Is it hard to fit in to college at first or does it come naturally?
This is a fantastic question! College is a huge milestone in your life, and it is an important achievement in your academic career. It’s fun, exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time!
I can tell you from my personal experience, transitioning from high school was a big change for me but I quickly got used to it. I wouldn’t exactly say it comes naturally because it does take some getting used to, which I consider to be a good thing! To get myself more involved and used to the college life. I joined clubs and organizations on campus. Being in clubs on campus helped me connect and interact with other students on campus. By networking, I found it to be much easier to “fit in.”
My best advice would be just to get involved and get to know other students in your classes and around campus. Most importantly, enjoy yourself. College only happens once. Make the best of it.
I wish you the best,
Is it a big change from high school to college? And is going to SPC better than an institute?
I had the same worries as you during my senior year in high school. I was always so nervous about the transition from high school to college. I graduated from high school in the spring of 2013 from Gibbs High School. I started SPC that summer.
The biggest difference between high school and college in my opinion would have to be all the free time you have in college. Time management is so important in college. In high school, you have a set schedule that you have to follow everyday, all day. In college, you make your schedule so you might not have classes on certain days. Also, there will be no one to remind you to do your homework or to go to class!
College is the time to start transitioning into adulthood and become independent. I would say that is somewhat of a big change, but most certainly not a bad one. I actually think it’s a good change.
The best advice that I could give you about college would be to manage your time well, procrastination is a big no-no, join clubs and activities on campus to build lifetime connections and, most importantly, have fun and enjoy yourself.
To answer your question about whether to go to SPC or an institute, it really all depends on you and what satisfies your needs. Of course, I’m going to be a little biased and say SPC would be the better option due to all of the different degree and program options.
Have you ever been to the SPC Spring Ball? Do you know whether it is long dress or short? And is there a bar? Do you think it’s even worth going?
I have actually been to the SPC Annual Spring Ball once, my first year at SPC. I remember having the same questions as you have inquired about. Every year there is a theme like there is at prom. The theme this year is the ‘Roaring 1920s.’ Some like to dress to the theme, while others don’t. Either way is fine.
There were both short and long dresses worn at the ball. I just wore my prom dress from senior year and I fit right in! So, if you have an old prom or homecoming dress, those would work just fine. The Spring Ball is catered every year with delicious food, but there is no bar.
It’s worth going to the Spring Ball at least once. There will be a live band, DJ, food, dancing and most importantly it’s an event that’s free for all students! It’s also a good way to come out and meet some really awesome people. You will also get the chance to introduce yourself and mingle with the different campuses SGAs.
I hope to see you there!
How do i join a club?
Joining a club is a great way to stay connected on your local campus. It provides insight into campus activities, a way to network and a support system for your studies. And you’re able to make an impactful influence. There’s various ways you can join a club. Check out the previous post by Maria on how to join.
Best of Luck,
Which SPC campus has the best on-campus food?
What a great question! It’s all about the food right?! Well, honestly, I’ve taken classes on each of the campuses with the exception of Tarpon Springs, which means that I’ve tried all of their food. I really enjoy the Nature’s Table Cafe they have located at the Downtown Campus and EpiCenter. Nature’s Table has some very delicious menu items that are healthy for you as well, not to mention fresh baked cookies to die for! I also really enjoy the St. Petersburg/Gibbs and Clearwater campuses’ cafes. They both have delicious choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also provide students with a lounge area to eat and converse with peers.
Believe it or not, food is a very important aspect in college. You must maintain good grades, but who can do that when they’re hungry?!
Hope this helps and stay well fed!
Where do I go to sign up for a club?
There are lots of ways you can sign up for a club.
You can attend quad events where clubs are tabling and talk to the members to see what they do and if it interests you. You can attend SGA meetings at your campus where clubs give reports of their activity and talk to the club representatives to know their meeting times. You can also talk to your professors to see if there are any clubs for your respective major or career interest such as the Engineering Club or the Paralegal Society. There is a list of all the active clubs at SPC on the student life website.
Furthermore, if you cannot find the right club for you, you can even start your own. I wrote a post awhile back on how you can do that.
Hope this helps!
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