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Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Need to Know | 1 comment

The Challenge of a Good Schedule

The Challenge of a Good Schedule

 

 

What the biggest challenge you encountered during college and how did you overcome it?

Dear Ashley,

There are many challenges I have faced during college. Aside from the common academic challenges like trying to do my best in classes by dedicating a little more extra time and attending tutoring at the learning support center or the writing studio, perhaps the biggest challenges were to get my classes to fit in my schedule. I know this is not exactly the hardest thing to achieve. Nevertheless, I was very involved while at SPC and having the perfect schedule was extremely important to me. More than a challenge, it was an important goal that I needed to accomplish. To overcome this challenge, I started planning early, checking the Rate My Professor website for recommendations, and asking students, my academic advisor, as well as faculty for advice. Even now, as soon as registration opens, I am the first one registering.

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Opportunities for High School Students

Opportunities for High School Students

 

I’m high school student. Can I take classes at SPC? Can I apply for financial aid?

Dear Hasan,

SPC offers multiple programs for High School students to attain college and high school credit simultaneously, and it is free. To see if you are eligible you can check the Dual-Enrollment/ Early College website.

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Dual Enrollment: This is the program I was in. If you are home-schooled or in a private high school you can apply to be a dually-enrolled student as early as a sophomore if you past the test. The Dual-Enrollment program does not guarantee an AA degree, but it is possible to achieve. Being dually enrolled still allows you to attend your high school and attend SPC part time. To participate in this program you must meet certain requirements. Another note would be that if you are in a private home-education school or a private school then textbooks and other class materials are not free.

Early College: Early College is another program that gives high school students the opportunity to attend college full-time the last two years of high school, junior and senior year. There is an application process and deadline but the textbooks are covered.

St. Petersburg Collegiate High School: This program is a high school within the college. I have some friends in this program and who have successfully graduated and attained their high school diploma and AA degree. I know students enter from their sophomore year and take regular high school classes at the Collegiate High School currently located at the second floor of the SS Building in the St. Pete/ Gibbs campus. For junior and senior year, the students take college classes which will go toward the AA degree.

These programs are free if you qualify and classes can be taken in the various SPC campuses. So, to answer the second part of your question, you would not need financial aid. If you do not qualify for the free textbooks and the cost of them are a worry to you, there are some scholarships you can apply for such as Pinellas County School’s scholarships. Make sure you look at the Scholarship Opportunities link which is updated regularly.

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Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Academics | 0 comments

SPC Class Environment

SPC Class Environment

 

How was environment in your classes? Was it fun, boring, or sociable?

Dear Geri,

Most of my classes at SPC were a lot of fun. I found the professors to be dedicated to giving the students a good time while they learned. Classes at SPC are small which creates an ideal learning environment. In particular, I completely enjoyed the small class sizes because the professor knew my name and I knew all my fellow classmates. Compared to a big state school, where classes are packed with students by the hundreds, the professors only come to class and lecture, and the students only get to know the TA (teacher assistant), classes at SPC in my opinion are ideal for an immersive learning experience.

If you are looking for a fun, personal, and sociable learning environment, then SPC is right for you. Also, I never felt estranged at SPC. There was always a professor I knew and always had a friend or classmate to say hi to while walking around campus. There are, of course, those classes that are just plain boring and make you sleepy. Nevertheless, most classes are not. I remember there was only one class that I took that I could honestly sleep my way through it, but if I did, then I wouldn’t have learned anything.

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Need to Know | 0 comments

The Secret to Life

The Secret to Life

 What is the secret to life?

Dear Linda,

What a deep question. Personally, I believe the secret to a good life is to be kind to everyone. To pursue the greatest good, be thankful, and participate in random acts of kindness. My grandfather would tell you that the secret to life is love. I agree, love is important, to be loved and most importantly to love others. This love could be for that special someone or the love you have for your family.

Socrates in Plato’s Apology argued that the secret to life is for us to live an examined life. He explained that “an unexamined life is not worth living.”

By this he meant knowledge and the search for the truth, and to always pursue these goods which are intrinsic. I would go back to kindness. Nowadays, I find that to be kind is an under-appreciated virtue. Nevertheless, it is a virtue that can make all the difference in your everyday life. In the wise words of my grandfather, the one who gives always receives more than the one who gets.

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Student Life | 0 comments

Get Involved

Get Involved

Most of my classes are online (my program dictates that). How do I stay involved with my local campus?

Dear James,

If your program is mostly online then one of the best ways to stay in contact with the campus environment would be to do your work while on campus if possible. Go to the library or on the quad with your laptop. If you are looking for an immerse experience then try to be on campus as much as you can. I have mentioned this before, I spent more time on campus than at my own home and that is how I was involved. I found many things to do, clubs to join, and events to attend.

Another way to stay involved would be to have a strong commitment to something like a club or organization. You can join as a member or, even better, as an officer. Having a commitment on campus will tie you to the campus and to the school. This is without mentioning the friendships you will make.

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