1. Competing Demands 2. Financial Issues 3. Cultural Beliefs, Values, & Attitudes about Education 4. Transitions to College
5. Failing or Repeating a Course 6. Starting College in Developmental Courses 7. Personal Attitudes about College  

What is the “College Experience?"
By Dr. Kimberly Van Horne Ed.D.

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Going to college is a wonderful and exciting way to improve any person’s quality of life. There are many job opportunities available to college graduates, too. Unfortunately, college can also be stressful and many students face challenges while attending college. Either these challenges can block a student from reaching college goals, or a student can learn to overcome their challenges and achieve college goals.

So what is the “college experience” all about? The college experience represents many barriers or obstacles that students may face and must overcome in order to reach college goals. College barriers may include any personal, cultural, campus, academic, financial, or other challenges that have the possibility of holding students back from reaching their college goals. Successful students are able to overcome barriers by using tips and strategies they learned. When students overcome barriers, they are able to persist and reach college goals.

(See Diagram of “College Experiences).


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Common College Barriers

College students face many challenges while transitioning to or attending a college. Some Bakersfield College students shared examples of barriers they faced while attending BC. Some of the common barriers the students said were the most challenging while attending BC are listed below. There are links included on this page that describe each of the barriers, provide examples of each barrier, and offer tips and strategies students have used to help them overcome the barriers and achieve academic success at BC.

1. Competing Demands of Multiple Responsibilities

2. Financial Issues

3. Cultural Beliefs, Values, and Attitudes about Education

4. Transitions to College

5. Failing or Repeating a Course

6. Starting College in Developmental Courses

7. Personal Attitudes about College

 


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