What a week…

Wow! What a week, I feel like I’m the busiest I’ve ever been. I can’t believe this semester is already down to the last several weeks. I’ve found my time being consumed with more projects and already concerning myself with preparing for finals. I have also taken on additional responsibilities concerning work, which has been stressful but exciting.

This week has also been exciting with signing up for new classes. I love planning and figuring out what’s next to keep reaching my goals. I mostly love the planning part of this time of year. I have been known to help friends figure out the classes they need to take and the schedule that works best for them. I have found that it is so important to stay focused and organized during this time of year and at this point in the semester especially considering that the holidays are right around the corner. So let’s try to stay focused and finish successfully in the end!

What do I want to do with my life?

When I first came to MCC, I declared myself as a business major because that was “the smart thing to do”. However, I wasn’t really coming to school to learn business. I started college because I was bored with my life and wanted to learn something new. Just like many kids right out of high school, I had no idea what career path to pursue. MCC really helped me!

My first semester, I decided to take one Math and one English course. In my ENC 1101 course one of the assignments was to do a career research paper. The instructor strongly encouraged us to make use of the Career Resource Center (CRC) for our research. I’m very glad I did.

When it came to choosing a career to write about I had no idea where to start. Fortunately, the CRC has this program that finds possible career areas for you based on your personality and work habits. At first I figured “I’ve taken all those stupid personality tests before, they don’t really help.” But this one was different. It was really thorough. Most of the suggested jobs intrigued me.

Yet, this program helps you take it a step further. As important as it is to pursue a career in a field you enjoy other factors, like salary, are important too. This program allows you to really research what it is like to be in one of these careers including expected salary, hours, amount of travel and degree required. In addition the career counselor was a great help with all my questions and even offered to help me look for a job/internship.

After much research I decided to do my paper on technical writing. At the time this career made the most sense because it involved writing, which I love, and instructing, which I also love. I changed my major to English and have never looked back. Language is my passion!

That isn’t to say, however, that I haven’t changed

my mind about my career path. College is a time of discovery and trying new things. Becoming an English major was a great first step but it still has such a broad range of careers. There wasn’t enough creativity in technical writing for me so I decided to be a novelist. Writing a novel is a lot of work, without a steady income, so I decided to become an book editor. Editing didn’t give me the human contact I crave so I finally decided to be an English teacher. Being a teacher allows me to do all of the things I enjoy: instruct others, edit papers, write instructions (coursework) and help people… all while being immersed in the subject I love. Plus, I

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I still have decisions to make though. Do I want to teach preschool or college? Should I teach only English or become a linguist and teach several languages? Do I want to teach at a public or private school? Should I get my Doctorate or a teaching certification? Or both? I’m sure these questions will be answered as I pursue my Bachelor’s at MCC. I’m just relieved to know that I’m heading in the right direction thanks to the Career Resource Center.

Registration for Spring ’09!

It’s that time of year again…Registration for Spring 2009 classes starts Wednesday October 29th for students who have 30+ hours. If you have 0-29 hours registration begins Thursday October 30th. For returning students who were enrolled at MCC during Spring or Summer 2008 terms but not currently registered for Fall 2008- excluding transient students registration beings October 31st and for NEW students including transfer, transient, readmits and all others not previously registered for Spring 2009 registration begins November 10th.Online Web registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can register online at scf.edu and then click on My MCC. From there click on Student Services & Financial Aid . Then go into registration look-up classes to add to find the classes available. Next go to add/drop classes to enter the CRN number of the classes you want to take. It’s simple and fast! Also if you need to seek advisement you can meet with an advisor/counselor by calling, vesting or e-mailing the enrollment services office at advisor@scf.edu I have always found the advisors and counselors to be nice and helpful. They are there to help you and can help to ensure you are on the right path! Also another very helpful tool for determining the courses needed for your degree is the CAPP/Degree Audit tool (Check your Academic Program Progress). You can do this by going to scf.edu, click My MCC, enter your student ID (G00#) and PIN then click student services & financial aid, student records and then CAPP/Degree Audit. I love this feature and have found it to be very helpful in figuring out what classes and requirements I still need to fulfill. Good luck in registering for classes, and try to start on the first day of registration for your current status…classes fill

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Thankfully my husband is very understanding of my workload. Finding the balance between work, school and marriage has been difficult for me but very rewarding. I’ll be getting my AA this semester and so far I’ve managed to keep up my GPA. I’ll be starting next semester at USF. I’m really excited about moving on to a University but I’m sad that I’ll be leaving here. I love MCC!

Helping people is thrilling.

MCC Venice is having a thrilling event next Saturday at 2pm(Oct. 25th), sponsored by the Pop Culture club. A large group of students are gathering together, dressed as zombies, to participate in the worldwide event “Thrill the World.” The goal is to help break the current world record of 1,722 people dancing to “Thriller” at the same time. Proceeds from the event will go to the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center in Sarasota, which helps domestic violence and rape victims.

For more information, check out www.thrilltheworld.com. and http://www.sparcc.net/

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I encourage everyone to go out and participate in dance fest. It’s going to be a blast!

Update: The Thrill the World event was a blast!

Check out a video of it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0km6TbGk_0


I was recently inspired as I was talking with friends and co-workers about my future plans and goals. As we were sitting around talking, I began to get even more excited about what my future has in store…I’ve been thinking more about the

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Get involved!

In order to really have the MCC experience, you have to be involved in a club.  Clubs are a great way to get to know new people, learn leadership skills and participate in campus and community activities.  It’s also a great way to be able to explore new interests -without being graded on your progress.

For example, last year a professor encouraged me to join the Progressive Club.  I was a little hesitant because I didn’t know much about politics but I decided to join anyway.  As a member the first year my knowledge and interest grew.  Now I’m the president of the club!  I never would have imagined that I could come so far.  Now I have a real sense of accomplishment for all the things we’ve done as a club.  Plus being a club member looks good on your resume (and being president looks great) :)  I think that my active involvement had a lot to do with being accepted into several honors programs at private Universities. 

This year is very important for the Progressive Club because it is an election year. We are on a mission to educate students about the issues and encourage them to vote. 

On October 16th, the Progressive and Philosophy clubs will be hosting the movie “Freeheld,” which addresses Amendment 2 on the upcoming ballot.  This will be in the Selby room, 800 building, Venice campus at 7pm.  On the Bradenton Campus “Freeheld” will be shown in the Neel Performing Arts Center at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21st.  These screenings are open to the public.  We encourage everyone to attend, regardless of where you stand on the “Marriage Protection Act” issue.

Of course not all the clubs on MCC are political.  We have a broad variety ranging from academic and business to the Kendo and Pop Culture clubs.  For a complete list of clubs, please check out http://www.scf.edu/pages/317.asp.  Links to the clubs will be on the left hand side. 


Whether it’s before class, during or after I’m sure most of us find ourselves getting hungry while on campus. The Lancer Cafe has good food at a reasonable price and a nice variety…including a salad bar, sandwiches, pizza, etc. I have eaten lunch in the cafeteria a few times and all of my visits were good. I’ve never heard any complaints and the staff is always friendly.

One of the things I like the most is that they take debit cards, which is convenient and fast. The cafe on the Bradenton campus is in the Student Union (Bldg. 14) and they are open Mon.-Thurs. from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and Fri. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The summer hours are Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The cafe on the Venice campus is also in the Student Union (Bldg. 500). The hours remain the same as the Bradenton campus during the fall and spring terms, but the summer hours on the Venice campus are 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

I have found that the cafe is also good place to study in groups while grabbing something to eat at the same time.  Don’t forget if you’re in a hurry and just need to grab a quick snack there are always the vending machines which are accessible in many campus buildings year round. So stop in the Lancer Cafe and get some fuel for your brain!


I recently found out that a friend of mine from high school passed away in August. Suddenly, I am flooded with a keen awareness of my mortality. Life is so fragile. We tend to think that we still have years to do what we want in life. “Oh, I have plenty of time I can always do X later.” (Whether X is go back to college, or go skydiving, etc.) The harsh reality is that we simply don’t know how much time we have. So make every second count. Every time you see someone you love, tell them you love them.

I am also reminded of a few quotes and lessons I’ve learned from others in my life who have passed away.

“Do something, even if its wrong.” (Why?) “Because doing something is better than being nothing.” ~Grandpa Stuenkel

“You have a brain, use it!” ~Dad, encouraging me to think for myself, and not listen to the opinions of others.

“Seeing isn’t believing. Believe what you feel.” ~Chris Walker, who was physically blind, yet ‘saw’ more than I ever will.

“Love yourself unconditionally. Try to love others

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Je me souviens. I will remember

Ahh, midterms…

Let me start by saying welcome to MCC’s new blog.  I hope you all enjoy it!

It is midterm week and everyone is hitting the books hard.  In some classes this is the first real test and it can be nerve-wracking… especially if you aren’t familiar with the teacher’s testing style.  In my African-American Lit class the discussion was frenzied as we waited for class to start.  “Are the questions hard?” “What if I forget the author’s name?”  “Does the teacher give partial credit?” Pre-test jitters are normal, so here are a few tips to set your mind at ease:

Do your homework… even if it’s not graded!  Teachers don’t assign this stuff just to keep you busy.  Quite often doing the homework is the best way to prepare for a big test. 

Know what to study!  Getting to know the teacher’s style is crucial to studying for tests.  If you know a student that has studied with this professor before see if you can study with that student. They will often have insight into what sections or concepts are the most important.

Don’t overstudy! You’ll just stress yourself out.  Teachers often give you tools to help you figure out what will be on a test.  This might come in the form of a review sheet, quizzes or worksheets.  Just go over those tools and only re-read sections if you are having trouble with a particular concept.  Avoid the temptation of re-reading everything you’ve done so far that semester… you’ll just burn yourself out.

Eat chocolate!  Or do whatever calms you down before the test.  Indulge in a dessert (even for breakfast), listen to music or hang out with your friends.  Nerves can be your worst enemy.

During the test:

If you aren’t sure of an answer, use the process of elimination (for multiple choice tests).  A lot of times you can narrow it down to at least two answers – giving you a 50/50 chance of getting it right.

If you get stuck go to the next question.  Getting one wrong isn’t so terrible.  Not finishing is.

On essay tests even if you aren’t sure… write something! You might get partial credit which is better than no credit.

BREATHE…. Not breathing can be harmful to your health :)

Incidentally, I’m pretty sure I passed today’s midterm.  It’s time to celebrate. *party*