Being gay at my HBCU is a bittersweet experience for me. Since birth I was raised with the mentality to be "The Man." I was taught to not pursue anything that "threatened" my masculinity. Coming out wasn't an easy road, but in retrospect I wouldn't change a thing.
The beginning of freshman year can feel entirely overwhelming -- but it doesn't always have to be. Once you realize that everyone is just as nervous as you are, it's much easier to relax and take it all in.
There are many career choices that involve varying numbers of years of formal education, specialty training and supervised field placements. It's important for young people to understand the differences in order to know what career path best fits them.
Whether or not professional skills are taught in the class curriculum, students can treat each of their classes like it's their career to get the experiential learning they need to be prepared for the world of work.
Since experience is probably the most valuable thing to offer college freshmen (except for free food because free food always wins), here are some things I learned/wished I would have realized during my first semester of college.
Boston College has decided they'd like to see applications only from students who are truly interested in attending Boston College. And how will they achieve this? You guessed it - by requiring their applicants to compose a thoughtful, revealing supplementary essay.
Each year high school seniors spend the month of March in a nail-biting, gut-churning, adrenaline-fueled state of anticipation. It's the anxiety that each March brings as thousands wait for their college acceptance letters.
You have been dying to see your teenage college freshman and have been planning for weeks for their arrival home from their first few months of college. Well, let me tell you that you are in for some surprises.
Many factors contribute to students leaving college, and financial circumstance is one of them. One of the tools our college has developed to mitigate this problem and to equip students with life skills is a required, one-unit freshman course called Personal Finance for College.
I know that I'm not the first one to tell you that you are embarking on one of the most exciting periods of your young lives. At times, it can be very overwhelming but bear with me as I throw some more wisdom onto the pile.