Why LIU Promise?
The decision to attend college is one of the most important, potentially life-transforming decisions a person can make. The LIU Promise means engaging with a student holistically, recognizing that the university experience at its best concerns growth in all areas of a student’s life—intellectually, socially, and professionally. The LIU Promise, with its array of resources, facilitates really getting to know a student and assisting them on all those levels.
The Ingredients of Success
Success is helping students to achieve self-awareness about their goals, a realistic sense of the steps needed to achieve their goals, and a knowledge of all the resources available on campus to assist them. Success is increasing a student’s capacity for problem-solving and independent decision-making with regard to their academic and career goals.
A Rewarding Experience
Every year at graduation, I see students whom I know have struggled more than most to get to that moment in their lives. I know how hard they have worked, what personal and academic obstacles they have surmounted, and the many junctures from semester to semester where things could have gone awry if not for someone's personal attention to an issue (a caring teacher, a patient financial aid adviser, a concerned dean, etc.). Their stories are particular and individual. Knowing I have been a part of their lives at LIU and made some difference in helping them graduate is extremely moving and rewarding.
The Importance of Self-Assessment
I find that students, especially in the first two years of college, often need to practice self-assessment. It is helpful to do this with a more experienced person who can ask guiding questions and suggest possible solutions. How are your classes going? What steps have you taken to address that problem? The fit between a student’s aspirations, the current level of their academic skills, the pace at which they hope to achieve their goals, and their chosen major can sometimes be a mismatch. It is important for a student to discuss his or her academic progress in detail and to identify what barriers are preventing them from doing well in his or her studies. Sometimes these barriers are not strictly academic but relate to poor time management, financial or personal difficulty, or unrealistic expectations. Self-assessment can help the student to make the right choices to correct missteps.