Helping the Soon-To-Be-College Student in Your Life

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It’s one of the most traumatic, stress-filled moments of many parents’ lives. Your sons and daughters recently made you very proud in reaching the milestone of graduating high school. But now comes the next step – pursuing a health care education. They’re ready to go to college, and in many instances they’ll be leaving home for the first time. Whether they succeed or fail will be, now more than ever, completely up to them.

At Concorde, we have admissions directors, student affairs staff, financial aid personnel and other counselors available at all times to help new students navigate the transition into their health care education. That still doesn’t always mean it’s going to be easy.

“Discussing post-secondary education with a recent high school graduate can be challenging, because you never know exactly what they are thinking or may be concerned about,” said Nick Ferlisi, Director of Admissions at Concorde’s campus in Tampa, Fla. “At the end of the day, all students will benefit from knowing a few key pieces of information.”

Ferlisi said it’s important for each student to know that he or she is not alone in pursuing their health care education. There are other students in the same situations. The key, Ferlisi said, is to get into a good routine as quickly as possible so you can get all your assignments completed and submitted on time. Falling behind only adds to anxiety and increase the chances of failure. Find a schedule that works for you and stick with it.

Putting an honest effort into your health care education

It sounds so simple, but it’s true. If you put in an honest effort, you’re chances for success increase dramatically. Go to class every day. If you attend and put in an effort, your chances of passing are high. Especially in a health care education program, you can miss a lot by missing one day of class.

“We talk at orientation about setting daily time into your schedule for homework/study review,” said Nancy Jones, MA/BS, Senior Director of Student Affairs for all of Concorde’s 16 campuses. “If you can utilize the Learning Resource Center for an additional 30-60 minutes before leaving campus, that is helpful. But, we know some of our students work and have families and sometimes can’t get to homework until late in the evening or not at all.”

Jones encourages students to engage their families or significant others. Get them involved in your health care education process. That support is essential.

“At pinning ceremonies, we always hear every nursing graduate thank their spouse, loved one or children for making sacrifices,” Jones said.

Jones said she stresses to students that this stressful time is temporary and will pay off in the future.

“Most of all, have fun and enjoy being in a rewarding and fast-growing industry,” she said. “Remember the ‘why’ of choosing a health care profession – compassion, helping others, rewarding and challenging.”

Getting into a health care education mindset

Nicholas Hruby, Director of Admissions at Concorde’s campus in Aurora, Colo., stresses to students that they need to make a “mind shift” to include school and their health care education. Life issues are not going to simply go away. Now, school and homework get to be added into the mix.

“It’s all about shifting your mind to include school into your daily activity,” Hruby said. “Our programs are short in comparison to life, but the reward of getting through the program and starting a career is a future that will benefit you for a lifetime.”

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Andrea Nolan | Dental Assistant graduate

“Knowing I could be working as a Dental Assistant in eight months was crazy to me! I loved going to class and would drive an hour there every day. I’m truly happy that I took the step to go to Concorde. It was the best thing I have done for my family.”

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“What I liked about Concorde was that there was nothing flashy. They were very up front, very simple, answered all my questions. They were more concerned with my education than tuition.”