They are home for the summer, now what? How can you engage with and encourage the college students in your community?
Today, we are sharing a guest post from a student who just finished her freshman year of college. In this post, she shares her candid thoughts and tips for engaging the college students you interact with this summer.
Are you tired of asking college students “How was your year?” Because I’m tired of answering it. Please don’t get me wrong, I love your intentions, and I’m glad you want to hear about my life. But quite frankly, it’s a question that will tell you absolutely nothing about where I’m at or how my year really was.
Let me help you out. Here are 10 things that you should ask a student, if you want any answer other than a polite “It was good!”
- What was your favorite class? Why
- If you could change your major, what would you change it to? Why?
- What are your thoughts on studying abroad?
- What kinds of opportunities are you looking forward to after you get your degree? (please, STOP asking me “What do you want to do with that?” when I tell you what I’m majoring in. This is a much more positive alternative.)
- What is special about your university?
- What’s one of your favorite memories from this year?
- What are you looking forward to this summer?
- What are some of your expectations for next year?
- What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on campus?
- What’s the best and worst food on campus/in town, and how did you find it?
ok. You are now armed and ready. Now go out there and encourage a young person.
About the Author: Ellen Warner, Ellen is originally from Flower Mound Texas, and will be entering her sophomore year at Oklahoma State University in the fall.