College is indeed a “big change” for young people. For most it is an exciting adventure and for some a demanding challenge. Either way, John Spiropoulos’s program provides the kind of advice that anyone who is about to embark on their first year of college will substantially benefit from. Why? Because the advice comes from the people of who have recently succeeded in traversing that perilous first year, the upperclass students themselves along with the professors who mentored and guided them. As one of my college-bound students wrote after viewing it: “I like seeing and hearing the voices of students.” As if to say, “I have heard enough from everyone else.”
John D. Lawry, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Psychology Marymount College of Fordham University
Author of College 101: A First-Year Reader (McGraw-Hill, 1999)
The video offers invaluable advice to incoming college students on how to manage the multiple challenges of the first year-- and, indeed, of the years that follow. I strongly recommend it to universities and colleges for viewing by advisors, as well as to students and parents.
Ellen Dwyer, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Professor of Criminal Justice
Director, Collins Living-Learning Center
"Nothing will take all of the stress out of being a first year college student but this DVD prepares students like no other program I’ve ever seen.” It not only helps students get better grades, it saves students who otherwise would leave school. I recommend that parents watch it with their college-bound student. That way they’re on the same page."
Ralph G. Anttonen, PH.D
Professor & Chairman of Academic and Student Development
Director of Exploratory Program
College: "The Big Change" as told by peers, if followed, would diminish the freshmen dropped out rate to zero. The individual college freshman would be filled with the elation of success on the road to a successful life. I found I transferred the implied internal principles to improving my own way of ordering time and determining an effective approach to daily tasks. Kudos to students, professors and John Spiropoulos on clearly presenting the lasting pathways to a meaningful freshmen year.
Past President, National Association for College Admissions Counseling
Guidance Counselor, Einstein H.S. Montgomery County, Maryland
The information in College: The Big Change is outstanding and it’s great that the advice is coming not only from professionals but also college students. Topics include time management, success tips in the classroom, study tips, note-taking, writing for assignments and research papers, preparing for and taking exams. After working with John and his team on this project, we took one look at the final product and knew we needed to get this in every freshman’s hands.
Kimberly M. Wagner
First Year Experience
Center for Academic Support and Advancement
Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne