Student Success

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Part 1

Remember to include the following information at the top of each paper on parts 1-8

Your First and Last Name

GID Number


Today’s Date

First Impressions

For this assignment, pretend you are writing a journal or diary entry. Write about your first week at Grantham – things that surprised you, and things that made you feel a bit overwhelmed.Since this is a diary/journal, be sure to explore your feelings along with describing the events that occurred.

Here are some prompts to start your thinking. Address at least five of these prompts in your response:

1.What motivated you to attend college

2.What factors influenced your decision to come to Grantham University

3.What are some of the things about college that you are looking forward to

4.What are some of the motivators that will keep you going if/when you encounter challenges

5.Your developing relationship with your Student Advisor

6.Your first impression of your instructors

7.Your first impression of your fellow students

8.How you expect your life to change while you are a college student

9.How you expect your life to change once you graduate from college

Your diary/journal entry should be about 500 words (double spaced typing, using a 12 point Times New Roman).Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment.

Part 2

Grit and Growth

This week, you viewed two video lectures (the “source material”). The first video was Dr. Angela Duckworth explaining her concept of “grit” and the second video was Dr. Carol Dweck explaining her concept of “growth mindset”.

Your assignment is to:

Summarize the Duckworth “Grit” video

Summarize the Dweck “Growth” video

Write a comparison in your own words of how these concepts relate to each other.

Please write a paragraph for each bullet above and use complete sentences. The total length of this assignment is 750 words (double-spaced, using 12 pt. Times New Roman). Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment.

Part 3

Victim / Creator

Your assignment this week is to help new employees become successful in their new jobs. You want to tell them how to harness the power of grit, growth, and the creator mindset.

To provide this orientation for new hires, please create a PowerPoint presentation. Use the template to prepare your assignment. Follow the examples for aesthetics (typography, screen design, media, white space, and color pattern) while also including notes for each slide.

Review the Multimedia Screen Design PowerPoint presentation to get some great advice on how to use color, fonts, and page design to create an easy to read, pleasing to view presentation.

These new employees have not heard about these concepts before, so be sure to:

1.Describe each term (grit, growth mindset, victim mindset, creator mindset and others that you may choose to include)

2.Give examples of each concept

3.Suggest ways in which the employee can demonstrate the concepts that will help them be successful

4.Describe what consequences may arise if the employee does not demonstrate the desired concepts

Part 4

Success in College

This week, you are asked to explain to people who are interested in attending Grantham what it will take to be successful as an online college student.Refer to the materials presented in the first four weeks of this course (written lectures, textbooks, videos).

Your paper should start with a statement or a claim about what it takes to be a successful student in an online college.(This is called your argument – refer to Pocket Keys for Writers chapter 3a).

Throughout the rest of the paper, you will support your argument by providing descriptions, explanations or examples of the mindsets, skillsets, and tips for success that you believe to be relevant.

The paper should be 750 words, (using a font such as 12 pt. Times New Roman).Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment. You will attach the Word document to the assignment dropbox (do not type directly into the dropbox).

Part 5


Based on this week’s readings and videos, you now have some information to help you understand what you need in order to achieve your goals, and you also have some strategies for requesting help from your friends and family during your college journey.

Your assignment this week is to have an “I need” conversation with someone close to you (friend or family member).There are two parts to this assignment. First, you need to prepare for your discussion by creating a “conversation plan.” Then, you need to reflect on how the conversation unfolded. You will submit your outline of the conversation plan (part one) on the same page as your reflection (part two).

PART ONE: Here is the outline for your conversation plan.

1.Create a vision of the ideal state (“I want to earn this college degree”)

2.Explain your reasons for setting that goal, be sure to point out what’s in it for your friend/family member (“With a degree, I can earn more money for our family”)

3.Explain what it will take in order for you to achieve that goal (“I need two to three hours of quiet time each night in order to study”)

4.Explain how the other person can help you (“If you can bathe the kids and put them to bed, I will be able to study”)

5.Anticipate any resistance (“I know you are tired by the end of the day, and so it may be a challenge to do that by yourself”)

6.Offer a solution or a compromise (“I can help on the weekends, but I have deadlines on Sundays and Tuesdays”)

7.Remind your friend/family member of the positive outcome (“If we can work this out, then I can graduate in three years and we then will be able to afford that new car we want to buy”)

PART TWO: After you have the “I need” conversation, reflect upon how it went.Then, write a reflection paper that includes the following information

1.Recap your “I need…” conversation. With whom did you have the conversation? Did you cover your main points?Why or why not?

2.Reflect on your emotions. How were you feeling during the conversation?

3.Analyze your friend/family member’s reaction. How did the person respond to your conversation?

4.Anticipated results: Do you believe you will get what you need?Why or why not?

5.If you were to have the “I need” conversation with a second person, would you change anything given your experience with the first conversation?Why or why not?

Part 6

Resolving a Conflict

Sometimes situations arise in courses (or with instructors) that make you angry or upset, yet you need to resolve them diplomatically. It is important to email your instructor in a way that is professional and not accusatory, while asking for resolution of the conflict.Pick two of the scenarios below, and write a professional email for each to a fictional instructor about the situation.

Scenario 1

You were in the middle of taking your final exam (which is timed) when the power went out. When the power resumed, the exam time had expired.You were only able to answer a few questions, and have a failing grade on the final. Write a professional email to your instructor explaining the situation, and asking if the exam can be reopened.

Scenario 2

You just looked at your grade on a project; it was much lower grade than you anticipated. You do not understand why your grade was low because your tutor helped you prepare the project. Write a professional email to your instructor asking for clarification on your score.

Scenario 3

Prior to the due date, your instructor approved the late submission of your assignment.When you looked at your grade, points had been deducted due to the late submission. Write a professional email to your instructor inquiring about the late penalty.

Scenario 4

You were reading through the posts of your classmates, and you notice that one of them copied your discussion post – i.e. they plagiarized. Write a professional email to your instructor informing them of the situation.Be sure to provide the name of the fictional student who plagiarized, and explain what they did

Use the following template when composing your emails:

Subject Line: GID, Your Name, Course Name (Ex: GU101) Topic / IssueInstructor’s Name,My name is ________________________, G00012345…Explain what the issue is.Sincerely,Your Name

Part 7

General Education

For this assignment, you will create a tri-fold brochure that explains to your classmates why college students need to complete General Education Courses.

First, go to the Grantham University Catalog and select three general education courses that you feel are

significant to a college student’s education.

Then create a tri-fold brochure in which you explain why it is essential that a college student complete each one of these courses.Be creative; use pictures associated with attending college.Your brochure should be a professional document; grammar, spelling, and punctuation are important.

Use the brochure template to develop your tri-fold brochure.NOTE: While this layout does not seem to make sense if you view it as a flat Word document, recall that the final product would be folded.

Here are the guidelines for presenting your information. The pages of the linked template have been labeled to help you organize your brochure.


oThis is the front cover of the brochure.

oCreate an interesting title and include relevant artwork – entice the viewer to open the brochure.


oThis is the first page the viewer sees upon opening the brochure.

oIn your own words, provide an overview of the General Education program.


oList the first general education course

oUse your own words to explain why this course is essential


oList the second general education course

oUse your own words to explain why this course is essential


oList the third general education course.

oUse your own words to explain why this course is essential.


oThis is the back cover of the brochure.

oInclude your name and GID.

oFeel free to add artwork or other information on this column.

Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment

Part 8

General Education

In this assignment, you will need to access the Grantham University Catalog

You are encouraged to work with your Student Advisor on this assignment.

You are going to develop an Academic Plan showing the courses you will complete to fulfill your degree program.You can print this out and put it on your refrigerator to track your success as you go through college!

Here are the elements of an Academic Plan:

1.The first column lists the terms you need to complete the degree (usually 10 terms for an Associate’s degree; 20 terms for the Bachelor’s degree; these may vary with each student).

2.The second column lists the month/year of the term – noting if you need to take time off for other commitments (use the * and footnotes to explain)

3.The third column lists the first course you plan to take.

4.The fourth column lists the second course you plan to take.It is suggested, but not required, that you take two courses per term; check with your Financial Aid plan to see if there are requirements on how many courses you can take per term.

The Academic Plan is simply a table that you can create in a Word document.Here is a truncated example:

My Name:Joe Student
My Degree Program:Bachelor of Arts, Strategic Communication
Month/Year of TermCourse #1Course #2
Term 1Jan 2019GU101CS105
Term 2Mar 2019CO101PS101
Term 3May 2019MA100EN100
Term 4*Aug 2019MA101EN261

* I plan to take off the month of July 2019 due to a work trip I have to take but I will come back in August. Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment

Part 9-13 75-150 words apiece

Part 9

In this post, you are going to share a personal story. The post should contain all of the following:

A personal story about a time when you were successful at developing a skill or an ability that you either were not very good at or that you had never tried before.

A description of the skill you needed.

An explanation of why you needed to develop the skill.

How you felt about developing that skill. (Was it your idea or someone else’s idea? Did you think you could do it? Why?)

How you accomplished your goal.

Was it easy or hard to accomplish? Why?

How long did it take to accomplish your goal?

Did you have support? Friends? Family? Boss?

An explanation of how the development of that skill benefitted you.

Part 10

Looking Ahead to the Final Project

For this discussion, share with your classmates the progress you are making on your final project. What is your degree program?What courses are you most looking forward to completing in the program core? Which electives seem interesting to you?

If you have attended another college, explain how your transfer credits will impact your progress toward graduation (for example, have you seen the results of your transfer credit evaluation and know whether the courses have been accepted?)

Part 11

Failure Happens. Where Do You Go Next?

We don’t always succeed at everything we try, but failure is not necessarily a bad thing. What is really important regarding failure is what we do AFTER we fail.

Sometimes we learn something about ourselves, make changes, try again and succeed… the point is that a failure can be a true learning experience and/or a growth experience.

In this post, you will:

Share a personal experience of a failure which became a lesson or growth experience.

Describe the situation.

Share your feelings at the time of the failure and your feelings at some point after the failure.

Describe how you found the courage/strength/grit to move forward, try again…

Explain what the experience taught you and how you will continue to apply what you learned.

Part 12

Continuing to Work on the Final Project

Express some of the challenges you may be experiencing while trying to complete this assignment, and how you plan to overcome them.

What are some of the benefits you see in completing this project?

Part 13

Where Does the Time Go?

It’s pretty common to hear people say, “I don’t know how I am going to get this all done.” We may think we manage our time well and know how to multitask, but there are always tips and tricks that help us make the most of our time.

For example, every day after school, one mother usually waited for her son 10-15 minutes in the parking lot of the elementary school. She realized that sitting there was simply a waste of her time. She then chose to log in to her online class with her cell phone and read her textbook during this time. At the end of the week, she realized that the time in the car was 50-75 minutes of reading time!

Likewise, a father carried 10 flashcards each day in his pocket. He took 5 minutes on each of his breaks at work to review the cards. He found that he retained so much more information by taking 5 minutes here and there to review concepts. Tips like this help students balance school, work, family, and other life demands.

In this post, you will:

Explain time management in your own words.

Explain how a person truly knows if he or she manages time well. What evidence supports the idea that someone manages time well?

Provide at least two time-saving tips that you use/ have used at school, at work, or in life, and explain how they have helped you.

Explain how “I need” statements can help with time management.

Part 14

How Do I Respond to This?

In this scenario, you are part of an online class business class which is studying diversity in the workplace and diversity training. The prompt asked about the purpose of diversity initiatives/trainings, and how they can benefit business. A student posted what he experienced at his workplace diversity training not too long ago. A second student replied to his post, but with a very different “take” on the topic.

Here is a copy of the second post:

You got lucky. My job makes us attend these stupid trainings for diversity every year, and they are a complete waste of time. I mean, I am not going to be mean to lazy people who don’t do their work because they come from cultures where people don’t work hard. I know it’s not their fault that they were raised that way, and I guess they do ok for who they are and all, but that doesn’t mean I have to like picking up their slack. But that’s the world today, we have to accept everyone and everything.

Your job is to respond to the second post and maintain professionalism while you do. Your response should defuse the situation (rather than make it worse).

Part 15

Final Project Is Due Next Week

One aspect of the final project is to anticipate any upcoming events that might delay your progress toward graduation (i.e. a pregnancy, military deployment, planned move, etc.)Discuss how you plan to work around these speed bumps so you can get back on track quickly.

If you cannot think of any planned speed bumps, then discuss the impact of unanticipated circumstances (earning grades of “F” or withdrawing from courses)How will these impact your progress toward graduation, and what can you do to mitigate those circumstances?

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