Student Caring - A Podcast for Professors
Join professors de Roulet and Pecoraro as they encourage professors to achieve success.

College and Finances

In this podcast, we offer some tips for college bound students and their parents about the financial aspects of going to college.

  • Firsts:  Day-To-Day and long-term financial decisions.
  • Financial aid, work, and time enough for school.
  • Credit cards.
Sound Bites:
One of the great permissions of college is to be poor.
 
Professor, I can't come to class because I have to work.
Working during college will intimately reduce your income down the road.
 
Financial Aid or a Loan?
 
For every hour spent in class, you need to plan to study two hours outside of class. 
 
Not enough time to sleep and eat.
 
First and foremost, how much time do I need for my classes?
 
Ask yourself, "Do I want to do this part-time job for the rest of my life?"
 
Why are you going to college?
 
You need to stay the course and delay gratification.
 
Somehow, the credit card companies know that you have just graduated from high school.

 

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THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED ON Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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In this podcast, we discuss the experiences of a high school student from the moment when they receive their acceptance letter to college and the transitional opportunities from high school to college.

  • In life, there are few chances for a new start. Don't be eager to conform.
  • Take advantage of this time to do a self-assessment of your life and formal education to date.
  • What do you want to change about yourself? Reflect about your friends and educational experiences as you prepare for college.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Please Understand Me

Strengths Finder 2.0

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THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED ON Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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How to Turn Difficult and Emotional Interactions with Students
Into Priceless Teaching Opportunities

Recently we had the opportunity to present a session at the annual TASS (Teaching Academic Survival Skills) conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This conference is a find for people interested in addressing the problems of at-risk students. It’s a fairly small gathering filled with professionals dedicated to the success of students who enter college on the margins—so you find yourself meeting and spending time with dedicated professionals who know of what they speak. It’s also reasonably priced and well run. We highly recommend it.

Sometimes students are at risk because they lack family experience in college, or resources, or good foundational high school experiences. At other times, life simply gets in the way of success. A student may experience an illness, or a family crisis, or a conflict with other students or an instructor. This week’s podcast continues a series on students in crisis; this one takes on a range of situations from the point of view of the professor in getting the best possible outcome out of difficult situations. It’s a recording of our conference presentation with our colleague Prof. Bonni Stachowiak.

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Caring for Graduate Students

This week in Student Caring, we continue with our visit to the University of California at Santa Barbara, but this time we talk about student caring on another level.

Graduate students are a forgotten and often misunderstood population on university campuses.  Parents and students may see them as teacher assistants for—or often teachers of—first year courses.  This is often the case, but what we often forget is that grad students are just a year or a few years away from being undergraduates, and yet, we expect them to be experts not only in teaching, but in balancing work and studies, and in managing the challenges of starting families or starting their lives over in a new environment, far from home, in which they often feel invisible.  We know that as graduate students we faced all of these challenges, and found ourselves in competitive programs where the notions of collegiality and mentoring were sought after by many and found by few. We both had great mentors, but we struggled with the other demands of graduate life, and we were part of an environment in which many students, for a host, of reasons, did not finish their studies and struggled with feeling isolated when they thought they would be celebrating meeting life-long goals.

So we invite undergraduates, graduate students, and their professors to join us this week as UC Santa Barbara helps us to get an inside look at graduate studies.

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Preventing Student Dying 

It is not supposed to be like this.

The focus, and often pride, of so many families is seeing their daughter or son off to college—a place of hopes, bright futures, and new beginnings.  Yet, estimates from the National Institute on Alcohol, Abusive, and Alcoholism (part of the governmental NIH) places the number of college students who die from alcohol-related causes at 1,825 annually. A practice growing more popular on college campuses called synergy—the mixing of drug and alcohol to produce new experiences—can cause catastrophic physiological effects as well.  According to a university website on health and wellness, when cocaine is combined with alcohol, “cocaine increases heart rate three to five times as much as when either drug is given alone. This can lead to heart attacks and heart failure.” People at the beginning of their adult lives should not be facing the end of their lives… (read more)

This week in Student Caring, we bring you a podcast interviewing one of our friends, and a friend to college students at risk, Dr. Don Lubach.  We spent a day on his campus, the University of California at Santa Barbara, attending an annual summit and speaking to Don and his colleagues about what caring campuses can do to help students who place themselves at risk.

First, a little background is helpful.  In case your notions of drugs and alcohol on campus revolve around either memories tempered by time movies such as Animal House, the CDC weighs in on the problem.  It states that the intermediate effects of something like binge drinking (consuming four or more drinks) have serious immediate and long-term side effects—and we’re not even bringing mixing drugs and alcohol into the picture.  According to CDC studies, immediate effects of binge drinking include unintended trauma (including traffic accidents), falls, drownings, burns, and unintentional firearm injuries.  Effects can also include abuse (including “intimate partner violence”), risky sexual behavior that can end in sexual assault, and alcohol poisoning—a medical emergency.  Alcohol abuse over the long term can work with other physiological and psychological problems to result in addiction, severe depression and anxiety, cardiovascular and neurological issues, and liver disease.

Even limiting the discussion to student success, the effects of even short term use of alcohol or drugs on education can be devastating as well.  Have you ever wondered about a student’s academic performance or changes to his or her behavior?  How can professors identify students in their classes who are at risk, and what should we as professors do?  What level of risks are our students experiencing?

Join us for an important podcast, “Preventing Student Dying.”

- Dr. Daniel de Roulet

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THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED ON Friday, March 1, 2013

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Responding To Our Students

In this blogpost / podcast we comment on our interviews of the two previous podcasts with Mr. Micah Stratton and Ms. Tasha Levin.

Here are the statements we comment on:

  • Micha:  "I want my class time to count."
  • Micha:  "You have to make us think for ourselves."
  • Micha:  "We are only taking the general education courses because we have to."
  • Micha:  "I think the most popular one (struggle) is time management."
  • Micha:  "I have seen the looks on their (Seniors) faces and they have no ideal what they are doing after they graduate."
  • Tasha:  "After taking a break 'in the real world,' I realized how important an education is and that you can't get anywhere without it."
  • Tasha:  "RATE MY PROFESSORS DOT COM, it's a tool that has never failed me, ever."
  • Tasha:  "I am seeing the teacher turning away students who are trying to get in."
  • Tasha:  "It is the atmosphere that you create as a teacher. That helps to set the pace for the entire semester."

LINKS REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE

Teaching Academic Survival and Success - Conference

aSleep App - Source of the beach and sea gull sounds.

Teaching and the Case Study Method - Discussion Based Teaching

Rate My Professors dot com.

Apple Movie Trailers.

This episode was recorded in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

[box] AN INVITATION TO THE STUDENT CARING COMMUNITY:

Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education, we invite your feedback on these important topics. Thank you.

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Understanding Our Students - Tasha

In this blogpost / podcast we interview our special guest, Ms. Tasha Levin who shares her thoughts about her experiences while in college and responds to our questions.

Here are some highlights from the podcast.

STUDENT CARING:  "What has college been like for you?"

"I felt really lost in a large university."

"I did not know where to go."

"My biggest challenge in California is getting into classes."

"I was number 32 on the petition list!"

STUDENT CARING: "We often now have waiting lists that are larger than the classes."

"Half these kids are going to flake out in two week anyways, LET ME IN!"

STUDENT CARING: "What are the difficulties that students face in College today?

"There is no guarantee at the end that you will get a job, it is very disheartening."

"Students don't take their education seriously."

"It took me a little while to stand up to my parents."

STUDENT CARING: "How do you balance being a student full time and working full time?"

"I learned to prioritize my education as number one."

"My employer allows my education to be my number one priority.

STUDENT CARING: "Can you identify what makes a class great?"

"I enjoy the classes the most when a teacher incorporates us into the discussion."

"I appreciate a break during a lecture."

"It gets our brains moving when we break into groups."

"When the teacher learns everybody's names you feel like a person."

STUDENT CARING: "When do things not go so well in a class?"

"It is exactly like the teacher on 'Wonder Years', boring, the teacher answers all the questions."

STUDENT CARING: "How do you decide which class / professor to take?"

"RATE MY PROFESSOR DOT COM. Almost every person uses this. It is a tool that has never failed me."

"Many times, a student just wants an easy class, they just want to get the grade."

STUDENT CARING: "Does RATE MY PROFESSOR DOT COM influence your course evaluations ?"

"I give my heartfelt evaluation at the end, how else are they going to know?"

STUDENT CARING: "What's your opinion of your fellow students?"

"In Boston, everybody was paying tens of thousands for each class, everybody was very serious."

"Here, (in California) students are more open, it is very diverse."

STUDENT CARING: "How do you think students feel about general education classes?"

"I think a lot of students feel resentful. You know your not going to use it for the rest of your life."

STUDENT CARING: "What advice do you have for administrators and professors?"

"You don't know what is in a students mind until you ask them. People who are older are so far separated, they are not equipped to make those decisions at all.

STUDENT CARING: "Since you will be a teacher one day, what do you think will be most important for you to bring into the classroom as a teacher?"

"I say, it is the atmosphere that you create as a teacher. The class feeds upon that. When they are excited about what they are teaching the students follow through."

"When a professor is really boring, I can't take it."

"A professor can change a class from day to night.  Come in with a smile!"

STUDENT CARING: "Thank you Tasha!"

This episode was recorded in Southern California on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

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Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education, we invite your feedback on these important questions and on the answers given by Ms. Tasah Levin. Thank you.

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Understanding Our Students

In this blogpost / podcast we interview our special guest, Mr. Micha Stratton who shares his thoughts about his experiences while in college and responds to our questions.

Here are some highlights from the podcast.

STUDENT CARING:  What is a successful classroom experience?

Mr. Micah Stratton:
"We want to get something out of a class."

"Don't read the syllabus to us."

"I want my class time to count."

"We don't want to be board."

"When there is no diversity - we check out - we want to contribute."

"We love professors who are relaxed, a familiar face."

"A good professor makes us give back to them."

"Be real, take time to digress, we need that mental break."

STUDENT CARING:  WHAT DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH?

Mr. Micah Stratton:
"Busy work in the classroom."

"I love being intellectually stimulated."

"You have to make us think for ourselves."

"We need help to learn what we should learn."

"We are only taking the general eds. because we have to."

"I feel like I am wasting my time, my time is precious."

STUDENT CARING:  What do you observe other students struggling with the most?

Mr. Micah Stratton:
"Time management is something that a lot of people don't figure out."

"I see other students staying up till 3 am because they didn't get all their assignment done."

"We are not thinking in long term chunks, we're just trying to get through the moment."

"Time management is a tough thing for us."

"Do you really want to do that or watch Iron Man?"

STUDENT CARING:  Do you see things that students struggle with in their personal lives?

Mr. Micah Stratton:
"Social life takes up a lot of time."

"People struggle to find something to do with the time that they have."

"Quality relationships and friendships take time, I really struggle with friends, having time for them."

"I choose health and I choose sleep. I am sacrificing."

Mr. Micah Stratton - On procrastination...

"I can find out that morning that I have a test and I usually don't get anything less than an A-.

"Planning ahead for me is just not something that I make time for because I don't have to.

"Half the time students realize they have homework when other students bring it up randomly.

"Procrastination is just something you have time for. Planning ahead is something you don't.

"There's people who procrastinate and it works, and then there's the kind of people who are just lazy and their grade reflects that, and then there's just the person who does the assignment, they don't procrastinate."

Mr. Micah Stratton - On my test taking system...

"I spend 15 seconds - max on a test question."

"CABDD - I memorize that, then fill in the Scantron."

"If you don't know the answer, just move on."

"You need to learn how to take tests well."

STUDENT CARING:  How well do you think your College experiences have prepared you for life after college?

Mr. Micah Stratton: "As an actor there are a lot of things that  are different.

"Do I need a college degree get work? No. But, I do need the classes.

"I  watch seniors graduate and they don't do anything, I see the looks on their faces when they realize they have no idea what they are doing after they graduate."

"It's scary. I'm nervous right now. I don't know what I am going to do."

"It's hard to not feel that I am wasting my time."

"I think that, as a student, we need to be groomed for the future."

"We need our professors and teachers to look outside the box for us."

"College is our time to grow, that is when we are supposed to grow. We get coddled, we get babied."

"I don't know if I'm going to be successful after I graduate, am I wasting my time here?  I'm only 20 once, I'm only in college, once."

STUDENT CARING:  What are your opinions about higher education in general and other opinions that you could honestly share about college.

Mr. Micah Stratton: 
"What's the point of math to a theatre major?"

"Why am I required to take the same class that I took in High School?"

"I feel that we need to find things that help us."

"We need our careers to be molded."

"Professors can put their hand into your life."

"Is it worth all of the time and the money I am spending?"

"Higher Education is important, but it needs to have a point. We want our time be used correctly."

STUDENT CARING:  Has anyone of your prof.s in a general ed class said - "This is how this class will help you?"

Mr. Micah Stratton:
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I can't remember a time."

"The good things are what keeps me in higher education

AN INVITATION TO THE STUDENT CARING COMMUNITY:

Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education, we invite your feedback on these important questions and on the answers given by Mr. Micah Stratton. Thank you.

You May:

Go to iTunes and write a review or simply, in iTunes, click on STAR to rate us. - we would really appreciate that!

Email us! Daniel: daniel@studentcaring.com  David: david@studentcaring.com

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A "L O N G" Day in the life of Prof. David Pecoraro. This episode picks up from where the previous one left off.

TIMELINE

11:00 am - Stage Lighting Design Class
12:07 pm - Office time - Lunch Break!
02:20 pm - Journey to my Introduction to the Arts Class
02:35 pm - Experiencing a group production number with student choreographer, Bretlyn Schmitt.
03:55 pm - Lighting Class - Lab / Light Call 05:00 pm - Break! Audio tour of my office
05:30 pm - Dinner with my son, Joseph at the university cafeteria
06:45 pm - Return to the theatre for a dress rehearsal for "Little Women"
09:3 0 pm - After the dress rehearsal, David walks back to his office and concludes his day.

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Podcast 30:

#1 A Day in the Life of a Professor

The Student Caring Project champions the higher education student by surrounding them with a community of support. This community will often consist of family, professors, administrators, and staff. One of our most popular blog posts has been “A Day in the Life of a College Student.”

Following up on that concept, Co-founder, David Pecoraro picked up his digital recorder on the morning of November 26, 2012 and recorded his day. We hope you will be entertained, amused, and quite possibly learn something about, at least, one day in the life of Prof. David C. Pecoraro!

TIMELINE
09:00 am – Departure from home with Joseph Pecoraro
09:20 am – Arrival at Vanguard University of Southern California
10:00 am – Theatre Department faculty meeting

In the next podcast you will hear the remainder of the day.

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