Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday 2019 for College Students

The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in Florida runs May 31st to June 6th, 2019. This holiday is a great time for students to buy their college hurricane supplies. Are you planning on going to college in a state affected by hurricanes? If you are planning on going to college in any state that is affected by hurricanes, you need a disaster preparedness kit.

In an effort to get you ready for hurricane season, here are 5 supplies I recommend you have in your college hurricane preparedness kit.

1. Batteries

Batteries are on the list of items that are exempt from sales tax during this holiday. These are a staple item in your kit because they are so versatile. Save your cell phone battery by checking the time on your battery operated clock instead of your cell phone.

2. Flashlights

Flashlights are a staple item in disaster relief kits. When the power goes out, you still want to be able to see your way to the bathroom right? Right! Having a flashlight with working batteries during hurricane season is crucial. Some people choose to have one flashlight for every room in the house, or one per person. Regardless of how many you choose to have, it is important to know where they are at all times.

3. Reusable Ice Cubes/ Ice Packs

Reusable ice cubes are available almost everywhere. Having these in your freezer if a disaster hits can be a big help. Not only can they be used for keeping your food cold, but they can assist you if someone is in need of a cold compress. Ice packs are also a good item to keep on hand should a disaster strike.

4. Battery Operated Radio

During an emergency situation communication is key. Battery operated radios can keep you knowledgeable about safe and unsafe areas around you. Weather advisories and information about shelters or relief stations are announced over the radio. There are times during a natural disaster when you may not be sure if it is safe to go outside. Radios are a tried and true way to make sure you are up to date with information.

5. First Aid Kit

Having a first aid kit is generally a good idea. Not only do you want to have a first aid kit, but you want to make sure that you have an account of your medications and medical supplies that you use regularly. Even if you do not think you will need your first aid kit, odds are that someone around you may need it so it’s a good idea to have one around!

Photo credit: Hurricane-NASA, Batteries- brett Jordan, Flashlight- William Carlson, Ice- Julia Alkmin, Radio-Rayan Almuslem, Band-aid- Franck V.

“I Don’t Want to Go to Class”

You awaken, with your eyes still closed. You stretch your body starfish style while feeling for your phone with your right hand. It should be where you left it, under your pillow. As usual you must have moved it while tossing and turning with the tides of your dreams. You check the time and realized that you have woken up before your alarm clock. To your amazement you have thirty minutes until your alarm goes off. Your alarm is set to give you just enough time to throw on the clothes laying on your desk chair, brush your teeth, and run across campus to class with an apple in your mouth, pencil behind your ear, and notebook in your hand.

But then, the familiar thought comes to your mind, “I don’t want to go to class“. What do you do when going to class is the last thing that you want to do on earth?

Below are some points to consider. Especially the next time it is a struggle for you to go to class.

It all adds up

Missing a college class cost you money! According to the College Board, it can cost between $30- $104 (depending on tuition) for every class you miss. If you missed enough classes to fail the class, now you could be giving away upwards of $1,800. This does not include having to retake the class or get those credit hours to graduate somewhere else. Perspectively, missing class for a semester waste the equivalent of an iphone, over a month of minimum wage salary, or a staycation. The same goes for missing enough class that you can no longer pass the class due to attendance.

There are long term consequences 

Accepting mediocre performance from yourself is a hard habit to break. If anyone should be motivating you, it’s you. It is nice when we have family or friends who can be there for us when we need it. People who can uplift our souls when we feel like the world is out to get us, but let me tell you a harsh truth. One day, you will face a challenge, and just when you are about to call your mom, your phone dies. You can’t charge it because you are on a lone road with little to no traffic and your car battery has died. Ok, not to get to melodramatic but I think you get my point. If you continue to practice letting yourself be mediocre, you are making it harder to show up for yourself when you really need it.

You deserve better

This one is plain and simple. You deserve better than to be kicked out of school for sleeping too much or hanging out with friends all the time. To sit in class and not only know what is going on, but be able to contribute to discussions, raise your hand and answer questions, and tutor others. You deserve to be revered by your classmates and professors, and you deserve a seat at the tables where life-changing conversations are happening. College classes are a thing of beauty. Bills, breakups, and broken tail lights are all forgotten in class. You are given the luxury of pushing those things aside, and proving to yourself and others, that you can understand the world on a deeper level.

Student Success Nation family, I know that there are some days when you really need to miss class. I am not just talking about emergencies here, I am including mental health days, job interviews, or work. The goal of this post is to not make you feel guilty for missing those days of class. The point here is that if you need to miss class, you need to inform your professor as soon as possible and limit the days in which you are missing class because you are just too sleepy to go.

I know you can do this. In self-motivation solidarity,

YOUR Student Success Coach

Photo credit: Jurien Huggins

What are Co-academic Skills?

Co-academic skills are defined as necessary areas of expertise for academic and life success. These skills include but are not limited to time management, reading college textbooks, writing college essays, information literacy, financial literacy, social skills, networking skills, self-management, interdependence, academic self-esteem, personal responsibility, goal setting, life planning, self-awareness, taking college level notes, taking college exams, and how to study for college courses.

The concept of co-academic skills depends upon the existence and development of academic skills such as reading, writing, math, language arts, and critical thinking skills. These are skills that are developed in the classroom. For example, a student taking a statistics course will be able to develop critical thinking and mathematical skills in relation to statistics. In order to pass the course and submit satisfactory assignments, the student will need to not only understand the course material, but will also need to utilize co-academic skills to meet their goal of passing the class and showing mastery in the statistics course.

Co-academic skills are more important than academic skills due to their ability to not only improve academic performance but employability as well. Co-academic skills surpass the limitations of academic skills in that co-academic skills can increase employability and provide a student with the ability to be successful outside of the classroom. These skills are also considered life skills. Generally speaking, a student can still be successful person without mastering academic skills such as statistics, however no one can be successful without mastering their co-academic skills.

In 2017 Melissa Doreus coined the term Co-Academic Skills as a result of the work she was doing with students, faculty, and staff.