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||Trials and Tribulations
"It's a tough job to be a student. The endless assignments and stockpiles
of information. It can make you into an academic couch potato. Therefore,
don't neglect a balanced lifestyle -- the active with the academic. Keep
your physical self in tune. There's substantial evidence which shows that
high academic performance is more likely to occur when you're physically
fit. Obvious conclusion? Routinely take yourself out for a jog, or a vigorous
walk, or hit some racketballs, or play basketball -- whatever you can enjoy.
Make it something that cranks your internal machinery into high gear for
at least twenty minutes each time. Do this no less than three times a week.
Wow -- that can be an investment of only an hour a week, and it's basically
free. In return, your body will thank you and your brain will be refreshed."
||- By Bob Gensemer
||Seek Help When Needed
"Take this tip from a student who knows. Don't let those studies get behind.
If you're having a difficult time in a course, falling behind, or spending
too much time having a good time, this message is for you. Ask for help now,
before it's too late. When I started college, I wasn't aware of the importance
of an education. I was a freshman who didn't know what I wanted. When I fell
behind, I skipped class rather than going for help. This put me on academic
probation. I was lucky though, I found help through the Academic Support
Services. They helped me find a direction, and I learned there are tutors
available to help with those troubled classes. Class stopped being a burden
and began to be interesting. I realized I could do the work and people here
helped me to focus. If you feel like things are generally over your head,
get help. There are people who care about you and want you to succeed. Take
advantage of the help that is provided to you. Remember, you are here for
a reason. Don't party yourself out of school. You can do it."
||- By Tracy Hergenroeder
||Withdrawing From a Course
"None of us likes to have to quit in the middle of something we've started,
but sometimes it's the only alternative. Withdrawing from a course is not
something to be taken lightly, but unforeseen things can happen that make
it necessary. If you find yourself in the position of having to withdraw
from a class, know the rules. The last day to withdraw from a class with
a "W" grade is posted at the beginning of every semester. After the official
withdrawal date, withdrawing from a class is possible for extenuating
circumstances, but it's a more complicated procedure and it will only be
approved if the reasons are truly extenuating. Keep in mind that poor classroom
performance is NOT an extenuating circumstance. It is also important to be
familiar with any financial aid implications before withdrawing from a class."
||- By Linda Lacny
"The college experience is certainly a unique one that will have many
implications for the rest of your life. It is important to dive right in.
The experience will be more rewarding and enjoyable if you step right up
to the plate. Get involved in campus life, not only in the classroom, but
in other areas as well. Life will surely be easier if it is shared with the
people around you. Many students are timid when it comes to talking with
others, especially teachers. Talking with and getting to know your instructors
is as important as showing up for class. Teacher-student involvement is an
indication of a serious and committed student. So study hard, get involved,
and enjoy yourself!"
||- By Shawn Reagan
||Top Ten Reasons: Why Are You
"I'm bringing you, direct from the home office in Sioux City, Saskatchewan
Today's "Top Ten List." The subject of this Academic Survival Top Ten List
is "why are you flunking out of Edinboro University?" O.K., here we go, the
top ten reasons you're flunking out of Edinboro is:
#10 All the professors in this school are morons.
# 9 The cafeteria food is secretly laced with a chemical that makes me stupid.
# 8 A college degree is over rated. Sharon Stone did not complete her Edinboro
academic program and look how famous she is.
# 7 A college degree is really unnecessary. John Wayne Bobbitt doesn't have
an Edinboro degree and he seems to have put things back together pretty well.
# 6 The scheduling computer predetermines my failure. How could I possibly
be expected to attend classes that begin before noon?
# 5 My QPA is 0.20 right now. However next semester I'm joining the fraternity.
They have all the tests and required academic materials on file so I can
expect a 4.00 next Fall.
# 4 I'm an important link in the local Edinboro economy. Shoot, if I went
to class and studied, the "Hotel" would probably go bankrupt.
# 3 Human development necessitates a prioritizing of one's life. Right now
I'm concentrating on my socialization skills.
# 2 It's not what you know but who you know. So right now I'm dating 3 of
# 1 I'm not failing the system, the system is failing me.
O.K., so there are a lot of reasons for not doing well academically. However,
some day you've got to accept that you, and you alone are responsible for
your life and its success or failure. If you are not trying to be the best
student you can be right now, you're wasting time, money and risking your
chances of future happiness. Quit whining! Get to class and keep up on your
assignments. That task should be #1 on your 'Top Ten List.' "
||- By Doug Watts
||College and Alcohol Reading
"Most people come to college expecting to have a good time while they're
here, and some think that means drinking games or chugging contests. Did
you know that most students at Edinboro don't drink heavily? Fewer than half
drink even once a week, and only one in five drinks three nights a week or
more. On the whole, at every campus in the country -- including Edinboro
-- the less students drink, the better their grades are. Think about it.
If you drink lightly -- or not at all -- you're much less likely to miss
classes, do poorly on an exam, have trouble concentrating, or have to spend
time dealing with the aftermath of a binge. So take a minute to look at your
lifestyle and make some healthy decisions about alcohol and other drug use.
If you choose not to abuse, you not only have a lot of company at Edinboro,
but you're far more likely to succeed academically."
||- By Mary Anne Weiner
||Stay Clean and Stay Cool
"College can be a transitional period for many students. It's hard to know
what to expect--academic pressures, different environment, making new friends
and "fitting in". WOW! I used to think fitting in meant hanging out with
my friends and drinking all the time. Now that I am in graduate school, I
realize that one doesn't have to drink to have fun. Alcohol is a drug. You
don't have to drink or do drugs to be 'cool'. Be high on life, not drugs.
And remember it is O.K. to say NO. Don't let someone tell you that you have
to drink or it's O.K. to just have one beer. If you don't want it don't take
it. If someone is your friend they'll understand."
||- By Valerie Smith
Since December 1999 - last modified: February 22, 2012