• Regina Middleton

It’s National College Decision Day! What It Means for You and Your Student

Updated: Jan 31, 2019

They've made the decision, but now, how do you ensure success in college?

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Today is a monumental day in the lives of high school seniors and incoming college freshmen everywhere. May 1 is the day in which most colleges and universities require students to accept their offer of admission if they plan to attend in the fall. As students make their decision and deposits, I reflect on the journey that lies ahead for them.

I have had the privilege of working with college students for more than 25 years, and I can tell you that I have not had a dull moment. I have watched students mature, grow and graduate. I wish I could say the path to success was easy, but more importantly, my experiences have changed the way I advise and mentor students.

Different Students, Same Issues Having worked at many different institutions, all students are different, but the challenges and issues they face are often the same. From the time the high school student enters her first year of college until graduation, many changes take place. Here are 3 things every student should know as they begin their undergraduate journey:

  1. Success is not a destination but a journey. It will take hard work, perseverance and patience to complete your academic pursuits. The road to success is not an easy one and the college journey has many twists, turns, ups and downs and only the very focused and studious students will earn a college degree.

  2. Not now, but right now! When I was in college, I thought my success would happen instantly and in the way I wanted it to . Well, I was wrong and naïve to think that success flowed in a straight path. Nothing went the way I envisioned and, in my ignorance, I found that success comes as part of the journey to your destiny.

  3. Who Do You Think You Are? When I meet with students, I try to get to know them, help them find their purpose, and develop a blueprint to complete their degree. When working with college students, I ask lots of questions to get them to really think about who they are as a person, what they like and dislike, their strengths and areas of improvement, and what they see as their passion and purpose in life. When they reflect on themselves, I can truly assist in a purposeful way as they head toward their destiny.

My final piece of advice to college students is to discover who you are, don’t change for anyone, and be okay with your gifts and talents. It will take you far!

Do you think your student is fully prepared for college? If you think they could benefit from academic advising and want to get a head start before class registration opens, let’s chat!

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