Succeeding at the Game of College

The Essential Tips for College Success


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Posted by succeedingatthegameofcollege on February 19, 2010 at 2:13 PM Comments comments (0)


Here are some presentation ideas for utilizing SUCCEEDING AT THE GAME OF COLLEGE with students in the classroom.


Chapter 1 - The Common and Uncommon Facts About College


Goal of chapter - to help students understand some key issues regarding attending college (each bulleted point represents a talking point with students - giving your own feedback and sharing your college stories as the instructor on each point) Towards the end of the chapter you'll find a discussion point that states - YOU MUST FIGURE OUT WHY YOU'VE DECIDED TO ATTEND COLLEGE BEFORE YOU START ..... This is a crucial discussion point with students... if you can get them to begin analyzing why college might be helpful to their goals ... you've got them heading in the right direction.


NOTE: All throughout the book you'll find bold poems or statements which are also good for  class room discussion.


Chapter 2 - What is the Game of College?


Goal of chapter - to emphasize to students the crucial aspects of higher education (going to class - always important, taking notes - a good place to insert your own note taking seminar here, taking exams - a good place to insert your own test taking seminar here, writing papers - a good place to insert your own writing seminar here --- time permitting) ..... and so on. I use this book as an outline to infuse ideas and additional seminars on academic success.


Chapter 3 - Some Key Points for Student Success In College


Goal of chapter - additional points on college success for students. Once again, each point represents a talking point with your audience allowing you to share your thoughts and stories on the importance of a college education.


Chapter 4 - A Brief Learning Moment


Goal of chapter - a brief time out in the learning process for students to process what they have learned so far (great suggestion, give each student a 3x5 card and ask them to answer the questions in the text) for students to analyze what they've learned that's really important to them AND WHY....


Chapter 5 - The Essential Tips


Goal of chapter - to review point by point the essential tips on college success on the specific topics of -


- Classroom Success Tips


- Health and Wellness Tips


- College Resource Tips (additional services available to students in college)


- Time Management Tips


- Career Development Tips


Each of these sections leave room for you the presenter to once again insert your own student seminars on Health and Wellness, Time Management or Career Development as part of your seminar. Again, all points in the book are directed as talking points with students, but also as ice breakers to venture into more specific skill building seminars.


Chapter 6 - A Brief Learning Moment

Goal of chapter - another brief time out in the learning process for students to assess what they've learned in Chapter 5 and process through the total experience.


I hope these notes are helpful to you. The book is basically a guide ... the presenter can share her/his feelings on each of these points as a college graduate, along with sharing their own stories as they relate to the points shared throughout the text. Enjoy!


Louis C. Vangieri, M.S.


Posted by succeedingatthegameofcollege on April 22, 2009 at 11:54 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that most individuals will spend approximately 43.5 years working? Do you want those years to be fulfilling and personally rewarding? 

Career planning is a real systematic process that shouldn't involve chance as much as it should involve a series of important choices and decisions.  Seeking out appropriate career counseling or career coaching can definitely help! Here are five extremely practical steps to finding a fulfilling career:


1. Learn about yourself (What do you like? What interests you? What skills do you possess? What do you excel at? What do you have a passion for in life? What's important to you? What do you value?).


2. Identify occupations that match your assessment of yourself.


3. Explore the occupations you are considering (volunteer, job shadow, have conversations with professionals in the field, check out data on the occupation through research).


4. Select an occupation (this involves a solid decision making process).


5. Ready yourself for the job search process (developing your resume writing skills, job interviewing skills and having a game plan for finding that job).


A wonderful web site can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (lots of great occupational research here):


Here are our favorite steps to effective career decision making:


  • Dream (the bigger the better)!
  • Talk with people about their careers and explore.
  • Take electives in college or take career development workshops at local community colleges.


  • Read related occupational materials (review professional journals and books).


  • Job shadow or volunteer!


  • Join a pre-professional organization.


  • Visit a career center or utilize a career coach!


Lastly, here are seven steps for putting your psychological house in order when preparing to change or find the right career for you:   


  • Develop an active and positive attitude towards the job search process!
  • Recognize it will take time. Sometimes quite a bit of time depending the economy and job market. Be patient and persistent!
  • Learn job hunting skills from a career counselor or career coach.
  • Remain confident in the face of rejection (turn downs do occur - it's part of the process!).
  • Don't isolate yourself if you should be rejected, keep a positive attitude!
  • Focus on a long term fulfilling career.

Best of luck in your career and your future!


How Do You Make Important Decisions?

Posted by succeedingatthegameofcollege on April 22, 2009 at 11:44 AM Comments comments (0)

What is a Decision?


A decision is a reasoned choice from among several options or possible directions of action. We make a number of important decisions over our life time – academic, career, relationship, major purchases (home, car, etc.), financial matters, and so on. Decisions are important opportunities to take complete control over our lives! Effective decision making genuinely enhances your critical thinking skills! These skills pay huge dividends as you go through your life!


A Step-by-Step Decision Making Process


A decision making process is a series of logical steps to help you evaluate your options to make a solid choice!  Most decision making models have sequential steps:


STEP ONE: Define the problem or issue you are addressing.


STEP TWO: List all possible options or opportunities before you (and maybe you don’t know about by brainstorming with others).


STEP THREE: Gather information as much specific information as you can on all of the options.


STEP FOUR: Look at the any consequences of each option.  Be real here!


STEP FIVE:  Select one of the options based on your research and evaluation.




STEP SEVEN: Periodically evaluate your selection and change your course if you have to by going back to number one and beginning again!





What is Coaching?

Posted by succeedingatthegameofcollege on April 14, 2009 at 11:57 AM Comments comments (0)

What is Coaching?


Coaching is a relatively new profession which has blended the best of psychology, business, philosophy, counseling, spirituality and finance.  Coaching is a very personal and productive human relationship which focuses on individual problem solving. This is followed up by helping the individual move in a positive direction by utilizing all of their best resources! Coaching has taken on immense popularity in business, industry, education and government in both individual and group formats.


The first use of the word “coach” appeared in the 1500’s.  It was used to describe a carriage. The definition is still very fitting today – to convey a person from where he/she is to where he/she wants to be. Coaches are sometimes called: mentors, guides, listeners, cheerleaders, confidants and role models.  In whatever form, professional life coaching is here to stay!


We love the following phrase as it relates to the coach – client relationship: “What they see is what they’ll be!”  A coach can be a powerful role model in another’s personal development and life successes. Here are some key thoughts on coaching and the role of coaches:


  • A coach can help an individual focus on a task they wish to work on without getting side tracked.  Some great coaching areas can include:
    • Solving a specific issue or problem
    • Improving on the quality of their life
    • Making a change in their life
    • Reinventing themselves for a higher quality of life
  • Coaching is usually short term and very focused as described above. A coach usually works on one issue at a time.
  • A coach can provide explicit feedback.
  • Coaching can help individuals develop their life skills. These skills can include:
    • Developing their self esteem
    • Developing their critical thinking and problem solving approaches to life
    • Developing their career development awareness
    • Developing their personal life planning abilities
    • Developing their creative thinking.
  • A coach usually drives the session. Coaches will provide homework and expect the individual to stay on task and work on the issue of real concern outside of the coaching session. This is an extremely important part of the coaching process.
  • A coach can show an individual where they may have gone wrong or where they may have exhibited faulty thinking in their homework and provides appropriate feedback and constructive ideas.
  • A coach stays “here and now” focused and does not usually venture deep into the past.
  • A coach can help an individual answer the following questions:
    • What’s going on right now in my life?
    • How would I like it to be?
    • What am I doing to get there?
    • What resources will I need to get there?
  • A coach can help an individual clarify their values by posing the following types of questions:
    • What brings you the greatest joy in life?
    • What do you value in life (family, spirituality, etc.)? Why do you value these things?
    • How do you honor your values in the choices you make every day?
    • Are you true to yourself and your values?