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The Bridge: Kaua'i to College

Free guidance and support for Kaua'i kids who want to go to college

Succeeding!

The Bridge Academy

You got in! Congratulations!

 Now what?!

Now the real fun...okay, work---begins! Getting into college is one thing, but succeeding once you are there is one more thing. And we want you to succeed big time! So we have put together a series of vodcasts to focus on some basic skills for success in college.

Mix and match, view and review...you can do it!! (Believe it or not, they wouldn't have admitted you if they didn't think so!)

Art Stipanovic, PhD

Bridge Board Member, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Art Stipanovic is an Emeritus Professor and past chairman of the Chemistry Department at the S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y. where he also received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Stipanovic spent almost 20 years working in industrial research and development on projects ranging from energy conserving lubricants to biodegradable composite materials. His Vodcasts deal with the subjects of studying and the closely related art of time management.

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Time Management for Success, in which Dr. Stipanovic discusses one of the most important academic skills: time management. This vodcast includes various strategies for managing time.

Beating Procrastination. In this vodcast, we dissect how to beat the age-old plight that is procrastination! Dr. Stipanovic uses his teaching experience to aid students.

How to Study Successfully, where Dr. Stipanovic gives a general guide to studying in a way that is productive and efficient. He discusses planning your study sessions and finding the most optimal places to study. 

Susan Davis, PhD

Bridge Founder, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Susan Davis is a clinical psychologist with twenty years of private practice, teaching, and consultation experience. She is also the founder and president of The Bridge: Kaua'i to College, and mother of four daughters she has supported in their own journeys through college and graduate school.

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Surfing the Wave of Stress. While stress in academic is unavoidable, stress can be managed! Susan David, a clinical psychologist, shares her professional tips on managing stress in college. 

Dainard Spore

Bridge Board Member, Pastor

Dainard Spore is a California native whilst being a long-time Kauaʻi resident. He received his BA from the University of Santa Barbara, and has served as a counselor, bible teacher and pastor. He currently serves as a pastor as as the Bridge Boardʻs communications specialist.

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Fostering Friendships, in which Dain Spore discusses setting up your social life in college for success. Key to this is choosing the right friends, which he delves into in full.

Developing Friendships, in which "Fostering Friendships" is built upon. Choosing friends is one thing, but developing meaningful and healthy friendships in college is a much broader thing! 

Ayesha Nibbe, PhD

UC Davis Research Fellow in Sociocultural Anthropology

Ayesha Nibbe is a research fellow at the University of California. She has a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology and has taught at UC Davis and Hawaii Pacific University. Her experience in this field gives her a firm grasp of “othering” and how we deal with societal difference.

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Navigating Difference When You Go to College. Dr. Nibbe discusses culture shock in this Bridge-led discussion, and how to acclimate to a new culture/environment when leaving home for college.

College, Gap Years, and Goals Amidst a Pandemic. Dr. Nibbe Interviews Doug Cutchins, Director of Global Awards at NYU Abu Dhabi. With a history of specializing in post-graduate activities, Doug offers insight into goals, time-management, and planning during the "off" time the Covid-19 Pandemic has created. Here, we discuss just what taking off time from school means in a pandemic. 

Bob Davis, PhD

Professor of Literature, Wittenberg University

Robert Leigh Davis is professor emeritus at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. An award-winning teacher, Davis has published essays in American Transcendental Quarterly, Literature and Medicine, The Wordsworth Circle, The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and as chapters in several edited volumes. His book, Whitman and the Romance of Medicine, is published by the University of California Press. His new work on religion and the arts, Playful Wisdom: Reimagining the Sacred in American Literature, will be published this fall by Lexington Books.

Vodcast Links

How to Write a Great First College Essay, in which Dr. Davis uses his vast experience as a Professor of literature to explain the mechanism of impressing your college professors with exemplary essay writing. Dr. Davis shows that the college essay doesnʻt have to be a source of anxiety!