‘Smart’ is Cool in College

smartcollegeThe kid who always walks into class late, the girl who yells obscene things across the hall, the student who talks back to the teacher, the guy who throws desks across the room, the students who park where ever the they want even if it’s in ‘faculty only’ parking, and the girls who wear the least amount of clothes…. yea those kids, they’re the cool kids in high school. They were the ones who got the attention, the ones who were always noticed, and invited to the best parties. They were cool….in high school. Things are a little different in college. Some of the students with the best reputations in college are the students who are the smartest. They are the students who do the most internships, who are always at networking events on campus, who tutor their classmates, who are making money during the semester. The people in college who get the most attention, the ones who get noticed by faculty, and the ones who are successful are the ones who:
1. Speak up in class and ask or say intelligent things
2. Dress appropriately
3. Talk to the professors
4. Give great presentations in class
5. Show up to class prepared
5. Do outstanding academic work and are featured on the school website or in the school newspaper for a major achievement
6. Are NICE…. you’d be surprised at how many people are well known for simply being a really nice person
Being respectful, being a good student, and acting like an adult are what will get you known (for the right reasons) in college. If you are a ‘nerd’ in high school and are thinking about changing your image in college because you want to be a ‘cool’ kid now, don’t do it! Keep being who you are. Today, the people who were considered the ‘smart kids’ in my high school are now some of the most successful people I know, which brings up another reason why you should be nice to everyone in your high school and in college. Those ‘smart kids’ grow up to be really successful and you never know when you might need their help or their expertise or a reference to another very successful person they know. Connections are key!

Building Your Resume From Scratch

Everyone wants to be at the top of the mountain but nobody wants to climb it.

School has started.  For those of you who are returning college students, ‘welcome back!’  For you new freshman, ‘welcome!’  For you new students, even you returning ones, you might look back on all you have done throughout high school and pat yourself on the back.  You may have been class president, a class officer, member of an honor society, member of an organziation, you won the community service award, you were captain of your varsity sports team, maybe you were even valedictorian, or won a college scholarship because of how super smart you were in your science classes in high school.  Well, let me first off say ‘congrats’ and then let me say ‘your high school success or lack thereof doesn’t actually matter as you make the transition to college.

You’ve worked so hard to get to where you are today and yes, now i am going to tell you that it’s time to start over.  Did you enjoy being successful in high school?  Did you dislike being a bum and now you want to revamp your life?  Either way you have to start back at the bottom and work your way up.  Freshman, this is your time to!  Returning students, it’s never too late to get started.  The majority of your schools will probably provide an involvement fair at the beginning of the semester.  Go to it!  Learn about different organizations and just sign up for one.  If you go there with too much enthusiasm and sign up for a bunch of groups you will overwhelm yourself and probably not attend any meetings.  Find one group you like, sign up for it and attend their meeting.  Help with one project in that group and work on it until it is accomplished.  Then, onto the next project.  What do we call this????…..climbing back up!