Student Success Labs

Become fearless, become stronger; become more!

This series of workshops prepares students to achieve their academic and personal goals. Students are encouraged to attend one or all of the sessions which have include presentations by Faculty, Deans, administrators and renowned experts.  

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What did previous attendees like most about the series?

"The diversity of speakers and their engagement, and fresh tips and options for academics and life in general."

Complete the online workbook.  Once completed we will develop a personal success plan based on your responses and what we know from the hundreds of other studnets who have completed it.

Personal Success Plan Link

Sessions kick on January 30 and are held every Tuesday in the Academy Hall Auditorium, at 4 p.m.
January 30 Personal Success Plan with Louis Trzepacz
February 6 – Time Management with Louis Trzepacz
February 13 – Motivation I with Lydia Rest
February 20 – Motivation II with Lydia Rest
February 27 – Resilience I with Dr. Keith Anderson
March 6 – Resilience II with Dr. Keith Anderson
March 13 – Spring Break
March 20 – What it takes with Nii Opare-Ado
March 27 - Sleep Hygiene with Tara Schuster
April 3 – Mindfulness I with Sheryl Spencer
April 10 – Mindfulness II with Sheryl Spencer
April 24 - Academic Prep for finals with Louis Trzepacz
May 1 – Micro Labs
Dr. Keith Anderson Resilence I, II, III with Dr. Keith Anderson

Building resilience is a critical strategy in developing a self that is able to tolerate adversity and succeed in difficult situations. While many people can persist when things are easy or enjoyable, being resilient means having the ability to manage distress and to bounce back in difficult situations or environments. This important skill is not something you learn from a book, but from managing the experiences of life.


Tara Schuster Sleep Hygiene: What Is It & Why Is It Important?  with Tara Schuster

Habits that contribute to a good night’s sleep and allow for full daytime alertness are known as “sleep hygiene.”  These habits can range from daytime micro-naps, to avoiding caffeine and stimulants after a certain hour, to creating an optimal sleeping environment.

We’ll discuss the importance of sleep hygiene, detriments (physical, mental, academic and otherwise) that one may experience due to lack of quality sleep, and simple tips to improve your sleep.

We will end the session with a relaxation exercise. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel that you can lay on. 

Motivation and Change I, II with Lydia Rest

Do you put things off until the last minute only to be disappointed by the outcome?  Learn how to develop and maintain motivation to achieve goals to make change in your life. Whether you want to spend more time on school work or learn to play the piano, making change requires a specific set of steps to ensure success.  You can achieve your goals, but you need the right equipment.  Join Lydia Rest, LCSW for this hands-on lecture.

Slides are available here.

Mindfulness with Sheryl Spencer Learn about the benefits particularly in assisting with stress, and overall cognition. Begin the practice and see if it affects your progress towards you goals. Come learn what all the buzz is about and why companies like Google, Twitter, PayPal, LinkedIn and many more in Silicon Valley are employing these techniques. In this session Sheryl Spencer, LCSW will introduce participants to mindfulness and meditation.
What it Takes with Nii Opare-Addo

In this presentation, we will address the various barriers that students across the country face when seeking help. We will explore various researches on the success rates of college students who seek help versus those who don’t.

In seeking help, the student must identify first, what kind of help the student wants, i.e. financial help, academics, student experience, mental health, etc. We will explore how RPI continues to reaffirm its commitment to student retention, and the various resources readily available on campus to help students be successful during their times at RPI.

During this presentation, we will conduct a few surveys via voting (students will vote with their cell phone. Standard messaging rates will apply) and explore the misconceptions and myths surrounding seeking help. RPI students constantly have a huge load of responsibilities and priorities on their plates, and this presentation’s goal is to help students properly respond to their priorities, sometimes by seeking the right kind of help. 

Personal Success Plan with Louis Trzepacz During this session we will discuss developing a plan to achieve success for this semester.  Please fill out "Getting to Know You", our online tool 24 hours in advance of attending so we can have your personalized plan ready for the session.
Time Management with Louis Trzepacz

During this session you will learn how scarcity arrests the brain and how it sabotages you. You'll hear about how strange our decision making processes can be and how to avoid time traps. Finally, we will discuss strategies you can employ to practice being more productive and connecting productivity to your values and goals.

Slides are available here.  You can download and print the handout here.

Academic Prep for finals with David Milford The finish line is in sight learn how to finish strong through preparation and savvy techniques.