In this issue:
Broad sun-stoned beaches,
from the summer-sleeping house
Days I have held,
days that outgrow, like daughters,
Source: Collected Poems 1948-1984 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986)
The New York Times published a helpful article recently titled “6 Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time (and What to Do About It).” At a time when research from the National Center for Education Statistics underscores that fewer than half (44%) of undergraduate students graduate within four years of starting their college education and only 60% do so within six years, it offers important advice for our underclassmen working hard to stay on track toward graduation.
The academic, financial, and potential career benefits of completing a college degree on time are well-reported. Accordingly, the faculty and staff at Monroe work hard every day to help students stay focused on finishing their degree programs and earning their moment on the graduation stage. It’s why we launched our well-known “Commit to Complete” initiative and our innovative MAP: Monroe Advantage Plan, which allows students to participate in three full semesters a year.
Balancing classroom and home responsibilities can, of course, be a challenge sometimes. As the New York Times points out, students may be slowed down by any number of factors, including work schedules or taking too many classes outside their major. The article looks at six major roadblocks to degree completion and offers practical solutions for each one.
A key sticking point for many students seems to be time management:
“Many of our students did great in high school, but they come here and don’t realize that you can’t just study the night before for a test,” said Zulmaly Ramirez, an academic advocate for first-year students at the University of South Florida.
Read Six Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time for a full list of common roadblocks to on-time completion, and how to avoid them.
Remember that many students right here at Monroe have accomplished this very difficult, and very wonderful, thing. The students who came before you faced many of the same challenges that you might be facing today. Instead of giving up, they kept fighting for their future. You can do it too.
Check out the work of some of Monroe College's own talented faculty, staff, and alumni.
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