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Friday, October 28, 2016

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The month of October is significant for many reasons for our students.  For most of our first-year students, the shiny newness of being in college has worn off, and their biggest questions are finding answers.  Do I fit in at JBU?  Can I handle college academically?  Will I make friends?  Do I like being a student at JBU?  Whether spoken or unspoken, each student has been asking these questions and gathering answers for the last two months.  At this point in the semester (and depending on how their questions are being answered), they likely already have a good idea of whether they want to be at JBU for future semesters. 

This is also the time of the semester when first-year students hit a wall.  They are 10 weeks in and have 6 left to go.  They've worked hard in each of their classes, and the short fall break likely wasn't enough to help them actually feel rested.  They are tired.  They may even be allowing their minds to think ahead to how great Thanksgiving dinner is going to taste or how nice it's going to be to have a month off for Christmas.  It's certainly a time of the year when support from home can be very helpful. 

Here are some examples of questions that might be supportive and appropriate at this point in the academic year.

  1. How would you describe your time at JBU so far? Has it been different than what you expected?
  2. What is some of the feedback you are receiving from your professors about the work you are turning in?
  3. Have you taken advantage of the opportunity to meet any of the faculty and staff?
  4. What changes need to be made in your study habits to meet your academic goals?
  5. Are there resources on campus that you need to seek out that could potentially help you?




Blog HomePosted By: Austin Robertson - 10/28/16 7:00 AM



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