I grew up in an academic environment . My father was a Science Teacher so that played a part in my enthusiasm about college and what I would be able to accomplish in a career with an education.
It is an advantage if you are a First Generation Student because you can get more positive feedback about attending college and raise your expectations of the college experience. ‘ First year students face several developmental challenges that may make them more vulnerable to failure. Traditional age college students are frequently addressing issues related to identity, autonomy and purpose as they enter higher education. Non-traditional first year students may be trying to reconstruct identity or find new purpose after years in the workforce or home. I can identify with the nontraditional students because I started my education after spending time in the workforce Keup & Stolzenberg(2004).
One of the things students are more conscious of now is connecting career and academic planning. Previously , I dont think there was a connection with that in past years with students . I think high unemployment rates showed students that having an education did not mean you would have a job. But they are now seeing the advantage of connecting their academic goals with their life and career.
In our. example Diversity video the student talked about attending a small high school and she wanted to attend a small college.It really resonated with me because I wanted to attend a small college where I could have interaction with students and faculty . The college I chose for my undergraduate studies actually allowed me to do that. I have talked with parents who have not met their son or daughters Teacher.There have been students who were ready to graduate .But they never interacted with their professors but an hour in the classroom. Larger student populations can affect student teacher and parent interaction. But Student Affairs should have a plan.For example” what are the expectations of the teacher and how does the college make sure those expectations are met? “(Venney, 2020).
The young woman in the video seem to be dealing with the problems of the first year student but I feel that if a student can compete academically and has that confidence some of the problems may not seem as important.
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