From High School to College

From high school to college, is it really different? Or is it really just the same? This article mainly focuses on finding your road map that will guide you through your classes and college life. It talks about the importance of not rushing into everything because you are excited. The article suggest that things might make more sense after you have had a feel for the people and the environment. The article also talks about taking FULL advantage of the free thing at your hands. It expresses the importance of how it will help you adapt to your new space and it offers support from the college. The author talks about maybe find a club that you can get involved or one you think you may like. Borgman says “In addition to socializing according to your interests, pretend to be interested in other people”. This kind of reminds me of the catch phrase “fake it until you make it”. I do not know how health that is to say when transitioning into college because you don’t want to pretend to be someone or do something that doesn’t make you happy.

Borgman, Stephen. “The Secrets of A Successful Transition to College.” Psychology Today. HealthPros, 25 May 2010. Web. 10 Nov. 2016. <https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/spectrum-solutions/201005/the-secrets-successful-transition-college>.

What to do and what not to do. Mostly what not to do.

On our visit to the archives I found a book tilted Freshman’s Don’t Book. This book is from 1935. It consists of 15 pages of tips and suggestions about the “right” and “wrong” things to do as a freshman at Rollins College. While reading this book, I found more “don’ts” than do’s. Two out of the many that really stuck out to me were “Don’t talk too much are too loudly when you arrive. The upperclassmen do not seem to appreciate it and the rest of the new arrivals may decide you are a Jonah” and the other one” Don’t forget you are expected to dress for dinner each evening and for Sunday dinner. A proper atmosphere is essential to pleasant, wholesome dining. Act as if you were accustomed to dining out”. When I first read the book, I thought it was a joke and then I did some more research and I found out that this helpful hand guide was a real thing back in 1935. I thought to myself, if I had to abide by these rules, I don’t know if I would have enjoyed college like I am enjoying it now. It was crazy to read what was expected of you and what not to do back then. Things have changed tremendously.

 

Davis, Milford J. Freshman’s Don’t Book Rollins College. Winter Park: Joint Auspices of ODK and LIBRA, 1935. Print.

Making the Leap to College

This article says something that really puts things into perspective for me. It says “getting into college was supposed to be the hard part”. I have never thought that until I read this article in full. This article talks about some pretty heavy topics. For example, it talks about how parents keep holding on and how they don’t let their child grow and discover their own independence. I think this is important to talk about because if a parent holds on to their child so much without giving them room to find their way, is that really helping them prepare for success? I understand that parents want to help and they want their kids to depend on them, but college is about growth, education and a time for teens to mature. Another thing that this article talks about is stress, depression and other mental issues that can become a road blocker for some or all students. This article encourages students to take advantage of counseling services as soon as they start to feel overwhelmed. To tie the article all together at the end there is a long list of helpful hints for any student but especially a first-year student.

 

 

Rubin, Courtney. “Make the Leap to College and Land Well.” US News. U.S.News & World Report, 14 Sept. 2012. Web. 10 Nov. 2016. <http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2012/09/14/make-the-leap-to-college-and-land-well>.

An Endless Issue

Walking into the archives section, I did not expect to find much related to alcohol abuse. I was wrong. Much to my surprise, there were a number of newspaper articles dedicated to the struggle of students facing legal trouble due to alcohol consumption. These articles dated back to the 60s and 70s and many were published in the Sandspur, Rollins’s own newspaper. This shows how applicable the issue of alcohol on college campuses has been to the community for decades. Back then it was an issue, and remains an issue today. One would think that if the college has been dealing with something like this for so long that it would have found a solution by now, but it is clearly not that easy. The author shows passion for the topic, claiming that the law allowing only those over 21 years of age to drink significantly limits the social capabilities and bonding between members of fraternities and sororities. The author also claims that without the ability to drink with one another, they will instead have to “twist their thumbs and wiggle their toes and chew on a piece of straw.” Personally this made it seem as though members of Greek life are almost dependent upon alcohol in many of their social gatherings. Both then and now, alcohol serves as a basic component of many parties. This emphasizes the significance that the college needs to find a way to deal with this and keep drinking behaviors of their students under control. It has been a long time since this article was published, though it clearly does not mean that a solution to this issue has been found.

http://www.thesandspur.org/

http://www.thesandspur.org/

Schmidt, S. “New Revolutionary Movement Challenges Enforced Drinking Laws.” Sandspur, 2 Dec. 1964.

Room for Improvement

For a normal individual who does not suffer with alcohol abuse, it is easy to avoid going overboard. They can stick to a few drinks in a social setting without feeling dependent on alcohol. The social norm of avoiding overconsumption is enough to keep these individuals under control, however, this is not the case for those with alcohol dependence. Most college educators make the assumption that educating students about what is considered a normal amount of alcohol is enough to keep them from going overboard. As the current article mentions, however, this method cannot be relied upon when it comes to students with alcoholism. The article suggests new methods that college campuses can take towards alcohol prevention education. For example, it suggests that college campuses include more screening methods to identify high-risk students and provide programs specific for them. The suggestions in this article are valuable for my final paper because they not only address issues with the current mode of alcohol prevention on college campuses, but they suggest new methods for improvement. If I decide to argue that current alcohol prevention programs are ineffective, it is imperative that I have alternative suggestions to improve these programs.

Jung, J. R. “Changing the Focus of College Alcohol Prevention Programs.” Journal of American College Health, vol. 52, 2003, pp. 92-95.

Education = Prevention?

The discussion as to whether or not alcohol education programs are effective remains controversial. While previous studies mentioned on the blog have discussed the significant number of college students that recover from such behaviors on their own, the number of these behaviors that could have been prevented in the first place has not been mentioned. According to the current study, first-year students who completed AlcoholEdu education program were less likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crisis than those who failed to complete the course. This may indicate that these programs are effective at preventing high-risk behavior among first-year college students. However, it may also be an indication that students who are not motivated enough to finish the program will not take the process seriously. This provides valuable information on the implications of educational programs. They may be effective, but I feel that colleges should provide some sort of incentive so that all students complete the program. Otherwise, only those who feel strongly enough about alcoholism will put in the effort to complete the program, though they are already more likely to be aware of their behaviors in the first place. Making education courses mandatory could be beneficial in decreasing the amount of alcohol abuse among first-year students.

Abrams, G. B., Kolligian, J., Mills, D. L., & DeJong, W. “Failure of College Students to Complete an Online Alcohol Education Course as a Predictor of High-Risk Drinking That Requires Medical Attention.” The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, vol. 37, 2011, pp. 515-519.

College Policy

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In a recent email sent out to all Rollins College students, faculty, and staff, the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act were included in a linked brochure. Udeth Lugo, the Director of Institutional Research, sent this email to acknowledge the updated requirements and to remind all members of the Rollins College community that it is important to uphold the expectations of this act. In this link, there are three main points that are addressed. These include educational efforts, counseling and rehabilitation services, and sanctions for illegal drug-related activities. This brochure provides valuable information for my paper because it addresses the specific Rollins College drug and alcohol policy. It is important that I understand this information in order to evaluate Rollins on the effectiveness of this policy and determine whether or not I want to argue for changes.

One of the key points that stood out to me is the statement that Rollins will provide an educational program with the goal of preventing drug and alcohol sales and abuse. This program will include information on the health and judicial consequences of such acts. However, I am not confident that this educational program will be much of a benefit in reaching the long-term goal of eliminating drug and alcohol abuse on campus.  In my opinion, most if not all students, faculty, and staff are well-aware of these consequences. It seems that pushing additional information at them will not help prevent a problem, but perhaps only bring about awareness and remind the community that this problem still exists on campus.

Alcohol/Drug Abuse Brochure for Rollins College Students, Faculty and Staff. Rollins College, 2016.

Anxiety of Transitioning to College Life

In this next article, the author discusses the importance of using the resources that the college and university provides to the students all year around. The things that the author mentions in this article are very helpful to all students especially freshmen. I believe that freshmen are there target audience because it talks about all the stressful things a freshman may encounter. For example, living in a dorm, living with a roommate, signing up for clubs all while trying to maintain good grades and all the homework that comes along with it. All these things can see stressful and overwhelming to a freshman in a new environment. Most of these things might even create a great level of anxiety.  The article goes on to provide the readers with 8 outstanding helpful tips. My favorite tip from the whole article was the number 1 tip. Which is labeled self-care.

 

I felt like this article spoke to me in more ways than one. Everything that I read I could relate too! It also gave me a sense of relief. I have a strong feeling that this article will help me with paper three because it relates to many things that Rollins College has to offer.

 

 

Anxiety of Transitioning to College Life, ?. “Transitioning to College Life.” Anxiety of Transitioning to College Life. Your Life Your Voice/ Boystown, n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2016. <http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/tip-anxiety-of-transitioning-to-college-life.aspx>.

Final Process Post

The end of the semester is coming to an end. I believe we only have about a good 20 or so days left. In classed we have started to discuss our final paper, paper three. In doing so, we actually spent class in the library on Wednesday, down in the archives. When I first walked in, I thought that it was pointless down there and how in the world is it going to be beneficial to me or my paper. However, when I sat down and opened my mind, I got to see all the really cool things that the archive can offer. So much stuff that I didn’t know about. I actually plan on going back to look at a few other things and maybe use a source for my final paper. Looking back on where I started in this class and taking a look at my mission statement, I have to say that I have come a long way. I don’t think that I am where I would like to be and I am okay with that. Because, it means that I will always be striving to reach my goals and with doing so, I will keep practicing and I will continue to gain new knowledge. Writing About Rollins, with Dr. Littler has been a great learning experience.

-Kalese Justice

Managing the Transition

“Research has shown that optimism plays an important role in adaptation to new educational environments”. For the most part this sentence sums up the 20 page article. I classify this article as little different than the ones I have read in the past. Of course, it talks about how first year students who transition into college will come into contact with many levels of stress and things that will seem familiar to them but now, it is presented to them on a bigger scale. This article also talks about mental health and how first-year students struggles to find a balance between all their studies, adjusting to college and trying to find a social life. This article goes on to talk about test that they held at a college and the results. The test varied from levels of optimism mixed with different levels of stress and anxiety. I found the test to not only be informal and helpful but it also made me think to open my eyes and look for what people are not saying. They might be very positive. However, they might still be carrying a lot of stress or anxiety on their back. I think that this was a great article and I am happy to have another new perspective.

 

Mergler, Amanda, and Peter Bowman. “Article Managing the Transition: The Role of Optimism and …” ResearchGate. N.p., June 2013. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

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