Your all–in–one guide to navigating college left and setting yourself up for success!
"Marcia Cantarella's advice is not only concrete and practical, it covers situations that may overwhelm and derail students as they attempt to navigate the path to graduation." Patty Machir, Executive Director, Futures and Options
"I am excited about the students who will have the honor and pleasure to read this book. It's like something picked right out of my brain. This is incredible!" Endri Horanalli, Hunter College Graduate
College is a time of both great opportunities and great challenges. Regardless of your background, obstacles and adversity are sure to come your way. The key is knowing how to respond, how to navigate the system, and not letting anything get in the way of you reaching your ultimate goal. Wherever you're at in your educational journey, this book has the answers to your most difficult questionsand will answer the most important questions you need to know (and didn't know you had!).
Whether you are the first in your family to attend college or come from a long line of graduates, are attending college right after high school or are going back to school later in life while balancing a career, I Can Finish College will take you through all central experiences, mysteries, and relationships that you'll encounter leading up to graduation and beyond.
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About the Author
Marcia Y. Cantarella, PhD, has held positions at Hunter College, Princeton University, New York University, and Metropolitan College of New York during her distinguished career as a dean and vice president of student affairs. Through her expertise in delivering student services and strategies, she has enhanced the academic experiences of and outcomes for generations of students. She is now president of Cantarella Consulting in New York City where she works with colleges and organizations on issues of higher education pipelines, access, diversity, and student access.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Do You Need This Book?
Assess Your Needs
2.Financing Your Education
Accessing Federal Funds
Being Financially Savvy for Life
3.Get Going: The Processes
If You Have a Problem
The Career and Majors Connection
Academic Enrichment Programs and Honors
Clubs and Organizations
Deans and Other Administrators
8.Time Management and Study Skills
Managing Your Time
9.When It Feels Like a Crisis
Health and Well-Being Crises
Other Kinds of Crises
College Is for Learning Life Skills
10.Preparing for Life after College
The Graduate/Professional School Plan
The Job Search Plan
Affording Your New Life
Met Your Requirements?
Activities and Traditions
12.Being an Alumnus
Your College Network
A Parting Note
What People are Saying About This
"I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide is a must read for every high school senior, current college student, and the parents/guardians of both. Marcia Cantarella's years of experience in higher education are evident as she offers invaluable insight into every step of the college journey from making the decision to attend college to becoming an alumnus post graduation." - NACAC