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Two Rules for Life

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I had the priviledge to listen to Michael McKeever speak at MCC this last week. Michael McKeever is an established playwright with a wonderful insight into the world. Although my following points could have come from someone like your grandfather, they are my new key rules for life as a college student as learned from Mr. McKeever.
Firstly, he said not to let anyone tell you that you cannot do something… Something like a college career you’ve set your mind to and are loving the results. For example, my career is based in writing journalism and according to Salary.com (a very helpful site you should visit) I won’t be bringing in the most comfortable lifestyle. Yet I’d rather be doing something I absolutely love than something that I don’t. That’s not to say that following something you enjoy won’t have its obstacles. But you cannot live with regrets.
The second key deals with the fact that you’ll be writing papers as a college student, a high school student and beyond college. The rule is that the first draft of anything you write is allowed to be absolutely terrible (in your eyes). It’s hard to just start writing a paper or anything for that matter. Once you get to the end,

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Looking for a job?

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I’m sure there are at least a few people out there that are looking for a job. A great resource is right on MCC’s website.

Go to current students then scroll down until you see student employment on the left hand side. Click on student employment and you will see links to job search websites, job success skills, jobs off-campus and websites for minorities. Again these options are on the left hand side of the page. In the middle of the page you will find a box that says “Click here for the Online Career Office to view full-time and part-time jobs”!! When you click on this link you will be brought to a page where you can search for

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part-time and full-time jobs in and around the area. You will also find resume help, info on internships and job shadowing. You can also post your resume on this page for employers to view. This page is very user friendly and easy to navigate.

Another nice thing is that a lot of the employers are flexible with student schedules.

On the first page of the student employment link you will find another link for on-campus recruitment. You can also go to the career resource center for assistance. The career resource center has two locations. On the Bradenton campus it is in the student services building 1 room 207. They are open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm the phone number is 941-752-5325. On

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the Venice campus it is located in the student service center building 100 room 170 and they are open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm and on Tuesday’s until 7:00pm. The phone number there is 941-408-1436.

I have found these links and resources to be very helpful. So check them out and hopefully they will help you too. Good luck!

Two Birds

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Perhaps the biggest mistake I have made during my stay at MCC is not having a plan. As most of us do, I started attending MCC with plans to earn my Associates. Once I accomplished this, I would transfer to a four year university and life would be great… I soon learned that I was wrong.

All I was concerned with was meeting the requirements for my degree at MCC; being completely oblivious to the fact that the university that I planned to transfer to also had its own set of prerequisite classes. Due to my lack of planning skills I now have to

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Each college will have a set of classes they want you to take so that you can transfer into their program. My suggestion is this: take those classes

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Finding Inspiration

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Yet I also feel more creative when I’m tired. At One AM. Maybe that’s why people do their essays and homework last minute (among other reasons). That is the general time that ideas spark in my brain and I must sit down at write. Some people prefer music when studying or even exercise to stimulate thinking.�
What is it that you love to do? What inspires you to be creative or accomplish what you need and want to do? These could be two separate things or maybe they overlap (like coffee). I encourage you to think about the things that inspire you in order to be a more focused student. I also stir you to think about

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New job, new school, new horizons

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It’s hard to believe the semester is almost over!  I’ve really enjoyed my time here at MCC.  I feel like a part of the family here.  I’m sad to be leaving.

But I’m excited too.  Next year I’ll be at USF Sarasota through the 2+2 MCC/USF program. I know I want to be a teacher but I’m still deciding whether I want to get my BA in English Literature or Education.  Either way the journey will be worth it.

I’m also excited about a new online job that I’m training for.  I’m going to be working for EQEnglish, helping Chinese students learn to speak English fluently.  I’m so thrilled to have this opportunity.  I’ve always enjoyed working with ESL students in the communications lab.  Now I’ll have the chance to do it on a more permanent basis.

Changing to a new school and job is a little scary but both will be fun and well worth my time.

What do I want to do with my life?

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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!

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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.

Balance

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The beauty of a community college is that you can take classes without having to move to an expensive new dorm room or quitting your job. However, balancing work and school can be a lot like juggling. Personally my schedule is crazy. I have three part time jobs (because none of them can afford to hire me full time) plus classes and clubs. I sometimes feel like I live-eat-breathe school and work. My schedule consists of: MWF – go to job 1 in the morning, grab lunch and eat while driving to job 2, then go to job 3, eat dinner at 10pm, do homework, go to sleep. Tues/Thurs – go to

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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!