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Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in About Maria, Featured | 0 comments

Hello World!

Hello World!

My name is Maria and, just like you are now, I was a student at St. Petersburg College. I graduated from SPC with my Associate of Arts degree. I was in the dual-enrollment program, which allowed me to take college classes while still in high school. Now, I’m a transfer student at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., studying International Relations and Theology. It is thanks to SPC, all the faculty and staff, that I am able to reach my dreams.

When I attended SPC, it was my life! I can honestly say I spent more time on campus than in my own home. One of the reasons why I loved being on campus so much was because of the resources available to the students. From academic tutoring and counseling to mentoring programs and workshops, SPC can provide you with tools to succeed!

It is also a lot of fun. American writer and artist Elbert Hubbard once said, “A school should not be a preparation for life. A school should be life.” Even though schoolwork is the most important aspect, don’t think that college is all about work. There are amazing opportunities to enjoy student life in every campus.

This blog is meant to help all SPC students and others who are considering attending SPC. Going to college is a major step for anyone. You might be right out of high school. You might be coming back to college to continue your education. Or you might even be in high school and taking college classes. Knowing about the right places to study on campus, the proper classes to take and the best clubs to join can make all the difference. The goal is to have the best college experience. Truly, SPC is the best place to start. I dare you to join me as we embark together on this journey of higher education.

Due to the number of questions that have come in over the past several months and changes at SPC since I graduated, two current students, Marilyn and Destinee, will also be answering questions on this blog. Marilyn and Destinee will share their expertise and experience as current students answering questions regarding things such as the new learning management system (MyCourses), newer clubs and much more!

This blog is divided into three categories: student life, academics and need to know. I will tell you all about SPC from an insider’s perspective. I’m here to help you, give you advice and motivate you! So please, ask me your questions!

Thank you,
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Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Academics | 1 comment

Summer Classes

Summer Classes

 

I plan on taking a math class during the summer semester. Do you recommend someone doing this if they struggle with math? I heard that summer classes work at a faster pace.

Dear Kristen,

You are correct. Summer classes do work at a faster pace. The material is condensed due to the time constraint, and the professor will go through it pretty quickly. That being said, I do not think as students we should restrain ourselves from taking a class based on a fear. I know what it’s like to feel like you will not be able to handle something before it even begins, so my advice is always to see how it goes. You never know, you might even like the faster-paced classes.

If you struggle with math, then the Learning Centers should become your new favorite place in the world. When I started taking the easier level math classes, I also struggled with math. Honestly, the entry-level classes are more difficult since you are looking at the concepts for the first time so I was a regular at the centers and really benefited from the tutoring. There you can ask for tutoring help so that you can review the lessons you covered during class or simply find a quiet place to study.

Good luck!

Maria

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

All thanks to SPC!

All thanks to SPC!

 

If you could have gone to any college on a full scholarship, would you still have gone to St. Petersburg? What other colleges did you apply to?

Dear Cokie,

I attended SPC not on a scholarship but as part of a high school program. I was a dual-enrolled student taking college classes while still in high school. What I can tell you is that it is thanks to SPC that it was possible for me to attain my scholarship. Part of what they looked for with the scholarship I received, the Gates Millennium Scholars program, was academic rigor as well as school and community involvement. While at SPC I was not only challenged academically and always aimed to do my best. I was also provided with the opportunities to volunteer and participate in extracurricular activities that fortified my resume when applying to scholarships or submitting transfer applications to other universities.

I applied to various universities, mostly to state universities in Florida but also to private out-of-state colleges. I mainly applied to the ones that had good programs in my field of study, such as The Catholic University of America where currently I am a student.

Maria

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Academics | 0 comments

Tackling Online Classes

Tackling Online Classes

 

Any tips for tackling online classes?

Dear Katie,

Online classes are not the most conventional but nevertheless they are very convenient. I wrote a post about online classes and how to be excited about them! From my experience of taking online classes, the best thing to do is to be consistent and keep a schedule. What I experienced from online classes is that it can be really easy to be lazy and procrastinate since you do not actually need to show up to class or look at your professor in the face if you did not complete an assignment. Still, online classes are classes where you are graded so you need to do the work.

Something I did that was helpful when having online classes was to take notes. Even though it was not necessary since most of the material was already written and well-explained and I could use a word-processor, I found that I learned better if I physically wrote things out. It also disconnects you a bit from using the computer all the time and it was helpful to keep notes of what the class covered for studying later.

If you are tackling many online classes I would recommend that you separate a consistent time of the day or times during the week to dedicate to your classes. By creating a routine, you will not be tempted to procrastinate nor slack off since you will be used to it. An advantage of online learning is that it permits you to work at your own pace, so you can complete your assignments as early as you would like!

Good luck!

Maria

 

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

School vs. Life Experience

School vs. Life Experience

 

What is better school or life experience?

Dear Larry,

Talking in philosophical terms, life can teach you many things. And something that I’ve always heard is how you can be book smart but not wise, which is something you can only attain through time and experience. Still, I would argue that school teaches you a lot of life lessons such as responsibility, for when you need to get your work done; interpersonal skills, for when you have to be social and ask your classmates about homework; acceptance, for when you get a bad grade; determination, for when you want to get a better grade; and perhaps the most important, patience, for when you are waiting for your professor to post the grades. The context does not really matter when you are learning these universals that are the same to everybody. They are still lessons that you learn and what better way than to learn them in safe place like school when it is the time to make mistakes.

Talking in more practical terms, such as learning a trade or craft, there are careers that require on-the-job experience. Nevertheless, in today’s job market it is fairly difficult to attain a good job with merely life experience. As the nerd that I am, I would say that school is better just because I like learning and getting life experiences in a school setting.

Maria

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