, and they do everything they can to make sure they have the tools they need to succeed. Even so, many incoming freshmen find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material covered in the average college course. It is only natural for parents to want to reach out and help during these stressful times. There are some things parents can do to make those first midterm exams a bit less stressful.
Every student is different, so it is important to visit with you student openly about academic performance.
Encouraging your student to utilize the resources on campus is important. They are designed to help students succeed in all areas of academics. Students should meet regularly with advisors and keep track of their degree requirements. Use tutoring resources and study groups and discuss issues with professors. Numerous resources are available at Texas Tech University to assist students in making the grades they need to succeed.
Texas Tech will send information ahead of time, and our housing staff does everything they can to help you navigate the day, but here are some suggestions that may help to make the day – and the transition – go more smoothly.
Move-In Day Arrives – Getting In
Move-In Day Arrives – Settling In
After Move-In – Leave taking
Move-in day is a big step on your college student’s road to independence. If you can remember your student’s first day of kindergarten, you may be experiencing many similar emotions. Once you’ve done all that you can to help him make the transition, you’ve done your job. Now you can focus on being proud of him – and on your own transition.
With a schedule of early-morning lectures, cramming in study time between classes, making it to work on time and still finding time for a social life, college students may be feeling the pressure to keep all their plates spinning at the same time.
Many students are working during college to support themselves financially, something experts say is like working two full-time jobs. A U.S. Census report determined that 71% of the nation's 19.7 million college undergraduates were working in 2011 and of that number, one in five undergrads were working at least 35 hours a week year-round.
Students attempting to balance school, work, and family/social obligations should evaluate the commitments in their life and discuss realistic goals with friends and family members to ensure that they will have the support and time needed to maximize their success, recommends Becky Takeda-Tinker, president of Colorado State University-Global Campus.
“Being realistic and understanding what you as an individual need in order to be successful and fully engaged is crucial whether it’s succeeding in school, personal, or professional arenas,” she says. “Effective time management is a transferable skill that is an important foundation for both academic and professional success.”
To help students with time management and maintain their sanity, here are four expert tips for establishing a well-balanced system.
Step 1: Create a Calendar
Creating a calendar or schedule forces students to visualize their obligations, whether it’s paper, a dry erase board, or on a smartphone app, says Nicolas Tynes, vice president of programs at Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF).
“Some people may need a physical calendar and the action of writing on a calendar will help them retain information better, a calendar that’s in their face that they can look at on a regular ongoing basis,” he says.
Being able to see a week or month’s worth of obligations can also help students manage their time better for larger tasks like big projects and final exams to avoid cramming the night before, adds Takeda-Tinker.
“Placing specific dates and times on their calendar helps to emphasize that school is a priority and commitment and allows for planning ahead--it is also wise to work ahead whenever possible,” she says. “Life events and emergencies will arise, but staying on top of school work means there will be room to adjust when those things do happen."
Step 2: Know You Have to Prioritize
Students, just like everyone else only have 24 hours each day to fit everything in (no matter how many energy drinks they consume) so they have to create a list of priorities to decide what matters are urgent and which ones can wait, says Shawnice Meador, director of Career Management & Leadership Development for MBA@UNC.
“Remember that sometimes what is important to someone else is not necessarily as important to you at that moment; you may have to occasionally say ‘no’ in order to stay on track with your personal and professional goals and objectives,” she says.
Although students may need to work a certain amount of hours to support themselves, it’s vital they don’t spread themselves too thin. Working extra hours during time off from school can give students some flexibility if they have a semester with a larger academic load, says Linda Descano, president and CEO of Women & Co.
“If you’re going to have classes that are very intensive, [ask your supervisor to] lower your work hours during that semester or figure out how are you going to allocate some of the course work that you’re doing so you can still have enough time for work, which may be critical to your financial health, but also that you have some time to take a deep breath,” she says.
Step 3: Learn How to Multi-Task
Finding ways to multi-task and combine commitments can help students best utilize their time, particularly if they are commuting to class or work, says Tynes.
“Students can look at how they’re using all aspects of their day—during their commute are they using that time to also study? Are they using it to meditate, sleep, are they using it to do some pleasure reading or socialize with their friends?”
Busy students should also seek out opportunities to merge their school, work and social lives by getting involved in professional organizations and attending networking events, school-sponsored lectures and professional development workshops, suggests Meador.
“These events are often free or low cost, and can really be worth the time and investment,” she says.
“The best part of these opportunities [is] spending time with old and new friends while expanding your network and learning more about your profession.”
Step 4: Seek Out Support Resources
If students are feeling overwhelmed, talking to academic and/or student advisors, professors, a peer-based or professional resource on campus can shed some light on problems or issues.
“Talking to non-university people in their lives - like a well-organized co-worker - that seem to balance multiple commitments with ease can also be helpful,” says Takeda-Tinker. “Communication is a key when questions, issues, obstacles or concerns arise so that students can access the necessary resources and partner with their school in strategies for success.”
Seeking out assistance from upperclassmen in their specific major or field also gives students more tailored, relevant advice about their situation, suggests Descano.
“It could be little: how people take notes, how they study, finding people who commute with you,” she says. “Even if you’re feeling overwhelmed, just to talk to someone and not keep it all buried in, but leveraging your parents, your friends and your advisors and asking for help.”
Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/08/28/balancing-act-tips-for-college-students-to-best-manage-their-time/#ixzz2fRWC34ld
While not the author of all of the posts, Heather Medley, the Terry Program Director at Texas Tech is the blogger of choice here.