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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 May 4, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

SPC One Card

SPC One Card

Hello Jeanice,

For the Financial Aid Grant that is putting back on your SPC One Card, are you allowed to use the money you receive to buy anything other than school related items ?

This is an excellent question! A very detailed answer has been provided to you by Financial Assistance Services at the college.

From the desk of A$KFA$, “After SPC deducts the amount owed for tuition, fees and any Book Line of Credit spent at the bookstore, the leftover amount from your financial aid disbursements will refund to a student’s SPC OneCard. The money should be spent on education-related expenses. There are lots of education-related expenses that arise over the course of the term – from transportation to and from school, to clothing, housing, and miscellaneous personal items.

You’re probably thinking, what does that really mean? Well, you could buy gas to go back and forth to classes or even pay your rent. Remember that by signing the FAFSA, you are certifying the following, ‘If you are the student, by signing this application you certify that you (1) will use federal and/or state student financial aid only to pay the cost of attending an institution of higher education…’

We would encourage you to not spend the money on designer clothing or a high-end car. Keep in mind that if you borrowed loans and that’s how you are receiving a refund, you’ll be paying back the principal and interest for a long time to come.  If you have received a refund this term and find that you do not have as many education-related expenses, consider lowering your loan amount next term.

If you have any questions, visit A$KFA$. Follow us at #spcfas.”

Hope this helped!

Destinee

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Summer Classes

Summer Classes

Are there two summer semesters? Can I take classes until June? And after that?

Hey Justin!

Summer semester includes a traditional 10-week term as well as two eight-week terms and an Express six-week term.

For Summer 2015, the traditional ten-week courses start May 18 and end July 23. The first eight-week term also starts May 18 and ends July 10. The second eight-week term starts June 1 and ends July 23. The Express six-week term starts June 15 and ends July 23. So in total, there are four summer terms.

It’s a lot of information to take in! Remember, if you need any additional information, feel free to see or call an academic advisor.

Here is a link with information on the upcoming summer term including registration details.

Best of luck!

Destinee

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Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

MyCourses Training Information

MyCourses Training Information

 

There is this new system “MyCourses.” Does one go do the introduction at a specific location or can one do it at the comfort of his/her own home?

Hello Norbert,

My name is Destinee Bullard and I will be assisting Maria with answering some questions on her blog. I am a second year student at St. Petersburg College. I am currently planning to major in Public Relations at either the University of Florida, Florida State University or University of Central Florida. I also work as an intern in the Marketing and Communications Department here at St. Petersburg College.

I understand that there has been a lot of confusion involving our new system, MyCourses. Since I started my academic career here at St. Petersburg College, I have always used Angel. The email portion of MyCourses is very different from the one some are used to seeing in Angel. When courses first started, I had to email my online instructor and I had the time of my life trying to find out how to email him! Come to find out, I have to go under the tab entitled “Communication” to see the listings of my teachers I can email. I learned that trick from an online tutorial.

To answer your question, no, you do not have to leave the comfort of your own home to learn all about MyCourses. You can simply log onto your MyCourses account and watch some very helpful tutorials on how to successfully access everything you need on the new system. You can also always call our Help Desk for any specific questions that you may have.

I hope this was helpful!

Destinee

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