Why you should attend Alumni and Family Weekend

Today’s post comes from our fall intern, Abby Arnold, a human relations major with a writing minor.

College students are busy. Period. So why should they take time out of their busy schedule to attend Alumni and Family Weekend?  Christina Graham, director of student activities, and Lindsay Retchless, director of alumni relations, explain why.

The biggest reason why students and their families should participate in Alumni and Family Weekend is the same reason why Pitt-Bradford is a unique campus: We are a family here.  The weekend is a tradition on this campus and is intended for members of the university family and the Bradford community to celebrate their lifelong bond with the campus and with each other. This bond is what keeps alumni, students, and family coming back to Pitt-Bradford year after year.

At Pitt-Bradford, we’ve got your back. The University Showcases at Alumni and Family Weekend are geared toward students and their families. If you’re a freshman go to The College Adjustment showcase. This program will show you and your family what to expect next. Seniors should be sure to check out the Graduation in a Party Box showcase. If you’re thinking of attending grad school, if you’re not sure you’re going to graduate on time, or if you’re suffering from pre-graduation separation anxiety, this is the showcase for you. It will let you in on everything you need to know to prepare for Commencement.

If the showcases aren’t your style, attend the informal chat hosted by President Livingston Alexander. This will be a question-and-answer session designed for people to learn more about what is going on this year at Pitt-Bradford and what to expect in the future.

The Executive Speaker Series and Networking Luncheon is another great opportunity for students to get the most out of their Pitt-Bradford experience.  Not sure of your major? Looking for an internship? Need career advice? This is the program for you. Professionals come from a variety of fields, specifically looking for new talent. It’s an opportunity to network and to be noticed.

The Welcome Back Reception is a longstanding tradition at Pitt-Bradford. The celebration kicks off with drinks and hors d’oeuvres and wraps up with a firework display sponsored by the Student Activities Council. This is an opportunity for students and their families to connect with the faculty, staff, and alumni before the weekend ends.

Pitt-Bradford’s Alumni and Family Weekend is chalk full of fun, valuable, and entertaining experiences for students and families to share.

The No. 4 tip for college success

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been writing about tips on how you can succeed in college. Last week, we wrote about how to get the most out of your textbooks. Today’s topic: the course syllabus, which is kind of like a contract you will have with the professor of each course.

Mary Coller, director of our academic advising center, explains how you can use the syllabus so you can be successful. 

Pay particular attention to:

  • the contact information for your professor so you know when and how to reach him or her if you need to.
  • what you will need for the class, including the textbook
  • when and where the class will meet
  • the grading scale so you can keep track of your grades throughout the semester
  • the class policies, including the attendance policy
  • assignments and their due dates

The No. 3 tip for college success

OK, if you’ve been following along, you know what we’ve been doing – offering tips on how to succeed in college. We’ve already discussed the importance of going to class and taking good notes.

Today’s tip is how to get the most from your textbooks from Margo Myers, who is the program manager for TRiO Student Support Services.

It’s a matter of five steps.

  • Survey – Scan the book, the headings, the introduction and any extra sections in a chapter to see how the book is set up
  • Question – Prepare questions before class.
  • Read – OK, you know what this means. Remember to read captions with pictures, too.
  • Recite – You can do this either by yourself or with a study group.
  • Review – Take notes on the information and highlight important ideas without making your entire book yellow.

 Next: The course syllabus

This is the No. 2 tip for college success

For the next few weeks, we’re bringing you tips on how you can be successful, including going to class. Today, we’re talking about the importance of taking good notes. Think you don’t have to? Think you’ll remember what the professors tell you?  Think you already know how to take good notes?

Well, Steve Joyce, an intern at our Academic Advising Center offers some tips on how to take effective notes, just in case you may not be the great note taker you think you are.

  • Use a loose leaf notebook, which will help you organize your notes more effectively
  • Use a modified printing style, half cursive and half printing, which is faster and helps you keep up with the professor
  • Avoid taping the course because it’s hard and takes time to go back and listen to the recording 

 Next: Getting the most from your textbooks

This is the No. 1 tip to college success

On Monday, we gave you the top 10 secrets to college success. Wanna know what’s No. 1 on that list? Go to class.

Now, that might seem obvious to you, but many students come to college and then don’t go to class, or don’t go regularly. That’s a huge mistake.

Mary Coller, the director of our advising center, tells you why it’s necessary for you go show up for class.

You should go to class because

  • you’re essentially losing money if you don’t show up ‘cause you’ve paid for the class.
  • it shows your professor that you want to learn and do well.
  • you’re a grownup now, and grownups keep their commitments. Yours is going to class.
  • you will learn more by attending.
  • you’ll get to know your classmates, hear their good questions you may not have thought of, and meet potential study partners
  • the classroom is where the answers are.

Next: Taking good notes.

Top 10 secrets to college success

To celebrate the start of a new academic year, we’re going to discuss the secrets to college success for the next few weeks.

Our own Mary Coller,  who is the director of our advising center, gets us started by offering the 10 secrets to college success:

  1. Go to class
  2. Study every day
  3. Talk to your professors
  4. Manage time and priorities well
  5. Learn academic policies, procedures, dates and deadlines
  6. Be organized and plan ahead
  7. Check your email regularly
  8. Keep track of your grades
  9. Use campus resources
  10. Go to college to learn 

We’ll talk more about some of these in the upcoming days, so stay tuned.

Are you bringing any of these cool gadgets to campus?

Let’s face it. Gadgets are cool. And, since you’re heading to or going back to college, you’re probably going to want some of these.

USA Today College lists 10 gadgets for tech-savvy college students that include:  

iOpener 
This slick device is a bottle-opening case for your iPhone.

Gripzila
This simple-to-use device is a portable kickstand you can use for your phone, iTouches and more.

Livescribe Echo
This pen allows you to transfer the notes you took and audio from your class to your computer. Then, you can recharge your smartpen using a standard connection cable.

The Tampa Bay Times newspaper offers other groovy gadgets you might need on campus:

Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker
The name pretty much says it all so we don’t need to say more. Use it as an alarm block or put it under your mattress, and it will shake your bed.

CordaRoy’s Beanbag Bed
This is perfect if you’re having a guest over or just want to relax with friends.

WiFi Detector Shirt
This T-shirt lights up when you have the best WiFi signal strength.

The Fridge Locker Personal Food Security System
Ever saved something in the fridge that you were going to eat later but someone beat you to it? With this system that won’t ever happen again.

Did you bring any awesome gadgets to school with you this year? If so, let us know.