Weekly Update: what you need2know

I'm not here to be average. I'm here to be awesome.Around the 8th week of the semester, a fascinating phenomenon occurs on campus…

All of a sudden, the Tutoring Center seems a little more crowded than usual, students are forming lines outside of their professors’ offices to discuss their grades, and classes seemed to be filled with classmates whom you haven’t seen in weeks.

So, what’s going on around here?!?!?

The answer is this:  it’s time for MIDTERMS!

Once we hit the midterm (and, yes, it’s here already!), students get a wake-up call that it’s time to get focused, busy, and back on track.

For some students, this means making drastic changes with their study behaviors in order to successfully complete the second half of the semester.  It means no more missing classes, no more incomplete assignments, and no more distractions with social networking or the internet! 

But there is some great news despite the “midterm madness” going on.  For many students, midterms is the time to shine!  It’s the time to show your professors that you have diligently read your textbooks, completed your homework, and participated in study groups with the end result of acing those midterms!

While not every class that you take will require a midterm, it doesn’t mean that you can sit back and relax.  This is an ideal time to re-evaluate your goals, to prioritize what is important to you, and to strategize on how you are going to finish the next 8 weeks.  (Yes, after this week, there are only 8 more weeks left!)

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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 “same day” 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 Summer and Fall 2018 schedules become 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!

Click below for tips on how to…

Yellow box: Prepare for your counseling appointment!

NOW (yes, NOW!) is the BEST time to meet with a counselor! We’re almost at the halfway point and, once the new schedules become available online, the Counseling Department will be even busier.

If you haven’t met with a counselor and need to update your educational plan, stop by Rodda North 147 to schedule an appointment.

Quote: College is nice. You can wear the same shirt two days in a row...#late post

(It’s really Week 8, but here’s the post for Week 7 for your reading enjoyment!)

Do you remember the first week of the semester when your adrenaline was pumping from the excitement of starting college?

You had everything planned out…you cut back on your work hours to focus on school, you organized your room to provide an ideal study environment, and you refrained (or at least gave it a good effort!) from social media until your homework was done!

If you still feel this way, then good for you!  Keep up the great work!

If you don’t feel this way, then it’s time to get back on track.  You’ve been recruited to the Need2Know Boot Camp!

In this boot camp, you are your own trainer, your own coach, your own drill sergeant because, when it comes down to it, motivation has to come from WITHIN yourself.  Sure, you can have your family, friends, co-workers, counselors, professors, and classmates cheering you on, but there is only so much that others can do to build your confidence.  You have to believe in yourself first!

Boot camp starts now!

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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: Mirror mirror on the wall, I'll always get up after I fall. And whether I run, walk, or have to crawl, I'll set my goals and achieve them all.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.

Click on the box below for information on:

How to meet with a counselor

Two students standing in the quad in front of shops selling cultural itemsOn any given day at Sacramento City College, there is an event (or two!) that you are invited to attend for FREE!

This can be a study skills workshop from the Tutoring and Learning Skills Center, an application workshop from the Transfer Center, a performance in the Cultural Awareness Center, or music in the quad sponsored by Student Leadership and Development.

Of course we don’t want you to miss class to enjoy these events, but take a look at the college calendar to find out what’s coming next!

Remember, attending a college event is a great way to learn about campus resources and to meet new people!  Click here to view the SCC Events Calendar!

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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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.

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Did you know that there are hundreds of dollars that are generously donated to the SCC scholarship fund every year?

These donors include former students, current staff, faculty, and administrators, community members, and local businesses who want to see SCC students achieve their educational goals.

But, sadly, many students don’t realize that scholarships are available and that everyone is encouraged to apply!  Selection is NOT based entirely on financial need.

You are eligible to apply if…
1.  You have successfully completed 12 units by the end of Fall 2017 at SCC
2.  You are currently enrolled in 6 units for the Spring 2018 semester at SCC

Aside from that, you will need to submit a scholarship application, one letter of recommendation, and search for scholarships that you qualify for!  You can apply for up to 10 scholarships.

learn more about SCC scholarships