Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Classes

Below is an article from USA today about Summer Classes. Taking summer classes is something for every CSS student and parent can consider.

3 benefits of summer college classes


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With the spring semester quickly drawing to a close, most college students are focused on studying for their final exams. After all, once finals week ends, there is nothing left to do but enjoy the summer.
However, certain college students choose to continue taking classes for all or part of the summer. In recent years, summer terms have become an increasingly popular academic option for students who are looking to remain productive even after the standard collegiate year concludes.
Summer courses usually cover the same amount of material discussed in a standard college semester, but in a shortened period of time. Most schools divide the summer into two sessions — one beginning at the end of May and ending in early July, and the other starting in early July and ending in mid-August. The typical summer class is approximately six weeks in length, but some schools offer shortened four-week sessions and/or extended eight- to ten-week sessions.
Besides going to class while most of your friends are headed to the beach, there are several other challenges associated with summer courses. With a typical semester’s class material squeezed into less than half the time, some students may have trouble keeping up. In addition, summer course offerings are more limited in selection than those offered during the standard fall and spring semesters.
Despite the challenges of taking summer college classes, there are also some advantages. If you find one or two summer courses you’d like to take, and think that you can handle their accelerated format, consider registering for the term. Here are three major benefits of doing so:

1. ABILITY TO CATCH UP OR MOVE AHEAD IN YOUR CURRICULUM

Before the summer term begins, review your school’s course offerings. Look for any classes that you still need to complete in order to fulfill your degree. If you’re currently behind in your program of study, taking summer courses is a great way to catch up. Most colleges predominantly offer high-demand classes during the summer – the same classes that you may have had to forego during the fall or spring semester because they were full.
Summer courses are a great idea even if you are on schedule to graduate. If you would like to work ahead or lighten your standard semester load, taking one or more summer college classes can help you do so. For instance, many prerequisite or general education courses are commonly offered during the summer term.

2. SMALLER CLASS SIZES

Summer courses are typically smaller in size than classes available during the traditional academic year. (This is due to lower summer enrollment numbers). Thus, one benefit of the summer term is its increased student-professor interaction.
With a smaller class size, your professor can give you more personal attention. This can be quite beneficial, especially if you initially find it difficult to adjust to the accelerated pace of a summer session course and require help. The more intimate learning environment may just help you excel, especially in more challenging classes.

3. FEWER DISTRACTIONS

During the summer term, you will likely be limited in the number of credits you can take. With a reduced course load, you will be able to focus more on the class or classes you’re enrolled in. This can be especially useful if you hope to ace a notoriously difficult course, like organic chemistry or calculus.
Erica Cirino is a contributing writer forVarsity Tutors, a technology platform for private academic tutoring and test prep designed to help students at all levels of education achieve academic excellence.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Tips For Parents: Campus Life vs Home Life




Tips for parents:

As the summer progresses, your student may express some loneliness for friends made at college or the campus as the “home” away from home.

Discuss the value of your student having developed a positive sense of campus life and plans for involvement next year

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

No More Empty Nest? 6 Tips for Parents When New Grads Move Back Home

Here are a few tips to help prepare parents for their students arrival, if they are moving back home.

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Is it possible that empty-nest syndrome will soon be a thing of the past? A generation ago, when parents packed up the car and dropped kids off at college, they were confident that a degree would secure their children a good future. Many converted children’s bedrooms into dens or offices or sold their homes altogether, knowing their children would be ready to live on their own after school.
But today that’s not the case. Given the rising cost of higher education, stagnant wages and a soft economy, students are increasingly relying on loans to finance their education. That means many are graduating with unmanageable debt loads, and leaving the nest is simply not an option.
Nearly 70% of our nation’s 2014 graduates have student loan debt, according to data from the Institute for College Access and Success. A big factor in the migration back to the nest is this mounting debt. According to a 2014 college graduate employment survey from consulting firm Accenture, nearly 40% of 2014 graduates planned to live at home after graduation, and 42% of 2012 and 2013 graduates were living at home.
In a perfect world, parents would start saving for college soon after the delivery of their bundle of joy, but with the demands of the present moment, new parents can’t always save for the future. A couple’s lifestyle and expenses incurred while raising a child often trump saving for college.
Of course, many parents want to help their children in any way that they can, at any age; but financially supporting grown children by dishing out loans or cash gifts can be risky. You don’t want to jeopardize your own retirement.
Here are a few tips to consider if your child is moving back home.

1. Pay off debt.

The first order of business for you and your child is to start paying off the student loans. If you co-signed for your child’s loan, you are on the hook if your child defaults. It’s not uncommon for college graduates and their parents (as co-signers) to have over $100,000 in debt. If neither of you can make the monthly payment, then get in touch with the lender to discuss your options. Remember, if your son or daughter has federal loans, it’s the government’s job to work with you.

2. Don’t touch your retirement plan.

Do not cash out your 401(k) plan to pay down your student’s debt. Because you love your child more than you love yourself, you may be tempted to use retirement funds to help reduce his or her debt load. Don’t. You may end up having to move in with your kid and his or her family when you’re older.

3. Charge your child rent.

If you’re financially strapped, you can apply the money to the cost of feeding another hungry mouth in your house; otherwise, apply it to the student loans.

4. Insist that your child get a job.

Even if his or her ideal job is not attainable right now, your child should start working. I’ve had clients continue to support their kids long after graduation, paying their rent, car payment, cellphone bills and more. Meanwhile, the new graduate was not working, but instead searching for the perfect job. While each party knew it wasn’t the right thing to do, they became caught in a vicious cycle with tangled-up emotions of guilt, shame and remorse. Trust me, this is not healthy for you or your child. Almost any kind of work is better than doing nothing; employers notice if an applicant has been idle for a period of time. And besides, how can your child pay you rent without a job?

5. Decide on a budget with your child and make sure it sticks.

That means your child may have to forgo some luxuries such as Netflix or the latest iPhone. Don’t lose the ability to afford your lifestyle to bankroll a lifestyle that your child couldn’t otherwise maintain.

6. Set a reasonable goal for when your child will move out.

This could possibly be when the loans are paid off. It will give you and your child the financial freedom you each desire. He or she may be able to buy a home, or at least live independently, and you can secure your retirement.
Being careful, or even strict, about how much support you provide your children isn’t just about teaching them how to manage their finances and be self-sufficient. At the end of the day, you don’t want to burden your children by relying on them to take care of you financially.
So before turning on the “vacancy” sign at your empty nest, ask yourself: Can I afford this? Will supporting my child undermine my own financial security? Ultimately, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others, and that includes kids returning to the nest.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Summer is great time for students to give attention to career details

     Classes are done and students are ready for a much needed change of pace over the summer months.  Many will go on to jobs, internships, and/or continue with summer classes, but summer is also a great time to sharpen career skills. Career Services’ staff are available over the summer to help!  We can set up one-on-one meetings, or collaborate by phone or email. 

     For first and second year students, summer is a great time to explore careers and career paths.  If they are unsure of their major or career path, we have assessments that that can complete which will help give them direction.  It is also a great time to job shadow, conduct informational interviews, and research careers online.  There are many resources available at css.edu/career. Just contact us a 218-723-6085 or email careers@css.edu to set up a one-on-one appointment.

     For Juniors and Seniors, summer is a great time to update resumes, LinkedIn profiles and polish interviewing skills.  Career Services’ staff can review resumes in-person or by email at careers@css.edu.  It is also a good time to practice interview skills.  InterviewStream is an online interactive tool to practice and review responses to possible interview questions.  Career Services’ staff can also conduct mock interviews in the office.

     We hope your student has a great summer and we look forward to working with them in Career Services! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Studying for Finals

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Follow this list as finals week approaches (the earlier you prep, the better) so you can ace your exams from start to finish:
  1. Create your own study guide.
  2. Ask questions.
  3. Attend the review session.
  4. Start early.
  5. Organize a group study session.
  6. Study things not on the study guide.
  7. Take breaks.
  8. Stay well-rested.
The College has many events and resources to help.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reminder about moving off campus

Soon it will be time to complete the check out process for moving off campus for Residential Life.
Go to the Residential Life Webpage for more information.

Now would be a good time to review the article below with your student in order to determine if they are ready to move off campus in the Fall.

7 things you should consider before moving off campus


apartment-300Living off campus may seem frightening, but for many it is a wonderful experience. Off-campus housing provides the opportunity for students to get a taste for living on their own while earning more responsibility than the dorms offer.
So if you’re looking to venture into the world of off-campus housing, here are a few things you should consider.

1. LOCATION

When it comes to choosing a location, you should keep in mind what you pros you want out of it — like proximity to classes, whether or not you’ll need transportation and night life — and what cons are absolute deal-breakers.
Nikki McCoy — a senior college student who lives in a townhouse — says some of the downsides are “that the house being in a popular location is more expensive than some other locations. It is also on a busy road that gets a lot of traffic so it is louder and perhaps a bit more unsafe.”
Also, be mindful of who your future neighbors will be. While many of the people living around you will most likely be fellow students, some could also be families who live there year-round. “We have a neighbor who lives behind us who complains if we’re too noisy” says senior Matt Sciolaro. It is not always something that is avoidable, so bear that in mind.

2. RENT AND UTILITIES

One of the many new responsibilities that comes with living off campus is paying for rent and utlities. Whether you’re paying for it yourself or if your parents are, it is important for everyone involved to be communicating. Start an email thread that includes everyone who will be writing a check each month so everyone knows when to make sure money is in the account.
“We all split rent evenly” says Catie Wolff, who lives in a townhouse with six roommates. Wolff suggests creating a joint account with your roommates to make the often bumpy process a go a little more smoothly. “Having a house account helps us avoid confusing personal funds and ensures all bills are paid on time.”
As for utilities, most of their costs depend on how much you are using them. Some students prefer to each pay for one utility whereas others find it easier to have one pay for all utilities and have the rest of the roommates pay them back. Different strategies work for different people, just make sure to find one that works as quickly as possible.

3. WHEN TO APPLY

The golden rule to applying for off-campus housing? The earlier, the better. “I started looking the September of the year before I was going to be living in the house” says senior Pat Gianforte. “I signed my lease in October after looking at other houses.”
Looking for a place to live so far in advance may make you a little anxious or nervous, so pay attention to those feelings. You will know when you are ready to move off campus and if it doesn’t feel right, there’s no harm in waiting another year to take the plunge.

4. WHAT TYPE IS BEST FOR YOU

Throughout your search you should look at several different options such as apartments, townhouses, and houses. Apartments are more conducive for about 3 or 4 people whereas houses can hold nearly double that amount.
As with every other aspect of choosing a place to live, take into consideration the amount of responsibility that will come with it. College junior Chris Mule agrees that houses require more attention than an apartment would, but he says the good outweighs the bad. “I went with a house because it was less restrictive in general. Might involve a little more upkeep, but there’s also a lot more fun to be had, in my opinion” he says.

5. ROOMMATES

Living on your own is a bit of an undertaking and you will want to take on the task with people who are trustworthy and reliable. Senior Jackie Kanzler suggests finding roommates who have “similar interests and schedules, or else you will have a rough year ahead.”
Choose your roommates around your needs first and foremost, its okay if they aren’t your best friends. Living with roommates is all about finding a balance, so your friends aren’t always going to be the most compatible.

6. WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO MOVE?

When the time comes to move in, many students suggest giving yourself enough time to take some of the stress out of the situation.
“A good tip is to move in a few days before the school year starts so you can get situated and comfortable with where you are living” says junior Zach Lebowitz. “Moving in and immediately having to accommodate yourself before school starts can be frustrating sometimes, so always make sure you have some time between move in day and the first day of classes”

7. LEASES & LANDLORDS

Leases can be tough, especially if you don’t understand what it says. Have a parent or even a lawyer look over your lease so you know exactly what your landlord wants and what you’re agreeing to. Communication is key, so ask as many questions as you need before signing.
Also, stick to the rules! Leases don’t bend and landlords don’t like having their words thrown back in their faces. “Just know what you’re getting into before you sign on the dotted line!” says Chris Mule. The sooner you put everything on the table with your landlord, the less room there is for any surprises later down the road.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Senior graduating?

Do you have a senior who is graduating this year?

The senior year is when organizing and conducting a job search or graduate school search begins in earnest.  It is also a time when students are heavily involved in more advanced courses and often have more responsible roles in campus and/or volunteer activities.  Balancing these important pursuits and setting priorities is a constant challenge for seniors.

You are probably anxious for this young adult to make a decision – and yet, he or she may be moving toward closure more slowly than you would wish.

What you can do to help -

·         Suggest that he or she use the services available through Career Services throughout their senior year.  They can provide assistance in preparation for the job search.  Services they offer include:
o   Help with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and other job search skills
o   Individual career advising
o   Job-search resources
·         Don’t nag your child about not having a job yet.  This will often have the reverse effect.  Use positive reinforcement.
·         Don’t call potential employers to intervene for your child.  Contact with potential employers is the candidate’s responsibility.
·         Be prepared to support your child through the ups and downs of the job and graduate school search.  It can be a bumpy road.  Your student will need reassurance that for every door that closes, another opens.


*Adapted for The College of St. Scholastica courtesy of the national Association of Colleges and Employers.