Where have you been? (04/22/15)

Remember the end of last semester when you stood in line outside the Counseling Office only to discover that all of the “quick question” slots were filled and that the next appointment wasn’t until 2 weeks away?

You vowed that you would never put yourself in that situation again…EVER!

So, where have you been?!?!  Counselors have been waiting for you!

If you haven’t met with a counselor, this is the right time to do so!  Next week, Priority 1 enrollment begins and you will find yourself in the same situation that you were trying to avoid in the first place.

SCC counselors are here to assist you with understanding the path you will take to reach your educational goal.  They want you to take the right classes, in the right sequence, and at the right time!

Click below for tips on how to…

Weekly Post #13 (04/19/15)

Here’s the scenario:  You have a 2-hour break before your English class begins and you decide to sit outside and enjoy the new music on your iPod.  Minutes later, you receive a text from a classmate and panic sets in: “WAYD?  That writing assignment was 2M2H and it took me 4EAE to finish it!  Did U get the HW done?  CYA in class!

(Translation: What are you doing?  That writing assignment was too much to handle and it took me forever and ever to finish it!  Did you get the homework done?  See you in class!”)

Now here’s the dilemma:  Suddenly it sinks in that you have a writing assignment due in a couple of hours and you still have to read two chapters to get started.  Do you turn off your iPod, grab your backpack, and head straight to the library to work on the assignment?  Or, do you decide to wait until the next song is over to figure out you are going to do?

Here’s a suggestion:  Just Do It Already!

Unfortunately, procrastination often has a negative affect on your grades.  If you turn in an assignment that is poorly written, has no thought or focus, and is only half completed, you will inevitably lose points…or get no points at all!  When you hold off on doing important assignments until the last minute, chances are you are not producing your best work.  Procrastination can be a big source of stress, especially when you are enrolled full-time and you are constantly trying to catch up with multiple assignments at the last minute.

In about a month, the Spring 2015 semester will soon be over.  Here are some important tips to consider for the remainder of the semester:

• Remember the syllabus that every instructor gave you at the start of the semester?  Hopefully you have been keeping up with your homework, projects, and exams.  (You shouldn’t be surprised if you have an exam next week…check your syllabus…the information is probably there!)  Procrastination happens when you think you have more time than what you really have!  The next four weeks will go by quickly, so get started early on your assignments.

• Depending on which classes you are enrolled in, some instructors will assign a big project, presentation, or portfolio due at the end of the semester which may be worth more points than the average exam or homework.  This big assignment can make a significant impact on your grade depending on how you do!  If you have questions or need help, then ask for it!  Not knowing how to get started on an assignment can result in procrastination.  If you need to, make an appointment to meet with your professor so that you can get some tips on how to get started.

• Don’t give up!  A student’s life – especially if there are additional factors such as work and family – can be overwhelming at times.  But, you have made it this far…and that is a lot to be proud of!  Unfortunately, procrastination can kick in when you are too busy doing everything else…and, before you know it, your homework gets pushed aside with the thought of “I’ll do it later.”  As you plan your schedule next semester, it is important to create a balance with school, work, and family responsibilities.

• Avoid distractions at all costs.  So, you made it to your desk with every intention to study until your cell phone alerts you that you have been tagged in a Facebook post.  You tell yourself to ignore it, but, 1.875 seconds later, you are logged on Facebook and commenting on the post .  Aaargh!  Social media can be a huge distraction to your studying, especially if you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.  If you really need to post something, post this:  “Hey!  I’ll be studying for the next few hours so don’t anyone bother me.  I want that “A” on my next exam!  TTYL!”

and lastly,

• Be confident and motivated.  Procrastination can be a problem when you start to doubt your abilities to succeed.  When you start to imagine the worst of things – like failing an exam or messing up on a project – your self-confidence can take a plunge.  Instead, focus on the positive things – like how studying hard for an exam will help you to receive a passing score or how putting extra effort into a project will get you a great grade – so that you are motivated to do your best work.

Additional links:     Procrastination and Procrastination and Motivation

To drop or not to drop? (04/14/15)

The last day to drop a full semester class with a “W” on your transcript is April 19th!

Dropping a class is a big decision…and a difficult one.  Your semester may be going smoothly and then suddenly – when you least expect it – life happens.

Students drop classes for many reasons…sometimes for reasons even beyond their control and sometimes when they don’t want to – but have to.  Though you may need to make some changes with your iSEP (education plan), your goal is still within your reach.

Before you drop a class, there are a few questions to ask yourself so that you make the best decision.  For example, how will dropping the class affect you or is there a possibility that you may be able to improve your grade before the end of the semester?  It may be helpful to meet with your professor or with a counselor to discuss your options, but, ultimately, the decision is one that you will make on your own.

And remember this: dropping a class is NOT the same as dropping out of college! 

Weekly Post #12 (04/13/15)

Creating a new class schedule requires careful thought and planning.

For example… You can’t just enroll into Calculus without qualifying for it on the math assessment test, you can’t ignore course sequences and jump directly into Plant Biology, and you can’t decide that you are eligible for an Air Conditioning class if you haven’t completed all of the MET prerequisites.

Well, you can…but you’ll just get dropped from class.

Now that it’s registration season, here are some tips to consider:

• Give yourself plenty of options because classes fill up quickly.  Perhaps the 9:00 a.m. writing class that you wanted is full, so consider other times during the morning, afternoon, and evening hours.  This means that you may have to shift other classes around, but be flexible with your schedule.  But, remember, being flexible with your schedule also requires COMMITMENT!  For example, if you decide to enroll in a 7:00 a.m. class, you must make a commitment to attend that class at that time for the next 16 weeks.  Your other options may include attending classes at the West Sacramento and Davis centers, but make sure to plan your transportation before the start of the semester.

• Know that you will have a HOLD on your record if you do not complete the Supplemental Enrollment Form.  DO NOT PANIC!  The Supplemental Enrollment Form is required to update your personal and academic information.  It is easy to complete and takes just a few minutes.  You must complete this form every semester.  If you need assistance, please go to the eServices lab located in Business Building 153.

(Note:  Aside from the Supplemental Enrollment Form, check for additional holds such as academic dismissal or library fines.  Find out immediately what steps are needed to clear these issues!)

• Log onto eServices to look up your specific registration date and time.  If you are currently attending SCC and you plan to continue next semester, you will have Priority 1 registration.  This means you will be assigned a registration date and time between April 27th to May 6th.  DO NOT – I repeat, DO NOT – wait until May 7thth to register because classes fill up quickly!  And, if you find that your preferred class times are closed, make sure that you have given yourself options (refer back to strategy #1).

• Select classes based on recommendations from your counselor…not from your BFF.  Sometimes taking classes with people that you know is comforting, but are those classes necessary towards your own educational goal?  For example, if your major is Accounting, do you need to be enrolled in Receiver Circuits with your friend whose major really happens to be Electronics Technology?  Sure, that course may seem interesting, but is this same friend going to take Managerial Accounting with you as well?  Also, do NOT enroll into a class just because it is open.  If you are receiving financial aid, it is important that you enroll into classes that are required for your educational goal

• Remember…you have to PAY to STAY!  And we definitely want you to stay!  After enrolling into your classes, please remember that you only have 14 days to pay your fees (unless you have a fee waiver) or you will be dropped.  And, once you are dropped, you will have to re-enroll into your classes…which, most likely, will have closed by then!

In the end, it is up to you to create a schedule that supports your goal, that fits around your obligations outside of school, and that is manageable for the next 16 weeks.  Unlike high school, your classes are not pre-selected for you…you have the choice to attend classes as early as 7:00 a.m. or as late as 7:00 p.m., you have the choice to attend SCC part-time or full-time, and you have the choice to take courses that meet general education, major, and/or electives if needed.

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Cheating and Plagiarism (04/08/15)

There are occasions when we “cheat” and, fortunately for us, the impact of it isn’t that big of a deal. For example, we have all cheated on our promise to eat more healthy…we open the freezer with a spoon in hand and pull out the chocolate chip ice cream.

But, then there are times when we CHEAT and the outcome is significant…it changes our lives and the paths on which we were once headed. An example of this is cheating in college or engaging in plagiarism. Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated at Sacramento City College nor is it acceptable behavior at any institution.

What is cheating and plagiarism?

Cheating can include any of the following behaviors: copying a classmate’s homework, sneaking in notes or using your cell phone to look up answers for an exam, or asking a classmate for the answers.

Plagiarism is using the words or text of another person without properly citing the work. An example of this is copying and pasting information from the internet for a research paper without making any references to the original author.

Cheating and plagiarism are both considered academic dishonesty and the consequences are serious: getting an automatic “F” on an assignment or test, being dropped from a class, losing a scholarship, being pulled out of a special program, or getting suspended…and not just from SCC, but from the entire district!

So, if you value your education, don’t cheat! Don’t jeopardize your education – or someone else’s – because you decided to copy an exam or assignment. But also know that these academic policies are in place to protect your rights and privileges as a student.

Click here for the brochure on the Student Standard of Conduct.

New Students: Do NOT lose your priority registration! (03/25/15)

Did you know that all new students are required to complete the “Steps to Success?”  The three steps include: 1) Orientation, 2) Assessment, and 3) iSEP.

If you do NOT complete these three steps, you will lose your Priority 1 enrollment.  This means that you will be placed in Priority 2 enrollment for the upcoming Fall semester.  The following semester, you will be placed in Open Enrollment if you have not yet completed the mandatory requirements.  Open Enrollment is after Priority 1 and Priority 2.

In order to keep Priority 1 enrollment, you must complete all three steps BY APRIL 1, 2015:

Orientation:  Complete the Los Rios online orientation to learn information about student support services, college terms, rights and responsibilities, academic expectations, and enrollment fees.

Assessment:  Complete the Math and English or ESL (English as a Second Language) assessments.  Visit the Assessment Center website for the test schedule, study guides, and instructions.

iSEP:  Meet with a counselor for help with selecting the right classes and to complete an iSEP.  An iSEP (student education plan) is your “roadmap” to keep you on track toward your goals.

These three steps are tracked on your eServices account, so log in to check if you are missing any of the requirements.  Click on the tab that says “Steps to Success” and look for this box at the top of the page:

As you complete each requirement, a checkmark will be placed in the box.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

These requirements are for NEW STUDENTS only.  Students who were enrolled in Los Rios before February 1, 2014 do NOT have to complete the “Steps to Success.”  (But, of course, it’s helpful to do them anyways!)

Meet with your professor! (03/19/15)

Imagine this scenario…

Your College Success professor has assigned a presentation and your topic is “utilizing support services on campus.”  As you gather information, you have questions about how to organize your presentation and whether or not you are following the instructions correctly.  Unfortunately, your class doesn’t meet again until next week and you want to finish your outline this weekend.

Question:  What do you do?

Answer:  Meet with your professor during office hours!

Earlier this semester when your professors extended an invitation for you and your classmates to meet during office hours, they weren’t kidding!  Your professors set aside this time every week so that you can ask questions about homework, get feedback on assignments, or get information that you may have missed during a lecture.

Unfortunately, many students pass up the opportunity to meet with their professors because they are embarrassed about discussing their progress, think that their professors are too busy, or are too nervous to ask questions.  But, in reality, your professors are there to help you succeed.  They want you to ask questions so that you understand the topics that are discussed in your classes.

Get an INTERNSHIP! (03/11/15)

Have you successfully completed core classes related to your major?

If so, it’s time for you to start thinking about an INTERNSHIP!

As a college student, one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the job market is to gain hands-on training within your major.  By getting involved in an INTERNSHIP, you are learning what it takes and what it’s like to work in a particular career.

Regardless of what you’ve heard, interns are highly valued in the workplace.  You are NOT going to be asked to pick up coffee for the entire office, you will NOT be asked to pick up your supervisor’s children from school, and you will NOT be scheduled to work 10-hour days!  The staff and faculty in the Work Experience and Internship Office at SCC will make sure of that!

By starting the internship process NOW, you will have plenty of time to work on your resume and cover letter.

Visit the Work Experience and Internship Office inside the Counseling Department in Rodda North.