Weekly Update: what you need2know

sign that says "Welcome to Counseling" and "Check in here."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 best time to do so.  Once the Spring 2017schedule becomes available, the Counseling Office becomes the most happening place on campus.

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!

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Don't stop because you are tired. Keep going because you are almost there.One of the most memorable events at Sacramento City College is GRADUATION day.

There is nothing more exciting than seeing – and hearing! – your family and friends cheer you on as you walk across the stage in your cap and gown. For many students, this is an end to a remarkable educational journey at SCC that required a lot of sacrifice, dedication, and hard work.  But it also marks the beginning of a new adventure – whether the next step is to transfer to a university or to jump into the work field.

Each year, hundreds of students are awarded an Associate Degree for successfully completing graduation requirements.  Being a college graduate is a huge accomplishment and it is truly a celebration at SCC!

As a new student, understanding degree requirements may get confusing, especially if you are not aware of the differences between general education, major, and elective courses.  Additionally, many students don’t realize that earning an Associate Degree does not mean that they are ready to transfer to a university.  (And, students who complete transfer requirements do not always qualify for an Associate Degree.)

If you are planning to transfer to a university (which we hope that you consider!), it is important to know which courses are UC or CSU transferable, when application deadlines are, and admission criteria for impacted majors.  Depending on your major and transfer campus, admission may be based on a competitive GPA.

The best way to learn about graduation and transfer requirements is to meet with a COUNSELOR. Counselors can be your biggest supporters in helping you achieve your educational goals.  They are available to help with academic, personal, and career goals.

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If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?As 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?


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…

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!  Click here to find out when, how, and where you can get your Student Access Card.

And, lastly, SMILE for the camera!

When 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!  {Step 1: Take a selfie of you at your desk. Step 2: Post the selfie with a comment that says “time to study.”  Step 3: Add a hashtag: #busyforthenext4hours.}

Finding the motivation to study can be a challenge, but, with already 4 weeks into the semester, missing one assignment can already 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.

Welcome 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 D2L!

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!

(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 (LRC 144) so that you can use public transportation for free.)

There are times when the number 3 is good.

For example, if you love ice cream, neapolitan has 3 flavors!  In the game of tic tac toe, the player who gets 3 “x’s” or “o’s” in a row wins the game.  And, if you’re a horse, achieving the Triple Crown is considered to be one of the greatest accomplishments in racing.

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.

Seriously.

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!