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!
During my last year at St. Petersburg College I spent time volunteering as a tutor at the college’s Learning Support Center and Writing Studio. I tutored both in Spanish and French. It was a great learning experience, being able to help students with their language classes. It also made me realize how much I love languages.
So, I thought, what better way to show my love of languages than for this blog to be bilingual! This blog has an option that translates all content to Spanish. So feel free to send me questions in Spanish!
I also want to emphasize how languages are a big part of college. As a student who is continuing her education in Washington, D.C., I have had the opportunity to meet and converse with many international students in their native language. Speaking another language opens many doors. You can meet people and travel abroad with more confidence, knowing that you will understand if someone speaks to you. Every language is different but, once you break the barrier of learning the second language, moving on to another one is so much easier.
I took French for two semesters just because I love the way it sounds. Learning a language is a great way to bolster your resume and give you a broader world perspective.