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Helping First-Year Students Help Themselves (Whelan, 2011)

This commentary, featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses strategies faculty can use to help first-year students adjust to college.

Whelan observes, “Many young adults weren’t taught the basic life skills and coping mechanisms for challenging times. While a rising economic tide may have allowed such students to succeed without strong personal-management strategies, college administrators and professors now must do more than describe the water in which many of our students are drowning. Life rafts of behavioral change, awareness of self-presentation, and social graces are necessary to get students from that stressed-out ‘what the #%$&?’ feeling to one of control—over both their day-to-day behavior and their future choices.”

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