If you’re like me and the other 99% of the world population there are often times when you get hungry. My high school graduation was a great moment since I told myself I would never try High School food again. Needless to say, High School left me with a negative outlook on school food. However, once I discovered the Lancer Café at MCC, my perspective on the matter changed drastically. I can actually remember the first time I approached the cafe lady.
“Well hello there, young man! How can I assist you today?” She asked.
“W-well, I’m sort of new and I don’t know where the line starts…” I spat out nervously, realizing how novice I sounded.
“Well you order here, and then get rung up over there. Our specials are: this, this, and this. I would recommend…..THIS, made by yours truly.” she said with a big warm smile.
“Then I’ll have that!” I said.
She was very helpful and made me feel right at home. Moments later, after being rung up an the register, I took my first bite of what was then “The Meal of the Day”. All of a sudden, I could taste a gallimaufry of flavors, seasonings and spices that I had never experienced in school… maybe Carrabba’s, but never school. So if you feel that school food deserves a second chance, I would highly recommend trying the Lancer Café located in Buildings 14 and 500, The Student Union. Since then, I have become a frequent client there. If you’re lucky, you might even meet my favorite lunch lady (who’s name I cannot disclose for privacy issues), but one thing is for sure, it’s hard to eat only once.
I remember my first semester at MCC. I’d selected four classes and felt a little in the dark over which ones I needed for my degree. At the end of the semester I went to see a Student Development Advisor to ask for help on classes for the following semester. I came to find out that most of the classes I took I didn’t need to take! Granted, I did change my degree after semester two… but I should’ve gone to visit the Advisor before I started my first semester.
The Advisors are located in buildings 1 and 100 - the same place you go to register as a student. They help you with choosing your classes in order to graduate in your major. They also help you to choose your major when you’re unsure, as well as electives you may enjoy even if you’re fulfilling a liberal arts degree. Another extremely helpful thing is that they can look into the University you plan to attend next and make sure you take the proper classes for a smooth transfer!
One last word of advice on the subject is that you need to visit the Advisor every semester! You can even visit them now to plan for next fall or summer courses. They may be quietly stashed away in the Student Services Buildings but they can do so many things for your future career.
I’m sure many students agree that math isn’t exactly their favorite subject. It definitely isn’t for me! I’ve always struggled in math which is one of the main reasons why I’m not very fond of it. I started with 0012 here at MCC which seemed easy enough and I was very happy to get a B. I then moved on to 0024 which wasn’t so bad either and was happy I passed with a C. These past couple of semesters have been especially hard concerning math because I am now on my third attempt in 1033. This has caused me much stress, aggravation and not to mention money…So this semester is my third time and it seems to be going very well so far. I just took my first test and I feel very confident about it!
You might be thinking… wow, she must be a bad student or I can’t believe she’s posting this to the “blog world” but that’s not the case at all. I would like to think I’m a good student and in all of my classes I have always studied and done my homework. It was my test scores that usually hurt me in the end… so even though I studied and practiced I didn’t always get the result I wanted. I’m not ashamed to talk about this because I honestly know I tried my hardest and I’m going to continue to try until I succeed! I also know that I am not the only student that has problems in this area. So to all of us that struggle in math… don’t give up. I promise eventually it will click as it finally is starting to with me. I have been fortunate to have some awesome math teachers here that I am very grateful for and the other staff in the math department have also been very helpful during this journey. I will definitely keep you all posted on my progress in this area seeing that it has affected me a great deal during my time here at MCC. I also want to share this to again give other students hope and encouragement. I’m starting to realize that math is kind of fun once you know how to do it!
Are you a single parent wanting to continue your education but you need some help? Applications for Spring 2009 Single Parent Scholarships will be available beginning February 23rd, 2009. Applications can be picked up in Room 131 in the SGA Club Hub of the Lancer Cafe, Bldg. 7, MCC Foundation Office, Bldg. 7 or the Information Booth, Bldg. 1. The Wayne Gulbrandsen Academic Scholarship for Single Parents was formed by SGA students over 20 years ago after one of their members, Wayne Gulbrandsen, passed away. To honor his memory the scholarship was created that has enabled numerous single parents to finish their education at MCC. If you are a single parent this is a great opportunity to take advantage of. Mark down February 23rd on your calendars so you don’t forget to pick up your application. Good luck!
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