When a student is thrown on campus they usually do not know anybody. Campus meetings, orientation, and freshman mixers are common activities students will participate in. They will meet a number of peers with various backgrounds. It is then they start taking the steps toward the person they will become at the end of their journey.
Professors not only help teach and train their students on the subject matter they've become experts in they also help mold them into the person they are to become. They set certain expectations on them and guide them. The professor is anticipating that the student will be able to manage their class load along with any other classes they may be taking.
Set office hours are put in place and the professor sets time aside to answer any questions the student may have. It is important that the student realizes their responsibility at that time and takes advantage of everything offered to best utilize their time and maximize the benefit of their experience.
Students' lifestyles are changed drastically when entering the University. They soon come to the realization that late nights full of different entertainment options are more common than they have ever been involved with before.
Learning to couple fun with work is one of the most important lessons they may learn. No parental supervision and endless entertainment options can be overwhelming. They may entice the student to put their school work on the back burner and enjoy themselves instead. When they learn to balance work and play they will be at an advantage when preparing for life outside of the University.
When the student enters their senior year they have become somewhat of an expert of managing their life at the University. They have accumulated a number of friends in which they share the same goals or have something in common. Professors are more like guidance counselors.
They have taken several classes and have made connections with a few teachers who have guided them along the way. They have also become experts in balancing work and play. They know what expectations the semester and their social life has put on them and they manage their time accordingly. The goal is within reach and they are excited to what the future holds.
The many lessons learned in University will help them manage their next phase in life. Managing interviews, social life, and expectations life will throw on them will become more manageable. They will navigate through life trying to find their foothold and put the lessons learned in University to a practical application in life.
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Article Added on Thursday, March 18, 2010
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