"It's a tough job to be a student. The endless
assignments and stockpiles of information. It
can make you into an academic couch potato.
Therefore, don't neglect a balanced lifestyle --
the active with the academic. Keep your physical
self in tune. There's substantial evidence which
shows that high academic performance is more
likely to occur when you're physically fit.
Obvious conclusion? Routinely take yourself out
for a jog, or a vigorous walk, or hit some
racketballs, or play basketball -- whatever you
can enjoy. Make it something that cranks your
internal machinery into high gear for at least
twenty minutes each time. Do this no less than
three times a week. Wow -- that can be an
investment of only an hour a week, and it's
basically free. In return, your body will thank
you and your brain will be refreshed."
- By Bob Gensemer
Seek Help When Needed
"Take this tip from a student who knows. Don't
let those studies get behind. If you're having a
difficult time in a course, falling behind, or
spending too much time having a good time, this
message is for you. Ask for help now, before
it's too late. When I started college, I wasn't
aware of the importance of an education. I was a
freshman who didn't know what I wanted. When I
fell behind, I skipped class rather than going
for help. This put me on academic probation. I
was lucky though, I found help through the
Academic Support Services. They helped me find a
direction, and I learned there are tutors
available to help with those troubled classes.
Class stopped being a burden and began to be
interesting. I realized I could do the work and
people here helped me to focus. If you feel like
things are generally over your head, get help.
There are people who care about you and want you
to succeed. Take advantage of the help that is
provided to you. Remember, you are here for a
reason. Don't party yourself out of school. You
can do it."
- By Tracy Hergenroeder
Withdrawing From a Course
"None of us likes to have to quit in the middle
of something we've started, but sometimes it's
the only alternative. Withdrawing from a course
is not something to be taken lightly, but
unforeseen things can happen that make it
necessary. If you find yourself in the position
of having to withdraw from a class, know the
rules. The last day to withdraw from a class
with a "W" grade is posted at the beginning of
every semester. After the official withdrawal
date, withdrawing from a class is possible for
extenuating circumstances, but it's a more
complicated procedure and it will only be
approved if the reasons are truly extenuating.
Keep in mind that poor classroom performance is
NOT an extenuating circumstance. It is also
important to be familiar with any financial aid
implications before withdrawing from a class."
- By Linda Lacny
"The college experience is certainly a unique
one that will have many implications for the
rest of your life. It is important to dive right
in. The experience will be more rewarding and
enjoyable if you step right up to the plate. Get
involved in campus life, not only in the
classroom, but in other areas as well. Life will
surely be easier if it is shared with the people
around you. Many students are timid when it
comes to talking with others, especially
teachers. Talking with and getting to know your
instructors is as important as showing up for
class. Teacher-student involvement is an
indication of a serious and committed student.
So study hard, get involved, and enjoy
- By Shawn Reagan
Top Ten Reasons: Why Are You Flunking Out?
"I'm bringing you, direct from the home office
in Sioux City, Saskatchewan Today's "Top Ten
List." The subject of this Academic Survival Top
Ten List is "why are you flunking out of
Edinboro University?" O.K., here we go, the top
ten reasons you're flunking out of Edinboro is:
#10 All the professors in this school are
# 9 The cafeteria food is secretly laced with a
chemical that makes me stupid.
# 8 A college degree is over rated. Sharon Stone
did not complete her Edinboro academic program
and look how famous she is.
# 7 A college degree is really unnecessary. John
Wayne Bobbitt doesn't have an Edinboro degree
and he seems to have put things back together
# 6 The scheduling computer predetermines my
failure. How could I possibly be expected to
attend classes that begin before noon?
# 5 My QPA is 0.20 right now. However next
semester I'm joining the fraternity. They have
all the tests and required academic materials on
file so I can expect a 4.00 next Fall.
# 4 I'm an important link in the local Edinboro
economy. Shoot, if I went to class and studied,
the "Hotel" would probably go bankrupt.
# 3 Human development necessitates a
prioritizing of one's life. Right now I'm
concentrating on my socialization skills.
# 2 It's not what you know but who you know. So
right now I'm dating 3 of my professors.
# 1 I'm not failing the system, the system is
O.K., so there are a lot of reasons for not
doing well academically. However, some day
you've got to accept that you, and you alone are
responsible for your life and its success or
failure. If you are not trying to be the best
student you can be right now, you're wasting
time, money and risking your chances of future
happiness. Quit whining! Get to class and keep
up on your assignments. That task should be #1
on your 'Top Ten List.' "
- By Doug Watts
College and Alcohol Reading
"Most people come to college expecting to have a
good time while they're here, and some think
that means drinking games or chugging contests.
Did you know that most students at Edinboro
don't drink heavily? Fewer than half drink even
once a week, and only one in five drinks three
nights a week or more. On the whole, at every
campus in the country -- including Edinboro --
the less students drink, the better their grades
are. Think about it. If you drink lightly -- or
not at all -- you're much less likely to miss
classes, do poorly on an exam, have trouble
concentrating, or have to spend time dealing
with the aftermath of a binge. So take a minute
to look at your lifestyle and make some healthy
decisions about alcohol and other drug use. If
you choose not to abuse, you not only have a lot
of company at Edinboro, but you're far more
likely to succeed academically."
- By Mary Anne Weiner
Stay Clean and Stay Cool
"College can be a transitional period for many
students. It's hard to know what to
expect--academic pressures, different
environment, making new friends and "fitting
in". WOW! I used to think fitting in meant
hanging out with my friends and drinking all the
time. Now that I am in graduate school, I
realize that one doesn't have to drink to have
fun. Alcohol is a drug. You don't have to drink
or do drugs to be 'cool'. Be high on life, not
drugs. And remember it is O.K. to say NO. Don't
let someone tell you that you have to drink or
it's O.K. to just have one beer. If you don't
want it don't take it. If someone is your friend
- By Valerie Smith