ERIC Number: ED429791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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First Year University in Retrospect: The Voices of Rural Students.
Hemmings, Brian; Hill, Doug; Ray, David
To collect data about the first-year university experiences of rural students, 15 students were drawn from a pool of 125 Riverina (Australia) students who had participated in an earlier study on factors that influence academic persistence. The sample consisted of approximately equal numbers of males and females, about equal proportions of students residing on and off campus, and a representative mix of Australian universities. Each student was interviewed for 30 minutes and was asked 16 questions concerning perceived successes and failures encountered during the first year of university study. Among the challenges faced by first-year rural students were developing new friendships, forging an independent identity, a lack of direction from others, an intimidating large campus environment, financial pressures, and homesickness. Successful strategies for meeting these challenges included quickly initiating close friendships, residing on campus, maintaining motivation, using orientation week to full advantage, retaining contact with high school friends attending the same university, being willing to leave home setting, participating in rural student awareness programs, and deferring studies temporarily. Advice for potential university students includes being outgoing, residing on campus, being strongly committed to one's goals, being prepared to leave family and friends or staying close to home, and realizing that other students are experiencing similar difficulties. Implications for administrators and academics are discussed. Questions and responses are presented in 13 tables. (TD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Australian Research Council.
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Identifiers - Location: Australia