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Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Academics | 0 comments

Failure is Not an Option

Failure is Not an Option

How do you catch up on your work when you feel like you’re falling behind?

Dear Elondra,

Falling behind is never a good thing. It can be very costly, especially during the busy times like during midterms or finals week. The best advice I can give to you is to prioritize. If you know something is due next week, don’t wait until the very last minute. Also, don’t underestimate how much time you need for homework. I’ve made this mistake many times. Even if you think you only need 10 minutes to do something, it might actually take you all night and will leave other work unfinished and this can pile up.

If you feel like you’re falling behind because you are not getting something, then ask for help. You can either ask your professor or participate in tutoring at the learning centers. Professors are there to help you and most of them are more than happy to offer any assistance. Make sure you tell them if you do not understand a concept or something. If you are too shy to ask for clarification during class, then see them after class or during their office hours. Professors want you to succeed and they usually have advice for students who might be falling behind. Most importantly, they prefer it if you are enjoying their class rather than having stress from it.

Personally, I always ask for help. Whenever I feel like I’m falling behind, I just try to work through it by going to tutoring or asking my professors for help. The tools are there if you need them so definitely use them and don’t feel alone. College can be very stressful, hectic and can affect even the best and brightest students.

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Student Life | 0 comments

More Quad Events

More Quad Events

 

How can we get more quad events?

Dear Mike,

On each campus, quad events are planned by the Student Life and Leadership office at a campus. Most events are planned a couple of months in advance and it’s during the summer that the schedule of events for the school year is kind of finalized.

That being said, students can request more events like quad events by talking to the SL&L office or the Student Government Association. Feel free to attend a SGA meeting at your campus. When the chair in the meeting asks for comments or concerns, then here is your chance to ask for more quad events and even offer ideas. SGA works hard to please the students and they’ll really appreciate your input.

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Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Student Life | 0 comments

Joining Clubs

Joining Clubs

 

What club(s) would you recommend on campus?

Dear Alfred,

There are many clubs on campus. You should also know that the clubs vary depending on what campus you are in.

I would recommend you start looking at the clubs offered on the campus you’ll spend the most time in. For example, if you know you’ll attend the Clearwater Campus for most of your time at SPC, then join clubs there. I had the opportunity to be part of many clubs and all of my experiences have been very enriching.

The Honors College is one of the best college programs you can join. More than a club, it is a program for students who wish to have a more enriching academic experience at SPC. The Honors College offers research opportunities for students and scholarships.

Also, definitely consider joining the Student Government Association, either the Executive Board or as a senator. Phi Theta Kappa is also a no-brainer. As the honors organization for two-year colleges, with the right GPA, all students are exposed to countless opportunities and scholarships.

Most importantly, look for the clubs that focus on your major or career. If you are a nursing major and there is a Nursing Student Association, then join!

Clubs are essential to the college experience and are a part of having a great student life.

Follow Maria at #AskMaria.

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