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Dangers of Foreclosure

Author(s): Shaffer, L. S., & Zalewski, J.

Citation: Shaffer, L. S., & Zalewski, J. (2017). Dangers of Foreclosure. Academic Advising and the First College Year (pp. 165-180). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.



Advisors have become increasingly aware of an issue known as identity foreclosure, which refers to an early commitment to goals and plans due to a lack of effort in exploring options or understanding oneself. This chapter discusses common causes of foreclosure, strategies for identifying it, and techniques to aid in academic recovery. Some of the common causes of foreclosure identified in the chapter include a fear of disappointing others, a lack of vision, and an adherence to credentialism. By focusing on external factors, first-year students can lose sight of their own goals and desires, which leads to identity foreclosure. Some of the most effective methods for counteracting this foreclosure involve the advisor taking a more active role in career development and making the student aware of all their future options.


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