Tips for College Success - Raise Your Hand with Brooks Doherty

Academic Dean at Rasmussen College, Brooks Doherty, shares tips for college success in the second episode of Raise Your Hand, a bi-weekly vlog focused on tips and tricks for college students.


Hello, and welcome to another installment of Rasmussen College's Raise Your Hand video blog. My name is Brooks Doherty. If you tuned into our last installment, you know that we spent some time talking about the importance of goal setting and the hard work that it is going to take you to get from here to there.

Today, we are going to be talking about tips for college success. In other words, you as a prospective or a current college student probably have a goal of getting a degree, then getting a job and becoming a better global citizen. But specifically, along the way, what steps are needed to get you, again, from here to there?

That is what we are going to be talking about. I have had the opportunity and the pleasure over the years of talking to countless new Rasmussen College students at dozens, maybe over a 100 new student orientations. The tips that I give them are the tips that I give you today.

Rule number one, go to class. I know it sounds silly. It's so simple, but go to class. If you have a traditional brick-and-mortar campus setting, that means show up whenever possible. The bigger point of confusion tends to be what does it mean to go to an online class? My advice there, log in every day if possible. Stay engaged. At the very least, you should be logging in five times a week.

Rule number two, again sounds silly. Do your work. All the assignments are there for a reason. If you let's say are an accounting major and you're taking a creative writing class, sometimes you might wonder why am I taking this class in the first place. I do not see the direct line between the goals that I have and the steps that are needed to be taken. How does this fit in?

The point is everything matters. There is no such thing as bad knowledge. Again, it is not just about getting a job. It is about becoming a better world citizen, a more dynamic employee, a better communicator, a better thinker. All these assignments are going to help. General education, in particular, is not additional. This is critical information that is going to help you become employable and more importantly, sometimes, promotable. So pay attention to those general education classes. Do your work.

Rule number three is do your work well. Don't do it at a 50% clip or a 75% clip. Give it your all. Sometimes it can seem that college can drag on, two years, four years, eight years. This is going to go on forever. But I implore all students, new and existing, to give it your all, all the time. Hard work does payoff, and hard work does show up on your transcripts, on your resume, in your interviews, in your GPA. Your teachers are going to know about it. Your future employer is going to know about it, and most importantly, you are going to know when you give it your all.

Then finally, my last tip, number four, hand your work in on time. If you are doing "A" work, it is frustrating both for students and for teachers to know that you are getting "D" credit for "A" work just because you handed something in four, five, six days late. If you are doing good work, get all the credit you deserve.

Again, those four tips: Go to class, do your work, do it well, and hand it in on time. Those are your tips for college success.

Thanks for tuning into another edition of the Rasmussen College Raise Your Hand video blog. I'm Brooks Doherty.