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From Me to You: Faculty's Advice to BC's Students

Faculty and staff at BC offer advice to students.

March 29, 2011

From getting enough sleep to conversing with professors and everything in between, the faculty at Bluefield College have a variety of advice to offer students.

 

“Learn to manage time wisely.”
~Dr. Tracey Stout, associate professor of Christian Studies

 

 

“Students should know about persistence. Having a goal is extremely important. If students have a goal early in life they can visualize that goal in order to achieve it. You have to pursue that goal and have persistence. Students should also know about failure because they learn from it. They have to know the pain of failure to know what life is about.” 
~Dr. Gerardo Cummings, associate professor of Spanish & Director of Global Education

 

“Work with your strengths and take responsibility. Think about how difficult life would be if you didn’t have a college education. Getting organized and managing time is important. Also, talk with other students about how they study and work together to understand concepts.”
~Dr. Marsha Mead, assistant professor of Psychology

 

 “All knowledge is best understood within the framework of Biblical wisdom.”
~Dr. Wayne Massey, professor of English

 

“You get out of your education what you put into it.”
~Tanya Sollien, instructor of French

 

“Make sure faculty members know you by name. Set up office time, share your story, backgrounds and hopes with faculty members. Engage the material by going to class, doing the assignments and readings and ask questions. Make an effort to gain a command of subject matter. Accept who you are, don’t compare yourself to others. Accept your gifts, acknowledge your weaknesses, affirm your strengths and do your best.”
~Dr. Robert Shippey, Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

“Prepare now for finals.”
~Scott Bryan, professor of Exercise and Sport Science

 

“Talk to your professor in class and out of class. The best students ask teachers questions. Most teachers are dying for students to come and talk to them.”
~Dr. Rob Merritt, professor of English

 

“Prepare for class. You can’t expect to learn if you don’t read your textbook before going to class. Take ownership. Don’t blame others for what you haven’t done. Be sure to set goals.” 
~Crystal Kieloch, Director of Academic Support Services

 

“Our students are getting too little sleep and it has an effect on performance and attitudes. Most young adults need eight to nine hours of sleep.”
~Dr. Cynthia Bascom, professor of Communication

 

 “Learn how to get up in the morning and go to class on time.”
~Dr. Bryant Moxley, assistant professor of Music

 

“The pressure to choose a major can be a problem and it’s unnecessary. Don’t feel like you have to commit yourself to one area to get started. Sometimes you have to jump in and see where you are lead.”
~Dr. Kimberly Farmer, associate professor of Criminal Justice

 

 “Establish a relationship of trust and good faith with your professors. From the beginning, attend all classes and complete all assignments by deadline. If for any reason you must miss class, communicate with your professor as soon as possible to learn what you missed. Then, if you hit a snag—the flu, a personal crisis, bad weather that prevents your attendance—your professor will be much more likely to understand and work with you. Remember that those same professors you see each day in class are the ones you will have to ask for reference letters when you seek employment or apply for graduate or professional schools. They need to have a good reason to recommend you. And don’t forget to get enough sleep, avoid the junk food, get some fresh air, and—above all—do not lie, cheat or steal.”
~Mimi Merritt, assistant professor of Communications

 

“I used to worry a lot when I was a kid. It became more than a psychological issue in 4th grade when I developed stomach ulcers. That’s when I started stress management with my pediatrician. He involved my parents by suggesting various, non-prescription things to help me through this bizarre period of my life. One thing my mom did that stuck out is, she would write the same verse every day on my brown lunch bag in pretty colors. (A different color each day of the week with a funny picture, because, hey, I was a 4th grader!) ‘Be anxious for nothing! With prayer and supplication in your heart, make your request known to God’ Phil. 4:6-7. It was that simple. Pretty quickly I had this verse memorized and I began to understand what I needed to do to send this worry into exile. Worry and stress still strike, but I always have this verse and prayer to defend myself.” ~Maggie Lavoie, Traditional Admissions Counselor

 

“I would suggest that students spend each evening reviewing their notes from class.  For example, on day one review day one.  On day two review day two and one and so on.  Start this the first day of classes and continue all the way through the semester.  It seems like a huge task but you will be amazed at how much you will retain.  You will also notice a better grade.”  ~David Taylor, Vice President for Student Development

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