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Why are you here, at this institution, in this class? As educators and students we are quick to think about the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of the college experience. What is general education? How can I get these requirements completed? What do I do with myself in this new environment? While all important, the answers to these questions come with time and relative ease given the abundance of student resources and services.
Why are you here, how do you see the world, and what do you want to do in your life? These questions lack straightforward answers, but they are crucial for instructors to ask and students to address individually and uniquely. Finding personal meaning in one’s education requires introspection and self-awareness that comes through grappling with core assumptions and values, and rummaging through implicit expectations to identify genuine interests and concomitant goals.
This text facilitates this learning process by posing these fundamental questions and providing frameworks for thinking about how they might impact a student’s approach to their learning and life. It has less to do with the content of the articles and more to do with guiding students as they ponder a range of ‘whys’ and grapple with the juxtaposition of new perspectives with their current viewpoints. It encourages students to examine themselves, their worldview, their resiliency, their purpose, and their calling. It invites them to entertain thoughts that may seem dissonant or ambiguous in order to encourage a deeper level of learning.
CHAPTER 1 Transition
■ Congratulations, You’re in College! Now What?
■ Advice from a Formerly Lonely College Student
■ Claiming an Education
■ Confronting Change: The Joy of Change
■ The W-Curve and the First Year of College
William J. Zeller and Robert Mosier
■ Studying 101: Study Smarter, Not Harder
The Learning Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
■ UNCW Advising Guide: Advising 101
CHAPTER 2 Communication and Critical Thinking
■ What is Critical Thinking?
Stephen D. Brookfield
■ Elon Musks’ “3-Step” First Principles Thinking: How to Think and Solve Difficult Problems Like a Genius
■ Conversation Is a Survival Skill
■ Fake News or Real? How to Self-Check the News and Get the Facts
CHAPTER 3 Success and Goals
■ Inside the Mindsets
■ Give Yourself a Break: The Power of Self-Compassion
■ Self-Efficacy and Why Believing in Yourself Matters
■ Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do with Self-Control)
■ UNCW Advising Guide: Involvement Opportunities
CHAPTER 4 Self-Care and Mental Health
■ The Real Campus Scourge
■ Velcro for the Bad
■ When College Students Look After Themselves: Self-Care Practices and Well-Being
Jemma Moses, Graham L. Bradley, and Frances V. O’Callaghan
■ Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?
■ Relax! You’ll Be More Productive
CHAPTER 5 Values and Identity Development
■ 10 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself
■ Missing People and Others: Joining Together to Expand the Circle
■ We’re All a Little Biased, Even If We Don’t Know It
■ Microaggressions Don’t Just ‘Hurt Your Feelings’
Alia E. Dastagir
■ White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
■ UNCW Advising Guide: Educational Planning
CHAPTER 6 Major and Career Exploration
■ A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings and You Find a Job
■ Four Steps to Choosing a College Major
■ How a College Major Might Be Minor
■ It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success
Hart Research Associates
■ The Skill Seeker 2.0
Used with the permission of the National Association of
Colleges and Employers, copyright holder
■ UNCW Advising Guide: Major and Minor Planning
■ Speaking the Language of the Dub
■ Student Academic Honor Code Policy