Clicking her heels three times might have cured Dorothy’s homesickness, but the best cure for highschool seniors is preparation. Today’s college environment presents a multitude of challenges. Traveling down the “Yellow Brick Road” of college readiness enables incoming freshmen to confidently navigate and thrive in their next environment.
COS experts bring high school seniors knowledge from Ivy League institutions, Big Ten schools, top liberal arts and specialty colleges, major state institutions, and highly selective universities. Participants develop a new knowledge base when unfamiliar pressures of Greek life, athletics, fake IDs, honor codes, roommate problems, and other college issues intensify and the comfort of familiar faces and places is absent.
- How the Clery Act, Title IX, FERPA, and other laws impact college students and their families.
- How Codes of Conduct work and what rights students have in the process.
- Best practices, myths and realities related to college life and what options and resources are available.
- The social norms of high-risk drinking, hook-up culture and drug use and alternatives to these environments.
- The differences between high school and college, and new concepts including office hours, what happens between classes, and in college classrooms.
- Expectations of college Professors’ expectations and proper communication tactics.
“I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your presence on our Senior Transition Day. Your story REALLY spoke out to me, and I commend you so much for being brave enough to share it with my class. You touched my heart in so many places. I will never forget the impact you had on me that day. Your story has made me feel a lot more confident in my power of speaking up and being more aware of the situations I may be placed in. I just can’t thank you enough.”
“When you were here, speaking to our seniors, you could hear a pin drop in the room. You tell your story in a way that is not accusatory or reproachful, demanding that those who hear it be extra vigilant about their own decision making. You encourage your audience to be active in social settings when you believe soothing that is not quite right may be taking place. Thank you!”