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Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Need to Know | 0 comments

SPJC or SPC? & Florida’s weather?

SPJC or SPC? & Florida’s weather?

Do you refer to St. Petersburg College as SPJC or SPC? Is Florida hot?

Dear Calvin,

To answer your first question and share a bit of SPC’s history with information I found in the college’s youtube channel: In June 2001, SPJC officially became St. Petersburg College (SPC) when Florida’s governor signed legislation making it the first community college in Florida to offer four-year degrees. On Dec. 11, 2001, the college received the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ accreditation to offer courses leading to bachelor’s degrees. Personally, I prefer SPC because it is what I have always known and because it is big and diverse college that offers many programs of study.

Regarding your second question, yes, Florida is really hot. I know this winter has been rough, just like anywhere in the rest of the country, nevertheless whenever I get asked this question I always say that Florida has two seasons, hot and hotter. Now that I’m enduring the cold DC winter, I really understand this saying. Please enjoy the beautiful Florida weather for me!

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Student Life | 0 comments

Campus Safety

Campus Safety

Hello Maria. And I’m a new student at SPC & my class recently did a paper on shots fired. How do obtain information in what measures to take should this situation arise?

Dear Daryl,

It is always important to stay informed and be prepared for any situations. Every year there are event on the different SPC campuses regarding campus safety awareness. There is a video on shots fires and a campus safety website with lots of information on what to do if such a situation were to occur.

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

A Successful Transferring Process

A Successful Transferring Process

I am finished with my AA this summer and I was wondering what steps so I take to transfer and how do I apply for loans or grants?!

Dear Alicia,

Good job! You are almost there! The fi22rst thing I would do is double check with your academic advisor to make sure you have all the graduation requirements completed to graduate. Also, equally as important is to make sure you have the prerequisite courses for your major that are prescribed by the university you wish to transfer to. Each university is different. Unless you are transferring to a public Florida university, where the transfer agreements are pretty similar, nevertheless, always double-check. Talk with your transfer coordinator from your next institution of higher education and discuss the process of your credits’ evaluation. Some credits may or may not transfer and it is your responsibility to stay on top of this process so that you can receive credit for all your hard work. If a class does not transfer it is usually because they need more info. This is why it is so important to keep the syllabi from college classes and keep electronic or hard copy examples of your academic work in the class. The best way to transfer is to have all your SPC requirements to graduate with your AA and all your major’s prerequisites so that once you start school again you will go right in the program and not have any prerequisites still left. So why am I making such a big deal of this? Well first, it could affect your financial aid. If you graduate from SPC but still need to take pre-reqs and would like to remain at SPC, then you would have to take classes as a non-degree seeking student which of course does not agree with the federal student aid requirements to receive financial aid. An academic advisor at any of the academic advising centers can help you ensure that you have all you need or not and are ready to graduate.

Regarding loans and grants, grants are more preferable because most grants you do not have to pay back. Preferably, look at the university and what they have to offer. When I was still applying to universities, I became the best friend of the financial aid offices. I asked about scholarships, grants, and loans. Most universities have both transfer grants and scholarships. Make sure you ask about these in particular. Usually they have a deadlines that you must be aware of. My advice is to stay on-track with this. It is a hard task but at the end it is worth it. Each case is different and every student is eligible for different things so becoming familiar with the scholarship/ grants applications is key. As a transfer student, you are still on time. Most applications for scholarships are not due until mid-Spring and early summer but use your time wisely.  Become the Financial Aid’s Office best friend. Let them know you are interested in any aid they can offer and I promise you they will make you aware of scholarships/ grants that were not mentioned on their website. With a little organization and a planner to remind you of dates and uncompleted items, you can have a pretty successful transfer process.

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Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Need to Know | 0 comments

GMS and Coca Cola Scholars

GMS and Coca Cola Scholars

 

Hey Maria! I’m attending St. Petersburg Collegiate High School and I am interested in applying to the Gates Millennium Scholarship and the coca cola scholarship. Would I be eligible for it since I am earning my AA degree along with my high school diploma? And what are your advice on how you earned both scholarships. Thank you !

Hello!

Great question! I wondered the same thing when I was applying to be a Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS) and a Coca Cola Scholar. As long as the credits you attained from college were taken as a high school student then there is no problem, it does not matter if you complete your AA degree either. I asked one of the GMS ambassadors and they informed me that these credits are counted as AP or IB classes and do not affect your eligibility for the scholarships, especially with Gates which only high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. With the Coca Cola Scholars and the other Phi Theta Kappa scholarships, these are specifically aimed for community college students who have to meet a determined college GPA and have completed a certain number of college credits. Make sure you read the directions carefully and if you meet the requirements, please apply!

I am still pinching myself that I was blessed with these amazing scholarships.  As a high school student, you understand that it is a lot of work, not only in academics but also outside of classroom with extra-curricular activities, and important community service projects. My main advice is to start early and do your research so that you have all the material submitted on time. When you start the scholarship application process you will find that aside from the actual application, letters of recommendations and filling the extracurricular activities section, there are a lot of essays to write. My advice to any applicant is to take your time on the essays. The evaluating team and essay readers will have the opportunity to get a picture of you through these essays so be sincere and proud to share your story. Make sure you read them a couple of times and have someone look at them for feedback. At the end, I do not think there is a precise formula for having the perfect application. As long as you put effort and take your time, your dedication will show through and you will stand out as an applicant.

 

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Need to Know | 0 comments

SPC recycles!

SPC recycles!

Is there recycling at the SPC College campuses? Can I drop off aluminum cans and newspapers? What about plastic bottles? (my girlfriend goes through a lot of the water kind) If so, where?

Dear Nick,

Recycling is awesome, and I’m so glad you are interested in taking a part and doing what you can to become a more environmentally friendly society. 1798585_3997167905226_1822883860_n

When you walk around campus, you might have noticed the blue, paper-only, recycling trash cans. These are all over the campuses. I know SPC’s color is blue, but we are a really green college. In addition to the paper-only blue recycling cans (which you can find in every classroom), you’ll also find recycling cans all over the campuses that are labeled specifically for plastic (water bottles :)), aluminum, glass and paper of course.

Hope this information is useful to you, and please continue recycling!

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