There’s a very exciting event coming up that will interest future MCC students, as well as current students. Both MCC Venice and Bradenton are holding an Open House! There will be information available for future students to learn about the courses and programs at Manatee, as well as how to get enrolled. Highlights on scholarships, grants and loans for students who qualify will also be accessible.
The different clubs offered to students on each campus will also be there…clubs like creative writing, multi-cultural club or the progressive club. These extra curricular actitivities are exciting ways for new students to meet others. I didn’t get into a club on campus for a couple semesters because I feared I didn’t have the time to commit to one. When in actuality, you don’t need to attend each and every meeting to remain a club member and participate in their events. Plus, clubs are an excellent addition to resumes for your future University as well as an activity specified to your tastes.
The Open House at MCC Venice is March third from 5-7pm in the Selby Room (bottom floor building 800). The one at MCC Bradenton is February 24 from 5-7pm in the Student Union (building 14).
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 was sitting in my Science class one of the first days of school this semester, when my professor brought up a very good point having nothing to do with Science. He was asking the class what the most important asset in our lives was. The list of things included money, freedom, children, jobs, spouses and education. He was on the right track when he said education was the greatest asset because it cannot be taken away. In reality, a college can lose transcripts and classes may not transfer. I even know people who couldn’t transfer a degree to a different state.
What I realized through the chat was that our minds are our true asset. Going to college
or learning new things through experiences are priceless to our future. Thoughts, ideas and anything going on in our brain are not restricted to paper or laws.
When you enter into a college education you use your mind to absorb knowledge but you can’t turn your thought processes off. What I mean by this is that it is a necessity to respond and apply the knowledge to your own self.
When you jump into your education, consider your mind and the power it has to hold tight to what you are taught. Your professors are here for a reason and they’re excited to provide you training for your future
If you’re like me, you just took the spare twenty minutes you had to drop around three hundred dollars (or more) at the Venice book store in order to be prepared for your classes. Then you went to Wal Mart and got notebooks, pens and pencils because you lost the ones you used anytime in the past. After you assembled your backpack and couldn’t think
of a thing you needed otherwise, you finally settled into actually contemplating the next four months of your life in school. I find it an exciting contemplation because I love college and I like the classes I chose for the following semester. However, if you’re new to MCC you may have only a small clue as to what to expect – even if the campus isn’t the size of New York City…and this can be a little overwhelming.
MCC has little hidden quirks you may not find out until your second (or third) semester as a student. One I found in my second semester was that the elevator doors in building 800 open behind you once you reach the second floor. Though common sense would have told me there was no room for it to open in front of me. I remember standing for a good minute with a confused look on my face because I heard voices and couldn’t figure out where they were coming from.
Besides the quirks, you may end up skipping breakfast in the morning in order to stop at Starbucks. If this is the case for you, you should hit up the Cafeteria. It has an ATM for all your lack-of-cash needs, comfortable chairs with wi-fi, students to chat with and most of all fried and baked foods! In reality they are not all
fried and there are definitely healthy alternatives – but the brownies are to die for.
In the next semester, I hope to give you an idea of what an MCC student does. My name is Sarah Ward and you may see me lurking around the coffee pots in the MCC Venice cafeteria with a stain on my shirt. The best piece of advice I can give you is… if you don’t know your MCC pin, ask the librarian, teacher, random passerby-anyone!