What are the challenges facing today’s college student? How can institutions support their incoming students, help them feel connected to their campus community, and make sure they have the tools to succeed academically and personally? After all, institutions realize that by helping incoming students with the transition into college, they can improve student success as well as retention rates.

I’ve attended several national and international conferences on the issue of college success. I’ve heard the “experts” discuss their research on the topic. But what about the students? What do they think? What is their perspective on the first year experience…in their own words?

In short, I’ve determined that student success depends on overcoming the academic, financial, and personal challenges they encounter. For instance, many first-year college students have not yet mastered the writing, presentation, and study skills they need. Outside of the classroom, they need to familiarize themselves with available campus resources, learn how to cope with stress in a healthy manner, and figure out how to balance their academic and personal life. And, finally, they have to figure out how to pay for it all and not get mired in student loan or credit card debt.

Caroline, a first-year student at Washington State University, will discuss her own first year experiences – addressing the challenges she personally faced in a free webcast hosted by Terry Arndt, President of College Transition Publishing.  In addition, Caroline will offer advice and tips to incoming students, AND PARENTS, on how to best plan for their own first year experience.

Register today for this free web event by registering HERE.  The event is limited to 100 attendees.  In addition, attendees will receive a copy of the Essentials for College Success white paper, a recording of the event, as well as a chance to receive a review copy of College Transition Publishing’s Life During College series.

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