Aug. 27, 2015:  

9/1/15 Update:  The Jules Center (Bldg. 6) elevator will be out of service until Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Please contact Tanya Hoistion, 315-786-2335, with requests for accommodations. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this problem as quickly as possible.

Major Skills for Entering College

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Classroom Preparation

  • Self-advocacy skills
  • Note taking skills
  • Adequate study habits/ test taking skills
  • Being prepared for class
  • Importance of homework
    • writing name/date correctly on paper
    • organizing work (use of folders, etc.)
    • neatness of work
    • turning work in on time
  • Classroom etiquette
    • stay in seat
    • raise hand/ don’t interrupt
    • stay in the room
  • Importance of being on time for class

Necessary Social Skills

  • How to interact appropriately with teachers/mentors/other students
  • How to introduce yourself to someone
  • How to let someone know you like them (dating etiquette)
  • How to interact with people in social situations
  • Dealing effectively with peer pressure (drinking, drugs, and sexuality)
  • How to deal appropriately with rejection
  • Ability to use the telephone effectively
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills

Living Independently for the First Time

  • Structure of environment (or lack of structure ) – more choices, more freedoms
  • Transportation to and from campus, job, internships
  • Ability to use leisure time effectively
  • How to locate the help and assistance needed
  • Adequate knowledge of medical needs in regard to medication and health problems and being able to articulate these needs to others
    • Basic independent living skills – money management, survival cooking, laundry, shopping