Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Keep No Silence About Your Academic Needs

I am entering my eight academic year working as a professional in a college setting. It is definitely a life-enriching opportunity for me. In my current position, I have become aware of one of the most common and puzzling attitudes students often display. It is the feeling of shame when it comes to seeking for help; particularly academic help.

When I worked for the former TRIO/ McNair Scholars Program at Marian University, I remember telling students: “don’t be silent about your needs.”  I shared that piece of advice with them because I remembered exactly what happened to me when I needed help and I did not do anything about it. More importantly, there were also times when I sought help regarding my academic needs. Those days, I will never regret them. 

Helping handEvery day to this day, I get to enjoy the results of not remaining silent about my academic needs. Here is an example. 

With English being my third language, I vividly remember how helpful it was for me to visit the Writing Center at Marian with many of my assignments. Yes, there is a lot of writing assignments in college. For instance, it never pleased me when my grades suffered because of improper grammar use in many of my Business classes. As a result, I had decided to invest some time in seeking for help with my writing. 

[I now hope what I am writing makes sense to you. I am still trying to improve my English. :) ]

In my role now as the director of the Upward Bound Math and Science Program, it has become clear to me that many students still feel embarrassed when it comes to getting academic help.

Since this past academic year, the UBMS program at Marian has offered tutoring services to program participants, with the ultimate objective of enabling them to improve their grades and their confidence in subjects that are challenging to them. The tutoring services are not meant to expose students and their weaknesses. It is rather a way to ensure that the academic needs of each of them are being met as they prepare for a college education.

Very often, in one-on-one conversations, I ask students to fast forward in time and think about the following two scenarios:   
  1. Looking back on your education (high school, college, and beyond) and remembering going to tutoring sessions. 
  2. Reviewing your transcripts, reminiscing about the missed opportunities to get help in improving grades.
I am certain that most, student would prefer scenario number one. Being brave can allow this scenario to become a reality for you. Think about all the possible great things that can happen in your life as a result of obtaining good grades.

Students, as you start another school year, I would like to challenge you in making some positive time investments in your own educational advancement. Ask for academic help. Go to tutoring. Sometimes, you may think that you don’t need it and you get surprised at the end of a grading period. Don’t let that happen to you. Be proactive. Be preventive. Be engaged. Join a tutoring session. Talk to someone who can help you improve your grades. If you are a participant in the UBMS program at Marian University, talk to one of us (Team UBMS).

Contrary to what you may believe, asking for help will not make you look foolish. It is certainly tough to struggle in a particular class. However, it is not a shameful decision to take the steps to improve your grades. Get some academic help. That’s where your pride should be. Trust me; there is a lot of pride and advantages in getting good grades. You will “love the way you look” with good grades.

Ultimately, there is absolutely no shame in learning.

Director of the UBMS program at Marian University 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Upward Bound Programs Have Roots in Fond du Lac Co.

In 1964, 17 institutions in various parts of the country received federal funding to operate pilot Upward Bound programs. Together, those institutions served a total of 2,061 participants during their first year of operation. 

Ripon College, located in Fond du Lac County, operated one of the original 17 UB programsThe program’s first summer session ran from June 28 through August 6, 1965. It served 32 youths, largely of Native American descent. 

The program at Ripon College had provided services to local students until 1976. 

Today, as the 50th anniversary of the Upward Bound Program is being celebrated across the nation, Marian University's Upward Bound Math and Science program is continuing this legacy of providing educational opportunities to local students. There are currently 566 Upward Bound projects serving about 42,000 students across the United States.
For more information about the origins of the Upward Bound Programs, click here.

By Garry Moise, 
UBMS Program Director at Marian University

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to Write a Résumé Workshop

All students are required to attend this session unless a copy of their current résumé is given to Chris for review.

 Friday, May 16th during Cardinal Time at Fond du Lac High School in the Tiered Lab
Friday, May 16th during lunch at Horace Mann High School in the Library/Media Center

We will have the presentation in the Library from 11:30a – 12:17p. What this means is that for those of you with lunch A, you’ll have 20 minutes to grab food before the presentation, those of you with lunch B, you’ll have 20 minutes after the presentation to grab food.

As the title implies, students will learn the basics of writing a résumé.
The UBMS Staff will answer the many questions of résumé writing like:
How do I structure a résumé?
Do I really have to write one?
What do I put on my résumé?
How does an employer read a  résumé? 
How do long does my  résumé need to be?
What contact information should I use?
How do templates work?
How do I get started on my résumé?
What is the best way to send a résumé?
Who should I ask to help me?
Most importantly, students will learn that résumé writing is really just a summary of experiences that help qualify them for a job.
Your attendance and response are required (RSVP at link below)
UBMS at Marian is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students. Please contact program staff to request accommodations.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Ask the Professionals" UBMS Career Panel

Upward Bound Math and Science students of Fondy High, Fondy Central, and Horace Mann!  
We have a great night planned with something of interest for everyone.
Your attendance is REQUIRED.

"Ask the Professionals"
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Marian's Stayer Dining Room

This evening's program will feature a diverse CAREER PANEL of area professionals in careers to include::

Healthcare Management
Information Technology
Athletic Training
Banking and Finance
Computer Forensics
Law Enforcement

These invited professionals will be asked to share their individual journey and discuss their career paths. They represent many occupations and have achieved great success in their fields.

Students should come prepared with questions to ask these professionals,
 and a notebook and pen to take notes of the valuable information they will offer. 

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend too!
Please RSVP here

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

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