Monday, December 15, 2008

After The Acceptance Letter

Today I'm pleased tp welcome guest blogger Kelly Kilpatrick who writes on the subject of university accreditaion. I particularly enjoyed her article 100 Awesome Ivy League Video Lectures at Online and 100 Free College Rides You Don't Need Daddy to Pay For.

Kelly Kilpatrick

Sometimes we fail to see the forest for the trees. We get caught up in the shuffle of things and fail to see what looms ahead of us. This couldn’t apply more to the hard work required to simply get into a college. Through the constant barrage of forms, we fail to remember that once those kids are in school, they may not be prepared for what lies ahead.

Many college students get where they want to be, only to fall miserably behind because of some conversations that never took place before they left home. Parents need to have some serious talks with their children before they leave and throw away years of hard work. What follows is a list of things college students need to know before they head out for school.

Always Attend Class

So many students fall into the class-skipping trap when they find out professors don’t take attendance. Why would you pay hard-earned money to not go to class? Young students need to realize that every single class is valuable and that professors know who is attending their class regularly, whether they know your name or not.

Get to Know Your Professors

This is directly correlated to the first item on this list. If you make an effort to get to know your professors, you begin to forge a relationship – and this can really help when it comes to crunch time. Attending classes and getting some face time with professors shows that you care as a student and is a sign of respect.

Budget Time Wisely

With a full class load, it can be easy o get bogged down. Many students fall behind because they don’t have someone on their case to get them to finish their work. Ultimately, students must take responsibility for their own actions, but they must learn how to budget their time wisely.


This goes hand in hand with budgeting time, and relates to how students must select what to get done first. Reading, projects, papers, social engagements – what should come first? Teaching students how to evaluate what should get their attention first is a necessary skill for students of all ages and helps prevent procrastination.

Financial Responsibility

This is especially important for students that will not be working. Perhaps they will be living on a set allowance; they must know how to budget this money so that it lasts for the amount of time intended. Additionally, acquiring credit cards should be discouraged. Have the money talk with your future college student before they leave and get in over their head financially.

Kelly invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com

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