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Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

High School vs College

High School vs College

 

Is college easier than high school??

Dear Kalie,

To tell you the truth, it depends. What I have found is that in college the work load is less but the work you are doing is far more substantial.

In high school you might have 40 problems to do for each class for math, which means every night. This was my situation in high school algebra. In college, you might have homework of 20 math problems or a short essay answering one prompt. The difference is that, in high school, you did the same math problem over and over again. In college, all the 20 math problems are different and train you in a different term or steps.

What I’m trying to say is that it’s not that it is hard but maybe more challenging work that gets you to think more critically. If anything, you do have to pay more attention in class.

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

The Idea for Ask Maria

The Idea for Ask Maria

 

Who came up with the idea for this blog service? I think it’s a wonderful idea.

Dear Nicholas,

After I graduated I had the privilege of working for the summer before moving to DC in the Office of the President. The Communication Department told me about this idea of having a student who was widely involved at SPC do a question and answer blog to provide information to current or future students.

I thought this idea was brilliant since it is very different to hear information from a counselor or professor and then hearing it from a student who already has experienced some things and can give another student valuable advice. It is such an honor to do this blog! I can share all of my past experiences and hopefully help other students who are wondering about things that I have already figured out. It is all about students helping other students!

 

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Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Advice for All Students

Advice for All Students

 

If you had only one thing you could advise to an incoming student, what advice would you provide for them?

Dear James,

My one piece of advice would be to enjoy this experience!

It is fun to be a college student. Although the work can get overwhelming and some course work might be challenging, it is also a time to learn new things and make mistakes! I cannot emphasize enough the privilege of being at college and being engulfed with new ideas, meeting new people and preparing yourself for the world.

What I found most exciting at SPC was the help, encouragement and effort to assist students in finding their way. The best thing any student can do is to enjoy this ride!

 

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Student Life | 0 comments

Clubs: Get involved at SPC

Clubs: Get involved at SPC

 

I am a first-time college student and a first-time online student. I am a stay at home mom and am wondering which if any clubs or other school activities would be best for me to join?

Dear Kathleen,

As a first time college student, it is important that you look into becoming involved. Why is it important? Because it introduces you to and involves you in communities. You gain not only fellowship but also great friends who can share with you the college experience, the good and the bad of it all.

First, start looking at clubs that interest you based on your major. These student organizations can help you in your career discernment. As you become involved, even if you are an online student or a non-traditional student, opportunities will come your way to become even more involved. The most important and even the most difficult step is to start and become a member.

Whether it is Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa, the Art Club, or Ethics in Action, start by introducing yourself and attending their meetings. The rest, honestly, becomes so much easier. For reference, you can go through the list of clubs at SPC.

Hope this helps,

Maria

 

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Academics | 0 comments

Registering for Summer Term

Registering for Summer Term

 

When can I register the earliest for summer classes of 2015-2016?

Dear Carol,

Great question! You can start registering Wednesday, March 25, for the 2015-2016 summer terms.

Just so you know, the summer term dates are:

May 18-July 23: Traditional 10-week term and online classes

May 18-July 10: First 8-week term

June 1-July 23: Second 8-week term

June 15-July 23: Express 6-week term

You can always refer back to the college’s website for more information.

Maria

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