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“What Are Your Plans After Graduation?”

Posted by in Looking Ahead

It’s the unavoidable question that all college seniors dread the most! While looking forward to their pending graduation, all college students want to know what the next step in their lives will be.  If you find yourself only a semester or two away from graduating and still have no answer as to what comes next, don’t freak out.  Believe it or not, you are in good company. A lot of soon to be college graduates have no idea what to do next. Do you truly know what you want to…read more

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Job Interviews

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If you are approaching your college graduation, you are probably starting to search for your first job. This means doing hours of research on the different companies you are interested in working for, filling out countless applications, and crossing your fingers in hopes of getting a reply back to set up an interview. Interview procedures are the most daunting steps in the whole job hunting process because making a good impression is essential and could be the deciding factor on whether or not you get hired.  But don’t worry, there…read more

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First Week of Classes

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Reality really sets in when the first day of classes rolls around. It may seem intimidating to go into a college classroom for the first time, but don’t worry! The first week is always an adjustment period for everyone, not just first year students! Don’t be afraid to ask for directions or help with anything. You will not be the only new student, and there will be many others who don’t know their way around. Who knows, you could make a friend by asking for directions. I always try to…read more

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Classroom Etiquette

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Classroom etiquette is something that you will hopefully grasp over the course of your first semester in college. Of course, it is most important to understand and follow the basic rules every professor sets at the beginning of the semester, usually listed somewhere in your syllabi. But there are a few things in particular that pertain to almost any class and that I feel I should mention for you to keep in mind when starting school: Computers: Some professors are picky about the use of computers or iPads for taking…read more

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Office Hours

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At every college professors are required to hold office hours for their students.  They give students an opportunity to talk with teachers outside of classroom.  You can ask them questions about the lectures, upcoming assignments, or anything that has to do with their course. Many professors simply work in their offices and reply to emails or prepare lesson plans during this time unless students show up. But if you can’t make it to their designated office hours, you can set up an appointment to meet with them at an alternative…read more

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Syllabus

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Many of you may be wondering what a syllabus even is…To be honest, it is one of the most useful pieces of information a professor will ever give you!  A syllabus includes everything from the professor’s contact information to very important due dates.  It is usually handed out on the first day of class or emailed to you before classes begin. Many people even call the first day of classes “syllabus day” because most professors use it to review what is on the syllabus in full detail.  You are held…read more

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Note Taking

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In college everyone takes notes differently, and it is important to find the method that works best for you.  Maybe it’s through using assistive technology like the Smartpen, typing notes on your computer, or making good old-fashioned hand-written notes.  Every professor has a different style of teaching, and sometimes your style of note taking may need to change with various professors.  Some professors provide notes with blanks to fill in, others provide power points, and some don’t offer any note taking structure at all. In the latter type of class,…read more

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Lee’s Story

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My name is Lee, I am 21 years old, have dyslexia, and am senior at East Carolina University. My major is Family and Community Services with a concentration in Early Intervention, and I hope to someday go to graduate school to become a social worker. After growing up in Washington, DC, I am a city girl at heart!

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