At the conclusion of each semester, I ask students what the positives and negatives were of the class. The likes and constructive criticisms are planning tools for future class syllabi. In ADV 110, a discussion occurred about how challenging should a freshman course be? One student advocated, the class was not hard enough and that freshman classes should be tough and set the bar for upper level courses. More writing assignments, text reading and specific blog comment deadlines be required. Interesting.
Students, life does not come with an instruction booklet. In business, you do not have time to read a text to stay on top of new trends and research. Real-life examples are better than any dead tree text. You are not in University to regurgitate texts. You are there to put theory into practice. In business, you are not given days to complete an assignment. Often assignments are given with step-by-step procedures. You must take the initiative to learn and gather resources. The effort you put into the work will prepare you for upper-level courses. No one will be there to hold your hand.
This may sound harsh. I know we all multi-task and must prioritize. University while working is the truest test of time management. Roll with the punches. I cannot remember who said "When life kicks you, let it kick you forward" but this should be your mantra. My greatest lesson learned in university is a text cannot prepare you for the real world. Open your mind.
Graduates, good luck!
Returning students, keep your chin up!