Weekly Update: what you need2know

Imagine that you are in class trying to listen to an important lecture and all you hear is gum-smacking, soda-slurping, and pencil-tapping from other students around you.

Annoying, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, turning around in your seat to give your classmates a dirty look won’t help – especially when they’re too busy to look up from texting!

As a college student, there are expectations from your professors and fellow classmates that you will behave in (and out!) of the classroom.  It’s not just about raising your hand or arriving to class on time; it’s also about being respectful, polite, and taking your education seriously.  No one wants to sit next to the person who is constantly falling asleep in class or taking selfies.

So, what exactly are unacceptable classroom behaviors?  Click on the box below to read more…

classroom behaviors 101

quote: you don't get the same moment twice in lifeAs a college student, you have a lot to remember!

Although your professors will help to keep you on track, ultimately, you are responsible for remembering what chapter to read, which exam to study for, and when to turn in your homework assignment.

How many times have you sat in the library doing homework only to realize that you were supposed to meet your study group in the Student Center over 25 minutes ago!

As the semester progresses, it will get increasingly difficult to keep track of everything, especially if you are relying solely on nothing else but your memory.

(NOTE: It’s not that your memory is bad, but how can you possibly remember everything that needs to be done in a week, a month, or an entire semester!)

Unfortunately, without some kind of time-management tool, you’re bound to forget something…and that something could cost you to fall behind in class, to fail an unexpected exam, or to lose points on an assignment because you turned it in late.

Most likely, with new technology being introduced every day, there’s probably an app to help you keep track of important deadlines.  But what happens if you lose your phone, the battery runs low, or you don’t have access to wifi?  You will have to find another way to stay on track.

So, what can you do?

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22nd Annual Transfer Day is Monday September 18th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Transfer Day is on Monday, September 18th!

Come out to the main quad to meet with 70+ representatives from universities all over the United States!

This is your opportunity to explore transfer options, to learn about admissions requirements, and to ask questions about your major.

Transfer Day is hosted yearly by the Transfer Center.  Visit their website for more information.

Quote: I'm hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That's what this world is about. Jay-ZWhen you look back on your entire day – all 24 hours of it! – how many of your activities are actually related to STUDYING?

Or, instead of studying, are you too busy uploading a picture on Instagram, recording a Snapchat, liking a post on Facebook, or responding to a Twitter comment?

So, here’s an idea…use social media to let everyone know that you are studying so that no one bothers you for the next 4 hours!

Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Take a selfie at your desk, at the library, or at one of the many tutoring labs that we have at SCC.  (NOTE: It has to be obvious that you’re actually studying, so make sure that you have at least one open textbook, paper, and a writing utensil…like for real!)
Step 2: Post the selfie with a comment that says “time to study.”
Step 3: Add an emoji – a positive image – like maybe the “thumbs up” or “smiley face.”
Step 3: Add a hashtag: #busyforthenext4hours
Step 4: Turn off all notifications on your phone…and STUDY!

It may seem easy, but, sometimes, finding the motivation to study can be a challenge.  With 4 weeks already into the semester, missing one assignment can set you back.

It’s time to Get your STUDY on!

But, remember, being able to study doesn’t mean flipping through your textbooks and highlighting sentences that you think might be important.

Studying means being able to concentrate, to understand what you are learning, to take notes, to jot down questions, to be enthusiastic about discovering new ideas, and to be able to quiz yourself on the material that you have just reviewed.

learn study strategies

There are times when the number 3 is good.

Here are some examples:

If you love ice cream, neapolitan has 3 flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

If you need to battle someone on who gets to make a decision, you can use the method of “rock-paper-scissors.”

And, if you’re a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, there are 3 main characters: Harry (of course!), Hermione, and Ron.

But, for the purposes of repeating courses, the number 3 is your limit!  (And that’s not necessarily a “good” thing.)

In case you didn’t know it, students are only allowed to take a class three times.  But, here’s the thing…we DON’T want you to take a class three times…we DON’T even want you to take it twice.  We want you to successfully complete each class at the very first attempt!

So, here’s what happens:  Every time you receive a “W”, “D”, “F”, or “NP” for the same course within any Los Rios college, those will count towards your three attempts.  Even if you attempted a course 6 years ago and received a “W,” that still counts.

If you have exceeded your attempts and still need to take that course because it is absolutely required for general education or your major, you will have to take the equivalent of that course at another college OUTSIDE OF LOS RIOS, such as Sierra College in Rocklin, San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, or Woodland College in Woodland.  Unfortunately, you will not be able to enroll into that course for the fourth time at ARC, CRC, FLC, or SCC.

For this reason, it will be important to create a schedule that you can manage and commit to for the next 16 weeks.  Also, you will want to familiarize yourself with FREE services to help you succeed – such as the Math Lab, Writing Center, or Tutoring Center.  Lastly, always be aware of the deadlines to drop classes (either without or with a “W”) on your transcript.

Quote: Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness. Kanye WestWelcome to Week 3 of the semester…already!

By now, you memorized your class schedule, signed up for your first tutoring session in the Math Lab, and remembered your password to log onto Canvas!

While it’s great that you’ve settled into a routine, there may be a few things that you are still unsure of.  For example, why does everyone keep telling you to get an “iSEP,” to complete the “FAFSA,” (it’s not too late!), and to pick up your “UTP?”

Can someone – anyone! – just tell you what those mean?!?!

At Sacramento City College, there are many support services to assist you…you just have to know what they are, how to access them, and where to go!  A great starting point to locating these services is inside Rodda North…just start at one end of the hallway and you will find the International Student Center, Counseling, EOPS, and Financial Aid.  And, just within Counseling itself, you will also find the Health Services office, Transfer Center, Career Center, Umoja-SBA, Puente, and Work Experience!

College is not a journey that you take alone…we are here to help you succeed!

list of student support services

(By the way, here are the answers to the scenario above:  You can create an “iSEP” with a counselor, get information about the “FAFSA” from the Financial Aid office, and get your “UTP” sticker from the Learning Resource Center (second floor) so that you can use public transportation for free.)

Quote: If you don't fall, how are you going to know what getting up is like?  Stephen Curry Golden State WarriorsSo, did you really think that you wouldn’t have any homework during the first week of the semester?

You were wrong, weren’t you?

Depending on the classes that you’re in, you’ve probably been assigned chapters to read, questions to respond to, and problems to solve.

If you need help with understanding your assignments, reviewing information, or just want to go over why it took you over 100 tries to figure out one math problem, then we know exactly who you should see: a TUTOR!

Tutors are students who have successfully completed different courses and are available to help other students who are now taking the same classes.

Not only is it free to access the Tutoring Center, Writing Lab, and Math Lab, but meeting with a tutor on a regular basis is a great way for students to build confidence with their classes, to learn new study skills, and to gain a better understanding of their assignments!

Tutoring is not just a service to help students who are struggling.  Many students who are doing well in their classes also sign up for tutoring on a regular basis to help maintain their progress and to strengthen their study skills.

Even though it is only the second week of the semester, it is not too early to sign up for tutoring!learn more about tutoring


The first disbursement (* see note below) for Financial Aid was on Friday, August 25th.

However, to receive your grant on this day, your entire Financial Aid file must be complete.  This means that all of your required documents were received on time and processed by June 26, 2017.  In additional to submitting all required documents, you must have been enrolled in courses for the Fall 2017 semester by July 24, 2017.  This information is posted under “Dates and Deadlines” on the Financial Aid website.

If you qualify for Financial Aid, please remember that your grant is to help you purchase textbooks and supplies so that you can succeed in your classes.  You probably have homework to do this weekend and having your textbooks will definitely keep you on track!

So, before you withdraw funds, there are a few important things to remember about financial aid.  For example, financial aid is based on ACADEMIC SUCCESS!  This means that you must complete each semester with a satisfactory GPA (2.00 GPA or higher) and with satisfactory progress (complete at least 75% of your courses).

If you are unsure of your Financial Aid status or need help with understanding the different forms, log onto your eServices account or visit the Financial Aid Lab in Business Building 153.

read more about financial aid

* NOTE: Depending on the number of units enrolled, you may receive one disbursement for Financial Aid. Only full time and three-quarter time students will receive two disbursements this semester.  The second disbursement is scheduled for October 28th, but, as noted above, all forms must be submitted and processed by the Financial Aid office.

Beyonce gets the same 24 hours in her day as you doYou’re here!

And, yes, we are just as excited as you are!

You woke up early this morning to find a parking spot, you arrived to all of your classes on time, and you waited in the long lines of Counseling, Admissions, and the College Store to take care of business!

Now you get to do it all over again for 16 weeks.  And, though that may seem like such a L-O-N-G time from now, it will actually go by pretty quickly.

Surviving the first week of the semester takes a lot of courage, patience, and determination:  COURAGE because starting college can be overwhelming, PATIENCE because trying to add a class or find an open seat can be frustrating, and DETERMINATION because – above all else – you are not going to let anything get in the way of your success.

Whether you are new to SCC or a continuing student, there are certain things that will need to be done.

Many of these things need immediate attention (like getting officially added into your classes) and some you can do in the next week (like attending a Library orientation).  But, don’t wait too long because you will soon be busy with homework assignments, preparing for exams, and reading your textbooks.

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How many times have you been asked for your “seven digits”?

NO, NO, NO – not your phone number, but your Student ID Number!

Throughout the semester – especially when you visit Counseling, Admissions, and Financial Aid – you will be asked to verify your student ID number.  Yes, we know that you are NOT a number and that you DO have a name, but the ID number is one way to verify that you are part of the Los Rios Community College District.

As an SCC student, it is important to get your Student Access Card.  The Student Access Card is one of the most important forms of identification that you will need to request information, to borrow books from the library, to make copies at the printing stations on campus, and to use regional transit – including the light rail and bus.

To get your Student Access Card and your regional transit pass, you must have a valid photo ID (No, your Facebook profile picture will not work!), be currently enrolled in classes (No, being number 7 on the wait list does not count!), and not have any outstanding balance due on your account (No, an “IOU” will not be accepted!).

Student Access Cards are currently being issued and, once you get your card, you can start using it right away!

August calendar for Student Access Card hours and location

And, lastly, SMILE for the camera!