Diversity. Success. Health.


The first year of college is huge. Students start their independent lives in a totally new environment, with new people and new decisions to be made. We all could use a little guidance every now and then—and Elaine Penn strives to help guide students to a place that will benefit them the most in college.

Elaine believes the power of diversity, personal best and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle will help students succeed in college. She shares tips on how first year students can incorporate all three into their lives.

College campuses are full of people from diverse backgrounds, with diverse experiences, ideas, beliefs and tastes. But the key is to be open to this and fully embrace it. When you do, your life will be enriched beyond measure.

“No one characteristic defines who a person really is. We have to take the time to get to know each person on an individual basis. If we don’t, we risk lumping people into groups and stereotyping. The truth is you never know who a person is until you take the time to know them. When you do, you will be surprised at how interesting, cool, smart and absolutely perfect each person is…just as they are,” said Elaine.

The first year of college sets the tone for your entire college career. During this time, habits are formed, goals are established and networks are developed. Don’t waste a minute of it.

Elaine suggests that students:
– Create a priority list and check it every day.
– Understand that success is in your hands and no one else’s.
– Get involved on campus, but do things you are passionate about.
– Start thinking about what you love and major in it.

Your health is the most vital component of your success. You can’t take it for granted, because it will catch up with you. It requires that you are committed to taking care of yourself: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

When caught in the balancing act of juggling all the demands of college, check in with yourself to make sure you’re prioritizing these things to keep you healthy.

– Get 6-8 hours of sleep a night (it’s harder than you think).
– Eat a balanced diet of healthy carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
– Be proactive about managing stress: meditate, do yoga or breathing exercises.
– Prioritize your life.
– Learn to say no (when possible).

Start your students with some diversity, success or health guidance this fall with one of Elaine’s keynotes.

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