Monday, February 6, 2012

College Visits

Your high school career is coming to an end and college is just around the corner.  Do you know which college is the right college for you?  Now is the time to schedule college visits so you know you will be attending the college that is the best choice for you.  Most high schools will excuse your absence or you can make visits during spring break.

Make the most of your trip!
Start with the admissions office.  Find out if the college offers the major you are interested in.  Meet with a faculty member from that department to insure that department will help you achieve your educational goals.  You may even be able to sit in on a class.
Tour the campus to get a feel for the atmosphere.  Pay attention to the bulletin boards to see what activities are scheduled on campus.  Ask for information about clubs and organizations that are active on campus.  Talk with the current students.  They can share their experiences and most are willing to give you advice and share their honest opinions about the school.  Figure out if this is a place you want to spend the next few years of your life!
Deciding which college to attend is a very important decision.  Now is the time to start gathering as much information as you can so you make the right choice!  Let the tnAchieves’ staff know if you need any help scheduling a college visit.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Get Involved in College!

Going to class and getting good grades is a great accomplishment, but in order to get your "dream job" when you graduate, you need to get involved in as many extracurricular activities as you can! For starters, tnAchieves has an Ambassador program and a Peer2Peer Mentoring program. The tnAchieves Ambassadors get to participate in events and learn leadership skills that they can carry with them wherever they go. This semester, the Ambassadors are going to a ropes course in Maryville to learn what it takes to be a leader and to be part of a team. Ambassadors also serve as mentors for our Peer2Peer Mentoring program. As mentors, the Ambassadors are able to to share how they got through their first year of college to other tnAchieves students who are just entering college.

All of the community colleges have some sort of leadership programs or ways to get involved, so look out for these opportunities! Whether it is with tnAchieves, your college, your church, or your community, it is important to get involved. Share your talents and learn from others. These types of experiences are excellent resume builders and will pay off in the future! Remember... you have NO Excuses!