It seemed like all the stores were selling everything and I needed to get one of each color.” High school counselors and college representatives can help waylay students’ fears throughout their senior year and first-year of college.
First, though, the professionals need to be aware of what students really fear about the college experience—even while pretending to be all-wise, all the time.
Threatening and intimidating behavior may result in immediate suspension and other sanctions up to and including removal from the College.
A growing number of career colleges and vocational training schools now offer bachelor's and graduate degree programs oriented toward working adults.
In our interviews with 175 college students throughout the United States for Survival Secrets of College Students (Barron’s, 2007) students talked—sometimes painfully—about what they wished they’d known ahead of time and what they would have done differently.
In addition to fears about being smart enough, liking roommates, making friends, and missing home, students also worried about handling the party scene, having sex, covering costs, and being safe.
Many are also concerned that their employers will be unimpressed with their new degrees or certifications.
Similarly, when a student fails to take the initiative to ask questions or seek assistance, an instructor may simply assume that the student is not motivated to learn.”Through her interviews with more than 120 community college students — typically first-generation — Cox notes that a “coherent picture emerged” of their professors.“Students admitted to feeling intimidated by professors’ academic knowledge and by teachers’ power to assess students and assign grades,” Cox writes.
However, most working adults re-enrolling in career college, regardless of whether they attend or complete classes online, end up fitting in well and are more than up to the challenge of returning to college as an adult.
There’s this little secret college-bound and first-year college students outwardly deny: They are scared sick about going off to college.
“Essentially, students were afraid that the professor would irrevocably confirm their academic inadequacy.”This nervousness was particularly concentrated among those students taking mathematics and composition courses, often the “portal to more exclusive classes.” Citing an “underlying fear” that they would be “exposed” in front of their peers and professors “as too stupid for college classes,” many of the students observed by Cox “exhibited very low tolerance for feeling confused or making mistakes” and often did not seek extra assistance to understand new skills or information.
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