Secondary Education: Social Studies (1977)
1. Employ the Six P’s - Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance (embedded
in my memory and my daily life by Dr. Skelton, Techniques of Teaching Social Studies)
2. You never get a second chance to make a first impression
3. Take responsibility and ownership for your actions
4. Be kind and respectful to your dorm mates, classmates, faculty, college staff and
the community of Cape Girardeau.
5. Take time to read the college catalogue and the student handbook
6. Check your email on a regular basis
7. Be Proactive
8. Utilize the resources on campus. If you are having difficulties, ask for help.
Don’t delay; don’t get behind.
9. Get involved in school activities, volunteer/community service opportunities –
looks great on your resume!
10. It’s okay to change your major (I did!)
11. If you don’t know what you want to do; that’s okay. Take time to research; job
shadow – make sure it’s a good fit.
12. Build relationships – professional and personal. After 38 years, I still cherish
my friendships from college and we do stay in touch!
13. Have fun but remember that school is #1.
I would not trade my four years at SEMO for all the tea in China. They were very special
years – wonderful friendships, lots of fun, it’s where I met my husband, and but of
course, a good education! I wish you well in furthering your education and wish you