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Local principals offer students entering college helpful advice

March 8, 2011
By ANTHONY GAYNOR Staff Writer

Beginning the first semester in college can be an intimidating process for students, but the transition can be made easier. Several area high school principals said there are ways to ease the stress of coping with change.

"Remember every freshman is in the same situation," Harman School Principal Tammie Daniels said. "They are all a little nervous."

She said students should not be intimidated and be willing to meet new people.

"Take chances, but remember to manage your time," she said. "Work on your time management."

She said some lecture classes at bigger universities can have more people than their entire hight school, but students should strive to meet people and connect with their professors. "Try to find someone already at the school who will have already had the same experience and learn from them," Daniels said. "You may already know someone or can be introduced to someone. Meet people."

Tygarts Valley High School Principal Steve Wamsley said he learned during a seminar that one of the most successful things for potential college students is to have a job during high school and in college.

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Sage advice

"Make sure you go to class and reach out to your professors for help and advice."

- Steve Wamsley

principal, Tygarts Valley High School

"Make friends and join clubs that are related to your field of interest."

- Diane Betler

principal, Pickens School

"Try to find someone already at the school who will have already had the same experience and learn from them."

- Tammie Daniels

principal, Harman School

"One of the most common factors in being successful is that the student have a job in high school and in college," Wamsley said. "It helps prepare their work ethic."

Wamsley also said it is important for the students to get to know their instructors.

"I would find a member if the faculty and an older student that can be a mentor," Wamsley said. "Someone that can help you along the way."

Wamsley said he attended Davis & Elkins College following his graduation from TVHS and he thought it was a big place.

"I tapped into coaches and other athletes for advice," he said.

He said the other big thing to remember is for students to attend class.

"Make sure you go to class and reach out to your professors for help and advice," he said. "Don't be shy."

Pickens School Principal Diane Betler said that during their senior year of high school students should make sure they have all the proper paperwork and scholarship martial filled with their college of choice.

"Check with your counselor to make sure your senior project is being completed on time," she said.

While in college, she said students should attend class and not be afraid to talk with their professors.

"Ask questions," Betler said. "Join study groups. Students need to know they are not alone. Make friends and join clubs that are related to your field of interest."

 
 

 

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