The 10 Things You Should Do In College (6-10)

Last week we shared the first five things on a great to-do list from real-life zombie scholar Sarah Lauro, Ph.D., and this week we’ve got numbers 6-10 on that list. Dr. Lauro originally shared these 10 recommendations to recent high school graduates in The Huffington Post. With her blessing, we share not only her advice, but also a road map to help you find it on our Parkville campus!

If you haven’t read the first five tips on the list, you should check them out here. (We’ll wait.)

6. Meet with your academic adviser
Undergraduate CatalogLet’s be honest – even though we try our best to be clear with our programs and degree requirements, parsing the nearly 400 pages of our undergraduate catalog can be tough. Lucky for you, there is an ally in your corner ready to help. Under the student tab in the MyPark portal, go to the Transcript (Unofficial) link; call our enrollment services office at 877-505-1059; or stop in at Norrington Hall. Your adviser will help keep you on track to successfully navigate the prerequisites and course progressions in order to graduate on time.

7. Go abroad
No matter whether you only have time to join one of Park’s Alternative Break programs or are able to spend an entire semester abroad, it’s worth it. Visit Park’s Global Education and Study Abroad office for more info!

8. Read the news
Real news, not just the random blogs you find online. As we mentioned last week, the ability to think critically is at the heart of Park University’s mission and embodied in our core values. Understanding the difference between actual journalism and pure opinion is an important skill, as is the ability to identify biases in coverage that you see. The Center for Global Peace Journalism is an excellent resource, one we’re happy to call our own.

9. Develop the art of conversation

Students, faculty and staff mingle at the weekly Coffee and Doughnuts, sponsored by Park StudentLife.

Students, faculty and staff mingle at the weekly Coffee and Doughnuts, sponsored by Park StudentLife.

Even though your generation is one of the most connected ever to electronic devices (a recent study suggests that 53% of 18-24 year olds NEVER unplug), there is something to be said for experiencing your personal interactions directly, without any filter. What better way to do that than over coffee and doughnuts? Every Wednesday, from 9-11 a.m., Pirate Grounds turns into a hub of conversation opportunities. Introduce yourself to someone new!

And Coffee and Doughnuts isn’t your only opportunity to meet someone new. Take a chance before or after your class, as you stroll across campus, or at one of the many campus events to break the ice!

10. Go to Office Hours
Even though Park prides itself on offering smaller classes and more interaction with professors, we know it can be intimidating to ask questions. ALL of our faculty offer you the opportunity to meet one-on-one, whether it’s by a posted schedule or through arranging an appointment. And although we’ve introduced it with a class connection here, office hours are also a great way to build relationships with your professors that will help you as you transition into the job market after graduation or as you continue your education.

You might even get to see a completely different side of your professor during office hours.

As you earn your degree from Park University and join the ranks of proud Pirate alumni, we hope you take full advantage of the real-life learning opportunities that we offer outside the classroom as well. Welcome to Park!

The 10 Things You Should Do In College (1-5)

As we get ready to welcome our students back for the start of the fall semester, we’d like to share a little bit of advice on how to get the most out of college. It comes by way of a to-do list from Sarah Lauro, Ph.D., in which she shared 10 recommendations to recent high school graduates. After its publication in The Huffington Post, we reached out to Dr. Lauro – who is a real-life zombie scholar, by the way – for her blessing as we share not only her advice, but also a road map to help you find it on our Parkville campus!

Without further ado, here’s the first five on her top 10 list, and we’ll be back next week with the rest!

1. Learn to use the library
1502609_416839065110926_324608368_oAlthough we stop short of delivering the books to you directly, Park makes it easy to learn how to make the most of the library. You can find help online (Ask A Librarian live chat, video tutorials and research guides) but the in-person experience is also top notch. We’ve got more than a quarter million volumes in our collections, along with the Fishburn Archives and the Campanella Art Gallery. And if you’re just looking for a place to study solo or meet with your group, we’ve got you covered.

2. Attend campus-sponsored events
The Park Student Activities Board and Park StudentLife put on hundreds of events throughout the year. From fun social events like the Foam Party to cultural sharing events like ISAS Culture Hour and the Coming to America series to our weekly Coffee and Doughnuts, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding an event to suit your fancy.

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3a. Learn political views that are different than your parents
Although we have grown quite a bit since our founding in 1875, Park University’s origins as a liberal arts college continue to shape our expectations today. We hope that your education at Park will challenge you to think critically – indeed, it’s at the heart of our mission statement – and help you grow.
3b. Protest something
This isn’t just about politics, although it’s definitely related. If you have an opinion – on anything, really – don’t be afraid to share it.

4. Develop an appreciation for coffee
We definitely have this one covered. Right here on campus, Pirate Grounds serves great coffee from The Roasterie, a Kansas City-area icon whose CEO, Danny O’Neill, has been a big supporter of Park University as a member of the Board of Trustees. And just down the hill is another coffee shop you might have seen in the newsParkville Coffee. If you’re looking for unique, freshly-roasted coffee, you won’t find it fresher than here.

5. Use campus resources to improve yourself
Obviously we’ve mentioned the library, but Park also has a number of other resources to assist in your personal and professional growth. Even if you’re not using financial aid to help with tuition, the Financial Literacy Center can help you start your adult life with a healthy plan for financial success. Our Career Development Center will show you how to find the right internships and professional opportunities while in school and help you make a smooth transition at graduation. Health and wellness is also important, and our (FREE!) Pirate Fitness centers across campus as well as the Meritas Health Clinic in Copley Quad have you covered!

Come back next week as we share the last five tips on the list, and welcome to Park!