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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Academics | 1 comment

Choosing a Language

Choosing a Language

 

Is sign language or french a better language to take?

Dear Janessa,

It really depends. I would say French, but that’s just my preference. Also, I took two semesters of French at SPC and my professor was absolutely fantastic, which only made me love the language even more!

I say it depends because it’s honestly influenced by the degree you’re completing, the career path you would like to follow, or the job that you want to land after you graduate. If you just learn a language for self-fulfillment, then you know my preference. Nevertheless, you should definitely consider what language works best for what career. For example, I study international relations so French was the most ideal language for me since it is the language of diplomacy. Also, fun fact, French is the language of the mail services. However, if you are contemplating a career in social service or communication such as in education, then sign language would be the best option. I have not studied sign language but from what I’ve hear, it’s an amazing language to learn.

Still, learning a language is such a fulfilling experience. No matter which one you choose to learn, it broadens your perspective and gives you an advantage in life.

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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Academics | 0 comments

Time to Study!

Time to Study!

 

How many hours per day do you spent on your study? What time to what time?

Dear Makara,

I like to think of myself as an organized person who has studying time perfectly scheduled. But this is not true, and honestly, I tend to procrastinate like almost everyone else in the planet.

I have to say that my studying time depends on the amount of work, assignments due, the difficulty level of the material, and, of course, if there is an exam approaching. On a regular school day, I usually do the reading before class and do the regular assignments. I don’t have determined hours dedicated to schoolwork, but deep down I’m a total nerd so I’m constantly reading or working on something school related. I would say about 3-5 hours a day, plus about three 90 minute classes a day. It sounds like a lot but honestly, college is a full time job. And plus, as you might know, there is always something due. I’m also a night person, so I mostly do school work at night before I go to bed.

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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Entering the Workforce

Entering the Workforce

 

What is life like after graduation, and how hard is it to enter the workforce?

Dear Landen,

The thought of life after graduation is constantly present in the mind of college students. There are many degrees and certificates at SPC, aside from the traditional Associate of Arts (AA), that are focused in allowing students to go into the workforce right after graduating. These are usually technical Certificates and Associate of Science (AS) degrees that are more hands on in a way and offer precise courses for the career. Rather than following the more traditional AA degree in which you would receive a liberal education. SPC also offers Bachelor’s degrees in an array of fields.

In regards to entering the workforce, that’s why we have the career services. The Career Services offices will help you enter the workforce. They have workshop and career fairs where possible employers are present and even before graduating you can start to make connections.

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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Student Life | 0 comments

Enjoying the College Life

Enjoying the College Life

What is the best way to get the most out of my college experience?

Dear Robert,

The best advice I can give you is simply to be there. The college experience is not only about academics but also about student life. To have the best college experience you must achieve a balance between both. Attend events such as quads, workshops, lectures, art shows, planetarium showings, and dance and theater performances. SPC offers all of these. Overall, what I’m trying to say is that to that key is to have fun and enjoy it because it goes by pretty quickly!

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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Academics | 0 comments

Math Can be Conquered

Math Can be Conquered

 

I’m really struggling with Math as an “adult” college student, I’m in lower level classes right now and really starting to worry about future math courses… “Will I be able to pass them?” is my first thought. Do you have any tips or advice on how to pass classes that seem impossible?

Dear Lauren,

Nelson Mandela once said that “it always seems impossible until it’s done.” It might look incredibly scary at first but is not that difficult, believe me.  I also started in lower level math classes and found them very difficult, and didn’t really know how exactly I could go on. First of all, from experience, I can tell you that math classes in particular actually get easier. Once you start getting in the rhythm of things, you’ll make connection and see how a formula that you’ve learned is applicable to this new problem, or how some rules stay the same in math no matter the level of the equation.

To answer your question, with great dedication, you will pass the class. Make sure you put as much effort as you can in them. Dedicate enough time for homework and find ways to constantly review the material. Take advantage of the free tutoring in the Learning Support Centers. Familiarity is key when it comes to math. You’ll never forget it if you keep practicing. I also recommend that you continue to take the math classes until the very end, without taking a semester off.

As a college student, you will find some classes are most difficult than other, whether the difficulty of the material or the amount of work. Nevertheless, remember Mandela’s quote and know that at the end it will be worth it an you will feel proud of your accomplishments.

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