Red Flags

(Warning signs that may indicate possibly serious emerging problems with your college career)

  •  Indecisiveness about your major, personal and career goals, or courses to take.

  •  Frequent illness, repeated bouts of "stomach flu," headaches, migraine or infections.

  •  Increased drinking, smoking, or use of illegal substances; coming to class "high."

  •  Irresponsible, obsessive, promiscuous or unprotected sexual behavior.

  •  Repeatedly skipping classes, whether for work, illness, or just out of neglect.

  •  Difficulty keeping up with coursework, falling behind on assignments or reading.

  •  Questioning the relevance of required courses for your major.

  •  Selecting classes without any connection to career, purpose or other goals.

  •  Unrealistic overconfidence combined with failing grades or poor prior academic record.

  •  Failure to register for next semester or to reapply for financial aid and/or housing on time; failure to complete the FAFSA.

  •  Requesting transcripts.

If you live away from home:

  •  Calling home daily or spending hours on the phone, texting, on Twitter, Facebook or MySpace talking to family or home folks.

  •  Going home frequently, particularly missing school days to go home

O.W. 5/07 rev 5/09

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Owen M. Williamson - Education Bldg 211E - phone: (915) 747 7625 - fax: (915) 747 5655
The University of Texas at El Paso - 500 W. University Ave. - El Paso, TX 79968
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