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Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Work schedules…

Work schedules…

Hey Maria. My name is Amber Clark. My question to you is if I would like to become a full-time student as SPC, do you think that would be possible with a part time job that has inconsistent days? I just started this fall and im taking two classes. The class I’m taking requires the mentor part. (The college experience SLS 1101) I’ve asked a lot of people and cannot seem to get a straight answer. All they tell me is, well you can do anything you set your mind to. Well, that is the case but I would like some clarity from you. A former SPC graduate. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely, Amber Clark

Dear Amber,

Great question!

It is true; you can accomplish anything that you put your mind to. That being said, an inconsistent work schedule does not make things easier. It is these kinds of barriers that will motivate you in the end.

First thing you should do is to talk to your employer and ask for consistency. Let them know that you are pursuing your education and if they could be flexible and support you through this process.

A full-time student must be registered for at least 12 credit hours. That is about 4 classes, 3 credits each class. One thing you can do is to consider the way you might be scheduling your classes. If you know it is 4 classes then try to have 2 classes on Monday-Wednesday and 2 for Tuesday-Thursday.

Also, try to schedule them as close to each other and in the same campus. For example, if you are a morning person, then you can have your classes start from 8:00-9:15am and then 9:30-10:45am, you might even be able to fit in a 11:am-12:15 class. Another option would be to have all four classes in on two days like the Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday example. I know this can be a hassle but it is possible. I am positive you should be able to get this perfect schedule.

The earlier you register, the easier it is to get the classes you need.

Furthermore, don’t be afraid to work with the academic advisers. Go to the Academic Advising Center at your campus and let them know what your schedule is and about your work. They will be able to see exactly what classes you need and how to fit them together to make your life easier.

I want you to know that I support you through this process. It is possible and you can do it!

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Why SPC is so awesome

Why SPC is so awesome

How does SPC prepare you for a career in ways other schools don’t?

Dear Marsha,

I think it has to do with the emphasis SPC puts on its students. Many aspects of the college revolve around the students’ needs. There is a real motivation for students to succeed.

The college’s leadership works really hard to discover and put in practice the best ways to help all SPC students have a successful college experience.

Here are some reasons why SPC prepares you in ways that other schools don’t:

There are opportunities available: SPC gives its students the best learning experiences by providing opportunities to expand their perspectives outside of the classroom. There are so many opportunities and for all kinds of majors and careers to travel abroad, attend workshops, go on field trips, travel to conferences, and participate in internships and attain real-world experiences. All students have access to these endless and diverse and opportunities.

Failure is not an option: When I say that there are tools available to you and you just need to use them, I speak the truth. There are all kinds of resources to help students inside and outside of the classroom, and everywhere in between. SPC makes it comfortable and easy for students to get help. If you are having trouble academically in a class, then go to a free tutor. They are there to help you. If you are in need of some counseling, whether career, personal, or academic, the experts and advisors are there at your disposal. All you need is your SPC student ID.

10 campuses, small community: Even with more than 32,000 students enrolled, SPC remains to have a small community feel that student appreciate. Walking around campus and having people wave and say hi to you is the nicest feeling ever.

A well-oiled machine: The atmosphere of motivation that I’m talking about comes from the people who work at SPC. Somehow SPC has achieved what many colleges struggle to acquire, a unity in mission. Everyone at SPC, the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, Academic Chairs, Faculty, and the wonderful Staff, have synced together to fortified SPC’s mission. They all work together and get the best results.

These are all the points that make SPC an amazing school that prepares you for a career and help you succeed and achieve things you never thought possible. I am beyond grateful and proud to be an alumna of SPC.

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Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Transferring 101

Transferring 101

What do you think is the best place to transfer to after SPC?

Dear Sarah,

The best university to transfer to, once you have completed your course of study at SPC, is the one that will accept most if not all of your credits, and help you complete the degree you are seeking.

There are many questions a transfer student must answer when searching for the university that will be the best fit.

  • Are you considering going out-of-state or staying in-state?
  • Do you want to go to a big state school or a small private college/ university?
  • Where do you want the campus to be located: in a small town or in a big metropolitan city?
  • Do you want to be near the beach?
  • If you decide to go to school up north, like me, will the weather be an issue?
  • What’s your dream class size: 20-40 or 40-100 students?
  • Will the cost of tuition affect your decision?
  • Are you planning to live on-campus or commute to school every day?
  • Do you want to attend a university that has a football team?

Some of these sound absurd, I know. But believe me; these factors make all the difference in the world for a college student. Like one of my mentors would always tell me: “It’s the little things that matter.”

Also, instead of looking at the school’s name or history, I suggest you put more emphasis on your major’s program/department and how strong does it compare against other universities’ similar programs. Look at the statistics.

What is the retention and completion rates for students in your major in any particular university. Look at the possibilities to double-major or minor, if this is something you might be considering. If study abroad is something you are thinking then look at the study abroad opportunities.

Equally as important is the campus’  atmosphere and how it matches your personality. If you, like me, did not have the opportunity to tour the campuses, then the universities’ websites need to become your new best friends. By going in and  reading around, you will get the overall message of the institution’s mission and what they want for their students.

Another important note is to never limit yourself to applying to an institution based on the amount of financial aid you think you might receive. This can go either way. Many students transfer to universities because they gave them the most amount of money and might end up not liking the program.

Similarly, other transfer students are afraid to apply because they believe they will not receive the financial aid they need. These are really bad habits that often misguide transfer student to consider universities for the wrong reasons. Your first priority should be the quality of education you will receive and then worry about everything else.

Overall, my main point is to never limit yourself when considering universities, and at the same time make an educated decision.

There is no ‘best’ university after SPC. I would even argue that SPC is the best. Just look for what will make you happy as a student. At the end, what is most important is choosing the university that is right for you. I cannot stress this enough.

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Student Life | 1 comment

Want to start a club?

Want to start a club?

I have been a student here off and on for years. Now that I am retired, I am doing all the courses I was interested in, but which were not required. I see many older students, but I have never found any organizations for older students. Sometimes people just want to be with a group they can relate to. Have I missed it? If there is no such club, could one be started if there is enough interest? I would be glad to help if you need volunteers. Thank you!

Dear Beverly,

Thank you for your questions. I’m so glad you are taking courses you are passionate about. If you can’t find a club that sparks your interest then definitely, start your own club!

It is very easy and it would be amazing to say that you started a club at SPC.

The process is:

  • Figure out what your club will be about. When I was at SPC I always thought about starting my own film club at the St. Pete/Gibbs campus. There are so many options, just find something you and potential members are passionate about.
  • You need to have at least 6 students interested in joining.
  • Find an advisor. You must secure a club sponsor who meets advisor criteria. This advisor can be a professor or staff member who is willing to commit and perform as the club’s advisor.
  • Contact your campus’ office of Student Life & Leadership (SL&L) and ask them about what specific paperwork needs to be completed. On different campuses the process is different so make sure you contact your campuses’ SL&L office. This office is in charge of all things student life and they keep a roster of the active clubs and organizations.
  • Submit the required paperwork to the SL&L office.
  • Once your paperwork in completed and turned in, the office of SL&L will keep you posted on your club status.

Once your club is ready to go, then make sure you secure a space to meet and the meetings times. You can also assign a member to attend SGA meetings and be deemed active on campus, this way you can secure funding for your club’s events and trips. It is a lot of fun to be part of a club and better way than to start your own. Hope these tips help!


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Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Academics | 0 comments

Rewarding Classes

Rewarding Classes

What is the most rewarding class that you’ve taken at St. Petersburg College?

Dear Sierra,

This is a tough question! I truly enjoyed most, if not all, of the classes I took at SPC. If I have to choose one that stands out from my transcript, it has to be Dr. Brightman’s Marine Biology class.

I don’t know about you, but biology terrifies me. I like to think I’m book smart but not really lab smart. Anything that has to do with cells and blood and systems just freaks me out. This is why I’m not becoming a medical doctor.

I took this class because, when I was younger, I had this weird fantasy that I wanted to be like Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the famed oceanographer. In my mind taking Oceanography and Marine Biology was the best choice ever to meet my physical and bio requirements.  I even had to fight to get into this class, because as a dual-enrolled student I did not have enrollment privileges.

The Marine Biology class, which I took on my last semester at SPC before graduation, was a real challenge for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the class and the professor was awesome, it’s just I wasn’t truly prepared for it.

No matter what I did, I could just not get the grade I was aiming for.  I was real close though. Overall, this class, and Dr. Brightman, taught me that an A is not everything. I honestly wish I would have taken this class earlier in my college career.

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