Weekly Update: what you need2know

Think back on the first day of the semester when you thought to yourself “Whoa…16 weeks is a long time from now!”  And then – fast forward! – here you are today still going strong and getting ready for finals week!

So why is it that many students dread the arrival of finals week?  Regardless of what you may have heard, finals week was not created to inflict punishment on students nor was it intended to cause great anxiety.

Finals week is a way for you to show each of your professors that you have paid attention the entire semester, that you took your studies seriously, that you understood the class discussions, and that you deserve that passing grade because you are prepared for the exam!

Your professors are NOT suddenly going to test you on a scientific discovery, historical event, or classic literary novel that you haven’t discussed or read in your classes!  Everything that is asked of you on your final exams will be information that you have learned in your classes.  For example, during your exam for Earth Science, you will not be asked to describe the economic theory of supply and demand.  But, if you ARE asked that question, you may just be sitting in the wrong class taking the wrong exam at the wrong time!  Ummm…please try to avoid that scenario from happening…

Lastly, having to take a final exam at the end of the semester SHOULD NOT BE A SURPRISE to you!  At this point of the semester, you should already be aware that a final exam is going to be part of your semester grade.  (Note:  If you ARE surprised at having to take a final exam, go back to your syllabus……..that information will most definitely be there!)

So, with that said, gather your textbooks, lecture notes, and previous exams so that you can start preparing NOW for finals.  And, once finals are over, you can sit back and relax before the start of the next semester!

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November 28th starts the first day of Priority 1 Enrollment!  If you are a continuing student, your enrollment date will be between November 28th and December 9th.

But, wait…

Have you recently logged onto eServices to find that your enrollment date has been changed to December 19th?  This means that you are in Open Enrollment.  Unfortunately, that is not a mistake; however, there is a possibility that you can submit a Reinstatement of Priority Enrollment Request Form to return to Priority 1.  But, be aware that you must meet one of the qualifications as listed on the petition.

Do you fall into one of the reasons below:

You have completed 90-degree applicable units.  “Degree-applicable” units refer to classes that are numbered 100 or higher.  For example, units earned in EngWr 101, History 310, Social Science 300, and Biology 100 count as degree-applicable units.

You can petition to return to Priority 1 if you are in a high-unit major.  Engineering, Science, Allied Health, and Computer Science are all considered to be “high-unit” because they are require sequential and multiple major preparation courses.  In addition to the petition, you will need to attach a current copy of your Student Education Plan (iSEP).

NOTE:  Do not wait to meet with a counselor!  Appointment and Quick Question time slots fill up quickly, especially this time of the semester.  Your iSEP must reflect that you are in a high-unit major.  If you already have an iSEP, log onto eServices and print out a copy.

You are on academic probation or academic dismissal.  Students are placed on academic probation if a 2.00 GPA is not achieved.  Academic Dismissal takes place if a student falls below a 2.00 for the third time.

You can petition to return to Priority 1 if you can demonstrate that you have made significant improvements.  An example of “significant improvement” is achieving a 2.00 GPA or higher.  In addition to the petition, you will need to attach a copy of your Los Rios transcript.

You are on progress probation or progress dismissal.  Students are placed on progress probation if half (50%) of attempted classes are not completed.  Receiving a “W,” “NP,” and/or “I” for half (or more!) of your courses affect your progress.  Progress Dismissal takes place if a student does not complete at least half of attempted units for the third time.

You can petition to return to Priority 1 if you can demonstrate that you have made significant improvements.  An example of “significant improvement” is completing more than half of the attempted units.  In addition to the petition, you will need to attach a copy of your Los Rios transcript.

You did not complete the entire “Steps to Success.”  All new students are required to complete the “Steps to Success.”  This includes the Online Orientation,  Assessment, and Student Education Plan (iSEP).  All three steps must be completed within a specific timeframe or you will move to Open Enrollment.

You cannot submit a petition.  As stated on the petition, “New, non-matriculated students who do not have access to priority registration because they have not completed the Steps to Success are not eligible to appeal.”

NOTE:  Once you complete all the steps, you can return to Priority 1 enrollment the following semester.  You do not need to submit a petition…just complete the steps!

For more information or to determine if you qualify for reinstatement into Priority 1, refer to the petition or stop by the Admissions Office located in the Student Services building.

Complete and submit the petition to the Admissions Office as soon as possible.  It could take up to 10 days for review of the petition and, by then, it may be your day to enroll anyway.

Lastly, do NOT (I repeat, do NOT) let Open Enrollment stop you from attending Sacramento City College or any college in Los Rios.  Many classes are still AVAILABLE even after Priority 1 and Priority 2 enrollment dates are over.  Additionally, you can get on a WAIT LIST and attend classes the first day of the semester.

How will you know if it's the right decision if you never make it?Since you started college, how many times have you been asked What’s your major?”  (Or, the other question might be “What do you want to do when you grow up?”)

If you’re like most first-year students, you may have shrugged your shoulders and blurted out that one word that no one seems to understand: UNDECIDED.

As difficult as that is for others to comprehend, that really could be the truth…you just don’t know what your major is and being asked that question over and over again isn’t going to help you decide any sooner.

Let’s face it:  Selecting your major IS a major decision!

So, what exactly is a college major?  Your major is the area of study that you will specialize in.  Sacramento City College offers majors such as: Accounting, Cosmetology, Licensed Vocational Nursing, Dental Assisting, and Graphic Communication.  There is also the option of completing transfer requirements to complete your major at the university level.  A counselor can help you to understand your major courses (along with the appropriate general education pattern) towards an Associate degree or a transfer path.

Although it may be your first semester in college, you should be actively researching your major of interest – and related career opportunities – so that you can start planning the required coursework to fulfill that goal.  While it may be okay to take general education courses during your first year in college, at some point, you will need to shift your focus towards completion of your major preparatory courses.  This is especially true if you are majoring in the sciences, engineering, or computer fields.  Many courses related to those majors are sequential and you must complete the appropriate prerequisites first.

Deciding on a major doesn’t have to be a confusing process…in fact, it can be an exciting experience!

(Additional major and career resources are also listed on the page!)

Do you remember your first job?  It might have been babysitting your younger siblings, delivering newspapers before the break of dawn, or washing your neighbors’ cars.

Ok…so you didn’t have to complete a W-2 or file taxes with the government, but it was such a great feeling when you were handed your first “paycheck” – even if the amount was only $10.

Now that you are all grown up, you are most likely preparing yourself to enter a CAREER after you have completed your college journey at Sacramento City College.  A “career” is far different than a “job”… a career is a long-term profession that you have chosen to pursue in your life through special training or education.  A career involves the use of the skills, expertise, and knowledge that you learned in-and-out of the classrooms.

Many students don’t realize that Sacramento City College has a CAREER CENTER!  The Career Center is a place where you can explore different career paths, use computers for career research, and browse through books that focus on specific career interests.  The Career Center staff can show you how to navigate through cool websites – such as the California Career Café and Eureka!

The Career Center is located inside the Counseling Department in Rodda North.

Today I will do what others won't so that tomorrow I can do what others can't.Here’s the scenario:  You have a 2-hour break before your English class begins and you decide to sit outside and play with the new Snapchat filters.  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 grab your backpack and head straight to the library to work on the assignment?  Or, do you decide to wait until you get through all the new filters 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 Fall 2016 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.

How well do you know about the AWESOME services offered by the SCC LIBRARY?  Let’s find out…

Question 1: You are assigned your first research paper in ENGWR 300 and you need help with citing sources. You want to do this correctly because you are NOT about to get yourself in trouble for plagiarism! Who can you talk to?

a. A Financial Aid staff member.
b. A nurse from Health Services.
c. A librarian at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC.

Question 2: You forgot your College Success textbook at home and you were planning to review two chapters before your quiz in an hour. What can you do?

a. Wait in the quad until you see one of your classmates and then ask to borrow the book.
b. Check out the book on reserve at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC.
c. Drive back home and grab the book…and hope that there is enough time to find a parking spot and make it to class on time.

Question 3: This is your first semester at Sacramento City College and you want to learn how to use the Library. How can you do this?

a. Attend a 50-minute Library Orientation where you can take a tour, learn about how to locate books, and get information on the various databases.
b. You just now realized that we have a library!
c. Walk up and down every aisle until you find what you are looking for.

(Here are the correct answers: Question 1: C, Question 2: B, and Question 3: A)

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The class schedule for Spring 2017 is now available online!

With Financial Aid changes taking place, it is important to enroll into the right classes that fulfill your major, general education, and electives (if needed).  Meet with a counselor to update your iSEP and to plan for the Spring 2017 semester.

Plan your work today and every day. Then work your plan.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.

Now that enrollment is starting, here are some things 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…in fact, you can complete it now.  You don’t have to wait until your enrollment date to do this.  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, financial aid, 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 November 28th to December 9th.  DO NOT – I repeat, DO NOT – wait until December 10th to enroll 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 general education and your major.  With “course applicability,” you will not receive Financial Aid for classes that are outside of your 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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The last day to drop a full semester class with a “W” on your transcript is November 15th.

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!