BOONE, NC – Student success manifests both inside and outside the classroom at Appalachian State University. Below, several students share their tips for excelling academically and getting the most out of their overall mountaineering experience.
These students all achieved good GPAs and most received scholarships during their academic careers. They hold leadership positions in clubs and organizations and participate in activities aimed at developing their professional skills and contributing to campus and local communities.
Building strong faculty connections is at the top of the list of student councils.
Aidan Keaveney, a junior with a double major in physics applied to physics and mathematics, said the main resource for him at App State was his relationships with professors.
“The professors are interested in working with the students,” he said. “If you are open with your instructors about what interests you, who you are and what you are capable of, you never know what types of opportunities will come your way.”
Students described how faculty mentored and guided them through career exploration, research projects, and internship opportunities – and also provided help with classroom work.
“Have a top mindset,” advised Jordan Dennison, a senior specializing in elementary education with a focus in diversity studies. “Never be afraid to ask questions. Raise up your hand and ask when something doesn’t make sense.
Whether it was a large desk calendar, planner, sticky notes, or an electronic diary, almost every successful student stressed the importance of setting aside time for classes, sessions. study, club meetings and other activities.
Malikia Cherubala, a junior specializing in community and regional planning, said she breaks down big missions into stages and marks deadlines on her calendar. “That way things don’t pile up,” she said.
Emily Broyles, a communications and journalism major with a Spanish miner, said she uses a detailed planner to plan blocks of time for each day, marking activities and tasks when completed.
Some students set aside time on their calendars – setting aside a few hours to hike, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, or read a book for fun.
“Don’t get too scattered,” warned Malcolm Vaughn, a sophomore major in music education and choral music education. “Prioritize things that will give you the most experience or pleasure. “
Join a club, volunteer and participate in professional organizations. Makayla Wilkins ’21, who is pursuing her MSc in Applied Data Analysis at App State, advises a balance between social time and study time. “Get involved in two clubs: one focused on your curriculum and the other on something fun and recreational,” she said.
“Getting involved in clubs and organizations related to my specialization helps me make the connection between what I’m learning in the classroom and real-life experiences,” said Hannah Ross, a management major with a concentration in human resources management.
Involvement in professional organizations helps Ross develop his leadership skills, refine his career goals and build relationships within his industry, she said.
Many students recommended volunteering on campus and in the community as a way to gather new perspectives, gain hands-on experience, and give back to those in need.
Almost all of the students cited their friend support system as important for emotional support, relief from burnout, acting as “study buddies” and making their lives more enjoyable overall.
Ross said that upon arriving at App State, she was a member of a Residential learning community and formed friendships within its classes and clubs. She said, “Studying is hard, but if you do it with your friends it becomes fun. “
Broyles said she is full of energy when studying with her peers – “even though everyone does their own thing.” She schedules study time with friends in App State’s Summit path solarium or the Sanford Shopping Center.
Broyles advised students not to be put off by setbacks. During her junior year, Broyles said she felt overwhelmed and ended up dropping out of a class. “For my personal well-being and overall success, it was best for me to lighten my schedule and come back to class during my senior year,” she explained.
All students recommend taking time to recharge, relax and take “mental health breaks.”
Cherubala said: “Taking care of myself is important – because it is what keeps me doing well.”
Keaveney focused on a good night’s sleep. “Sleep well,” he said. “Sleepless nights are not helpful. You will be worse off at what you do.
Cherubala said the Editorial Center has been very helpful to her. “Whether it’s a science report or an English literature article, they have people who can help in every category,” she said. Consultants at the center can help you through the writing process, from idea generation to finished product.
Students also emphasized the importance of knowing and using the tools and resources available to deal with stress, burnout and mental fatigue. “Mental health is extremely important to academic success,” said Alexis Loveland, a senior music performance student.
Students interviewed suggested setting long-term goals.
“When you have your end goal in mind – what you want to do after you graduate – it helps keep you motivated,” Ross said.
Vaughn acknowledged that some incoming students may not know what to do after graduation. “It’s okay,” he said. “You just need to set a deadline to be more confident about your career goals and use your time to explore options. “
“Take care of your work, your classes and your learning and your level of production,” said Isaac Wood, a senior interior design student. “We are here to learn, develop and surpass ourselves. Therefore, taking care of these concepts will go a long way in making you a better student, professional, and person. “
Goals can change along the way, said Wilkins, who started at App State in 2013. She was initially unsuccessful and has had to step down twice. She took classes at a community college and worked in different jobs to discover new interests and refine her goals.
After returning to App State, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management in the spring of 2021 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at App State.
As the first public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead meaningful lives as global citizens who understand and are committed to their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system. Appalachian is home to over 20,000 students, has a low student-faculty ratio, and offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.