Weekly Update: what you need2know

did you receive a notice that you're ineligible for financial aidIf you are receiving Financial Aid, it is important to enroll into courses that are required for your educational goal.  This means taking the right courses that fulfill prerequisites, general education, and major requirements.

Courses that do not apply towards your goal will be ineligible for Financial Aid.  You can still take the course, but it will not be payable.  As you enroll into courses, make sure to check eServices for any notices from Financial Aid.

If you receive a notice that a course is ineligible for Financial Aid, use the “decision tree” to find out your next step.

I know.  I get it.  It’s frustrating when your friend, cousin, classmate, brother, sister, or even your own mom (your MOM!) gets an earlier enrollment date than you.  So, in case you are wondering, here are enrollment dates based on participation in support programs, completion of units, and whether you are continuing, returning or new to SCC.
Los Rios registration dates
If your enrollment date comes up and the class (or classes) that you wanted are full, here are some things to consider:

  1. Get on the wait list…but not any wait list!  Find the wait list with the least number of students on it.  For example, why be #17 on a wait list if you can be #3 on another one?  Of course, you will need to be flexible with your days/times, but consider all sections of that same class.
  2. Sometimes the class that you really, really, REALLY need is not offered at SCC or conflicts with another class.  As a Los Rios student, you have the option to attend ARC, CRC, FLC, or SCC.  We want you here at SCC, but if we completely understand if you need to take one class at another campus.  If this happens and you are receiving Financial Aid, make sure to submit the Consortium Form.
  3. Is the class completely closed?  If a class is completely closed and there are no other options, check eServices every day (or at least regularly!).  The class may be closed today, but, if a student drops tomorrow and that spot opens up on the wait list, then take it!  Once you get on the wait list, continue to monitor your placement or status.  If students drop and you get officially enrolled, you will need to pay the fees.
  4. Every student gets a ONE time opportunity to enroll early (Priority 0.5) if the upcoming semester is the last semester for graduation and/or transfer.  Unfortunately, you cannot get this early enrollment because the classes you want always fills up.  When you are ready for this one-time early enrollment, you will need to meet with a counselor to review your transcript to make sure that you are on track for graduation and/or transfer.
  5. Let’s go back to #4…  If you plan to take a course at ARC, FLC, or CRC, be aware that not all courses are numbered the same.  For example, Math 28 at SCC is Math 20 at CRC and Math 25 at ARC.  Same course…different numbers.
  6. Look at other options for taking the same classes.  The English Department recently created an “accelerated” sequence for completing EngWr 101 and EngWr 300.  Now, instead of taking EngWr 101 in one semester and then following with EngWr 300 the following semester, students can now take EngWr 108 AND EngWr 300 together in the same semester!  Need more information on the course?  Take a look at the class schedule online and read about EngWr 108 and EngWr 300.

Quote: Success is never owned, it's rented. And the rent is due everyday.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 less than a month, the Spring 2018 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 few 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.

a man male student at Sacramento City CollegeDo 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!

link to more information about the career center

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

image of panther and quote about class scheduleCreating 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 April 30th to May 11th.  DO NOT – I repeat, DO NOT – wait until May 12th 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.

Click below for more scheduling tips:

link to tips for creating your class chedule

11Quote: Being nice costs $0There is nothing more unsettling than seeing a student launch a giant saliva torpedo in the middle of the quad or hearing another student use 50 curse words in the span of a 30-second cell phone conversation…in the bathroom stall next to you.

What’s even more disturbing is when students leave their mess all over campus and expect others to clean up after them!  SMH…

At Sacramento City College, all students are expected to behave and engage in “civility.”  Civility means being polite, courteous, well-mannered, and having respect – not only for yourself, but for others as well. 

Civility also means having academic integrity and honesty…it is knowing that when you put your name on an assignment, you are submitting work that you completed on your own.  At SCC, your professors will hold you to high academic standards because they know that you are capable of producing good, quality work.

The transition to college can be difficult, especially when you have just graduated from high school.  As a college student, you are expected to be mature, focused, and disciplined to reach your educational goals.  For many students, the first semester of college is always the hardest because there is suddenly a new found freedom that is completely different from high school.

You now make your own decisions:  it is up to YOU to follow your schedule, to keep up with textbook readings, to prepare for exams, and to participate in class activities.  And, depending on the decisions that you make, you can celebrate your successes (studying every night and passing your math exam) or own up to the consequences (copying someone’s answers and failing your math exam).

And lastly, be proud of your campus and help to keep it a peaceful and beautiful environment.  Doing even the simplest things can help:  throw your trash in the proper bins, refrain from using offensive language, keep the campus alcohol-free and drug-free, and don’t engage in disorderly or obscene behaviors (such as YELLING at the top of your voice and making your business everyone else’s!).  That’s not too much to ask for, is it?

Unfortunately, not following the “Student Code of Conduct” can result in consequences that will ultimately affect your education and future career goals.  Consequences can include: being removed from a class, placed on probation, or even expulsion (not just from SCC, but from all Los Rios colleges).

Sacramento City College prides itself in fostering a safe, supportive, and positive learning environment for all students…and we intend to keep it that way!

link to student code of conduct

The last day to drop a full semester class with a “W” on your transcript is April 15th.
Spring 2018 add and drop datesDropping 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! 
link to read the full article

Quote; Giving your best friend "the look" when your professor says "pick a partner"As a college student, your biggest focus is your academic success.  After all, you are here to create a future that includes the completion of a college degree and the start of an exciting career!

But, aside from academics, one of the best things about college is meeting new people.  And, sometimes, the people that you meet in your classes become your lifelong friends even after the semester is over.

These are the friends who will check on you if you miss class, will remind you about the big assignment that is due, and will meet you at the library when you need a study partner for the next exam.  Most importantly, they will be the ones in the audience cheering the loudest when you walk across the stage in your cap and gown!

So, aside from doing well academically and preparing for your future career, having a positive and balanced social life on campus is just as important.  Plus, it’s always nice to know who your classmates are and to spot familiar faces when you walk across the quad, sit in the cafeteria, or spend time in the library.

At Sacramento City College, there are lots of great opportunities for you to meet your peers and to participate in various activities on campus.  Throughout the semester, there are many events that students can attend for free – whether it is watching a special film or documentary, listening to a guest lecturer, participating in a cultural event, or joining a student club.

12 strategies on how to create a positive social experience at SCC

That moment of fear when you realize that your professor is asking a lot of questions and randomly calling on people to answer.MYTH BUSTER: So, tell the truth…how did you imagine your first college professor to be?  Were you expecting someone intimidating and unapproachable?

You were proven wrong, weren’t you?!?!

As you may have experienced already, SCC has the most down-to-earth, personable, outgoing, and enthusiastic professors who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

Hey…you might even think that they are C-O-O-L!  Some of your professors are probably on social media, take selfies, and use hashtags. #sccprofessorsarecool

(NOTE:  Even if your professors are active members of social media, it does NOT mean that you should search their names to “friend” or “follow” them!)

THE REAL DEAL: Your professors at Sacramento City College care about your learning experiences and want you to do your best. They strive to keep their classrooms as a positive environment where students and professors are able to engage in insightful, challenging, and meaningful discussions.  And, get this, many professors are actually former SCC students who have been down your same path and have chosen to return to their former campus to inspire students!

Whether you are a new or continuing student, there are certain behaviors, mannerisms, and actions that your professors expect from you in college. Some things are quite obvious – like do all your homework and attend class on time – but, surprisingly, many forget that college is a place where maturity, respect, and courtesy are expected from each student.

The four pages below include strategies and tips directly from your professors at Sacramento City College. Each comment that was forwarded was thoughtfully written with the best intentions to help students succeed in the classroom!

As one professor stated “College is a gift to yourself. Immerse yourself in learning, take it all in, and appreciate the time you have to come to school. It’s one of the only activities in life that is all about you.”

Thank you to all the faculty that participated in this activity!

Professors’ Tips #1      Professors’ Tips #2      Professors’ Tips #3      Professors’ Tips #4