Tag Archive for 'College Success'

Essential Solutions for College Students in Job Market

No one is unaware about the United States economy being in the gutter. The unemployment rate is up and down the scale. And on top of it all, the government has officially shut down.

Regardless of these factors, it seems that college students, for the most part, seem to be surviving relatively well.

“I think it creates a lot of anxiousness,” Jayson Boyers, Managing Director at Vermont’s Champlain College, said about college students. “It raises the stakes for them.”

Boyers said the students he works with are using the conditions of the government as an opportunity. They are looking at starting their own businesses, working with gamming groups, participating in hack-a-thons with businesses, and getting internships much earlier in their college career.

“I think there’s an upside. Students are not taking it as victims,” Boyers said. “I think you’re seeing a line blur between college students and businesses. We’ve got to stop the echo chamber.”

The echo chamber, he explained, is the process of businesses telling colleges and universities what students need to be prepared for when they graduate, the colleges and universities preparing students for these things, businesses changing their standards, and then colleges and universities trying to keep up.

JED Foundation Medical Director, Dr. Victor Schwartz, said that according to last year’s statistics, 15 percent of college students experienced depression, 20 to 25 percent were diagnosed depressed, six to seven percent seriously thought about suicide, 30 to 35 percent were stressed out, and one percent attempted suicide.

While these statistics might seem drastic, Dr. Schwartz said they are actually better than the statistics for people of the same age group who are not enrolled in college with a support system to assist them.

Schools need to do the best they can about providing career opportunities. Those in the college community, Dr. Schwartz went on to suggest, need to identify students who appear to be out of the typical range and who show changes in self-care and behavior. Once these students are identified, they need to be directed to the departments and organizations with the resources to help them.

University of Houston Psychology Professor and Author of newly released book, Your Complete Guide to College Success, Dr. Donald J. Foss, said it still makes sense for students to proceed to college.

“There’s no doubt that students are stressed over money,” Dr. Foss said. “But the average income, the dollars and cents of it all, equals up to over a million bucks over a lifetime.”

To save money, he said, students should not delay their graduation date. Besides the added costs that colleges and universities cost in general, Dr. Foss said, a delayed graduation date will also delay the opportunity of a decent paying job.

In his book, Dr. Foss reveals four key areas college students must work on to be successful. He uses the acronym L.A.S.T., which represent coping with loneliness and isolation, taking action and avoiding alcohol and substance abuse, learning successful studying techniques, and managing time effectively.

For information on group workshops and one-on-one coaching that teaches students to become empowered to pursue their ideal career, visit www.collegiatecareercoach.com or contact Mignon Brooks, Collegiate Career Coach, at (609) 932-0483.

 

 

 

Emotions and Decision-Making for Students

America’s Psychiatrist, Media’s Psychiatrist, and Best Selling Author, Carole Liberman M.D., weighs in on how the unemployment rate and poor economy impacts decision-making for college students. She says:

“As a well known psychiatrist and author, who treats pre-college and
college students, I can answer your query.
The unemployment rate and poor economy is causing pre-college and
college students to feel depressed about their future.
Many shrug their shoulders and give up. Many opt for careers that
take  a shorter time to attain, since it feels like the extra years
won’t be  worth it in terms of financial success.
Most feel lost.
Students who had contemplated becoming physicians, for example, are
giving up their dream because they don’t want to deal with Obamacare
and socialized medicine.
Students who had contemplated becoming lawyers, for example, are
discouraged by the glut of lawyers and the realities of courts  closing
because of lack of funds.
There has been an epidemic of students returning home to live with
their parents because they can’t afford living in the dorm and/or
college tuition, or they can’t find a job after they
are graduated. The future looks bleak and many students are angry at
their parents’ generation and the government. These students often
fall into drug or alcohol addiction,
or escape into dead end jobs and dead end relationships.”

When asked how the college community and education activists can play a part in helping college students, she replied:

“The college community and/or education activists can help students  proceed with their dreams by giving lectures and organizing events  around inspirational topics, such as:

-Why choosing and following your passion should be based upon being  fulfilled by what you’re doing, not just upon what brings you material  wealth
-How to discover the simple pleasures in life
-If money can’t buy you happiness – how can you find it?
-How to choose a romantic partner based upon deeper values
-How to spot and avoid partners who are social climbers or gold-diggers”

For more information about Dr. Lieberman and her book Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Can Learn Their Secrets, visit www.drcarole.com or follow her Twitter page @DrCaroleMD.

ChemDraw ~ Favorite Things Series

Imagine the capability of sitting in a chemistry classroom where a professor flicks information to the students, and the students flick their answers right back to the professor.

Through the use of ChemDraw and Chem3D apps newest feature, Flick-to-Share, this is how Professor Layne Morsch conducted his Organic Chemistry class this summer at University of Illinois-Springfield. He armed his students with iPads, and then drawing structures and reaction mechanisms were freely being exchanged in and outside of the classroom.

“I really liked seeing my students involved and engaged.” Morsch said. “One hundred percent of them were engaged.”

Prior to using Flick-to-Share, Morsch said, he noticed that many of his students were hesitant to take down notes.

“A lot of students didn’t want to write the wrong thing in their notebooks,” he said.

Adding the technology component changed that fear. With the increase in participation, Morsch said, he would look at the information shared by his students and give them feedback immediately or right after class.

ChemDraw software has been a staple in the scientific world to draw and share chemical structures since it was first launched in 1986 by PerkinElmer. The expansion of this technology makes the capabilities accessible for anyone.

“The launch of ChemDraw and Chem3D technology in a mobile form is a major milestone in the field of scientific computing,” said Michael Stapleton, Vice President and General Manager, Informatics at PerkinElmer. “As the global leader in chemical drawing, we can now provide all chemists – from research scientists to high school students – with cost effective, portable and accessible applications that capture and share their moments of inspiration. Now everyone, from relative newcomers to the most experienced chemists, can quickly sketch and save ideas and then easily share them, bringing the power PerkinElmer’s ChemDraw and Chem3D technology to the fingertips of researchers.”

Morsch said Flick-to-Share is very easy to use. Students do not have to use a stylus or anything. They can just use the swipe of their fingertip for the magic to occur, regardless of geographic location.

To find out how to tap into the technology at PerkinElmer for your school, call 1-877-PKI-NYSE or visit www.perkinelmer.com. Engage in the conversation online to keep up with how Flick-to-Share and other technology at PerkinElmer are breaking barriers of the scientific world at www.twitter.come/perkinelmernews.

 

Collegiate Career Coach’s Favorite Things

Each Wednesday we’re posting interviews of the cool gadgets that are being used at colleges and companies throughout the country. You’ll be amazed at all of the resources that are accessible to you and can really make your college career or the job you do at your workplace so much easier. So stay tuned each Wednesday!

Don’t Fret Help Is Here…..Has Always Been Here

College students Can be Overwhelmed with Workloads In and Out of School but Trust In God, and He Will Make Your Path Straight

By Maria Elena Robles

Working a part-time job at Burlington County College as a student worker and juggling classes as a fashion design student, I had a hard time finding time to relax and have fun. My mind was nothing but worries about the future, fear of criticism, and basically just negative thoughts.

And what was ironic about this issue was I’m a Christian. Looking back at this I think to myself, “Wow, there was no need for me to worry. He was here the whole entire time.”

Of course there were days and even weeks when I didn’t feel God’s presence, not because He didn’t want to bother with a stressed out person like me, but because I didn’t want to lose control of the wheel.

If you are having a hard time reconnecting with God through whatever storm you may be going through I really want to encourage you with these steps. Mind you, I’m no “Dr. Phil” or professional expert. I just want to share what I found helpful in my walk with the Lord.

1.) Listen to Worship Music

Take a break from whatever it is you are doing. Go to your room or an isolated area & get in the presence of the Holy Spirit (God’s Spirit and your counselor). I used to listen a lot like “Pursuit,” by Jesus Culture and “Steady my Heart,” by Kari Jobe.

2.) Ask and You Shall Receive

Just like you would talk to a friend, talk to God about whatever it is your going through. If you’re stressed, ask for peace. If you need comfort,  ask for sympathy.

3.) Talk Your Problems Out with Someone Who Wants the Best for You

Going to Connect Church in Cherry Hill, NJ was very helpful. I met a lot of wonderful people who were willing to pray for me, took the time to hear me out, and gave me advice. The advice people gave me wasn’t always what I wanted to hear (such as trusting in God, stop procrastinating, being on time for class, etc.) but at the end it’s all I needed to do. If one part of the body suffers, the rest does as well.

4.) Think Positively

There are TONS of books about the power of positive thinking, one of those books include the Bible. Verses that we should keep stuck in own minds are verses like Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

5.) Make Time for Yourself

Just a reminder, He died so we can have life abundantly!!!

Go out! Hang with your friends; treat yourself to dinner; dance, but don’t do anything you’ll regret ;).  Proverbs 15:13 says, “A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.”

Overall, have faith for faith is having hope in that which we can’t see. Don’t expect God to be some type of genie who will grant you the wish to pass a test that you have not studied for. God does His part as a father. We should do our part in life as His children. Hope this encouraged not only college students, but anyone who is struggling to reconnect with God.

 

What do you do to distress from the hectic schedule of a college life?