Pay Attention and Take Care of Business
I’m going to come right out and tell you… This article is a lecture for both students and parents. A lecture on not paying attention to things you should pay attention to, and on not doing things you should do (or for parents, doing things you shouldn’t). Not everyone needs the lecture, but enough do that I’ll broadcast it publicly.
You may think I’m being rude here, but I have good reason. In my day job at a public university, I am Assistant Director of an academic advising office, have been involved in new student recruitment for almost two decades, teach a Freshman Orientation class, and serve on a committee that hears tuition and enrollment appeals. I often see students shirk their responsibilities and make excuses for themselves, and parents do so much for their student that they build dependence and rob them of the opportunity to learn and grow.
I think parents mostly do the wrong things in the name of helping their student. Students learn how to let others do things for them and develop the expectation that they will be taken care of.
I like what Glen Beck said this morning (12-15-08) on Fox and Friends, about two types of people in the world: “There are failures, and there are losers” he said. "Failures tried something, failed, and learned something from it. Losers never tried, and probably whined about the cards being stacked against them". In a way, students whose parents do too much for them are the losers.
There are two main areas of concern before college starts:
The following are things you must know and take action on to be successful in college:
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