Class Checklist

If you haven’t taken any classes this summer, your brain is probably on vacation as well. You want to make sure you are prepared for fall because it comes around faster than you expect. Below I have made a simple checklist of what you should have for this semester to make sure you are ready for anything (well…for the first day at least ;) )!

1. Know your schedule: It is important to know when and where your class is. You could miss really important information, even in the first five minutes :o !! (I know from experience) Even if you have to visit the campus before any of your classes start ,to familiarize yourself with the campus, do so! This way you know if you can take your time walking to class or if you should pack some running shoes ;) .

2. Get your bag ready: Don’t spend time in the morning getting your school bag ready. Take a little time the night before to make sure everything is right. I am very good at waking up past the time I am supposed to, it’s almost a special talent of mine. If I didn’t pack my bag the night before, I would rush out, in a crazy frenzy, not realizing my book bag is filled with nothing but my tears because I left everything at home. Don’t have a bag full of tears, have a bag full of books. Which brings us to my next topic!

3. What’s in your bag?: Be sure to pack the proper textbooks. Some professors require it, some don’t. It’s your responsibility to make sure you have what the professor expects of you. I always like to pack a calculator, white-out and an eraser because you never know when you might need it. I also like to bring (not school related) my charger, my headphones and gum. Oh, and bring your school I.D. with you. FUN TIP: even if you’re not at school, carry your school I.D. around, there is usually some type of discount going on for students, off campus. But if you absolutely cannot remember that stuff make sure you AT LEAST have some paper and a pen and/or pencil.

4. Get rest: The most important of the list, get rest! It’s hard to concentrate on a lecture when all you can think about is going back to bed. You’re brain will also be able to function better when you’re well rested.

These tips help me and I will continue to use them. Hopefully they can help you out too! Good luck in all your future semesters.

Brain on vacation

I found this hilarious picture of what I see in my head when I say your brain is on vacation. Picture from braingymmer.com.

Remember SCF Resources

Welcome to the summer semester of 2015! It may or may not have been a while since you’ve been on campus, but either way, it’s always good to have a refresher on things! Some of you may not know about the great resources SCF has! Below I will list the top 3 resources that are helping me through my college days!

1. Academic Resource Center: http://www.scf.edu/studentservices/AcademicResourceCenter/default.asp

ARC Why pay for a private tutor when you have a whole building of tutors waiting to help out with whatever you need. I have been to the ARC many times, and each tutor I’ve had, was great! Some of the tutors are students, just like us, so, this makes the session run a bit smoother because they may have taken the exact class you have and know what the professor expects. Even with the tutors who aren’t students, the session is still great because they only want what is best for the student. These tutors can help you in any department and will not be satisfied until they know you are comfortable with what you needed help on. They want you to walk out of there with a sense of confidence and relief! Make sure you use this resource! (Located in: building 5 on Bradenton campus; building 400 on Venice campus; Medical Technology and Simulation Center on Lakewood campus)

2. Student Services Center: http://www.scf.edu/StudentServices/default.asp

SSCThis is my go to building for everything! Before I started classes at SCF, I had to make sure I had all the right paper work in. I was in this building for days before my actual semester started. I had to visit finical aid and admissions quit frequently, but they never got tired of seeing my  face and they were very friendly. As the year went on I found myself in this building again, in search of a job at the career resource center. With the  help of the great staff in there, I got this great opportunity as a student intern! I was also in advising a couple of times, to make sure I was selecting the right classes for each semester. They were patient with my  many questions, and I am confident that I am headed in the right direction for graduation and transferring to USF. Also in this building you will be able to find educational records, assessment/testing, international student services, veteran services, disability resource center, cashier and other support functions. (Located in: building 1 on Bradenton campus; building 100 on Venice campus; Medical Technology and Simulation Center on Lakewood campus)

3. Library: http://libguides.scf.edu/c.php?g=120269

LibrarySome people study at home, some study at the beach, but for me, this was my favorite study place. The library is quiet and relaxing, so, this makes it easier for me to focus.  I also think this is a great study spot because every resource you need is right there. From books to online articles, it’s all in the library. This is also a great place to work on group projects. Whatever it is that needs to be done, it can be done in this great spot…the library. :)    (Located in: building 8 North on Bradenton campus; building 300 on Venice campus; Medical Technology and Simulation Center on Lakewood campus)

Please remember, everyone, these resources are here for YOU, so. take advantage of them! Have a great semester. :)

Register Refresher

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer break, but for those who are taking fall classes, listen up! The fall semester starts August 24! I hope you have all registered!!!! If not, that’s O.K., but you might not be able to get the professor you really want, so, get on that.

If you find yourself at your computer, ready to sign up and think…”wait, I am not even sure what I’m doing right now, :(  ” that is also O.K. because this blog is here to help! SCF’s Facebook and Twitter page posted this awesome link ( https://youtu.be/eOxlYfOECYk ) that can help with registration. It is about 10 minutes long and carefully guides you through the seemingly difficult, registration process. Once you get the hang of it, it’s not so bad. Just make sure you’re not over exceeding your own personal limit. Challenge yourself a little, but not to the point where you’re not able to balance all your classes. Good luck in the summer term everyone! I only wish the best!

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Good luck with online registration. Don’t forget, classes start August 24th!!

By the way, if you would like to get updates like these follow SCF on social media through Facebook/State College of Florida  and Twitter/SCFnow.

Facebook: State College of Florida https://www.facebook.com/statecollegeofflorida

Twitter: @SCFnow https://twitter.com/SCFnow

The Pressure Is On

Today’s post is a word of encouragement for all of you students. Don’t allow the stresses of college to get the best of you because often times, it’s when the pressure is on and you have a small time frame to get things done, is when you grow and learn the most about yourself.

As the end of the semester draws closer, it seems like each class has some project or big assignment that needs to be worked on and then most of us students have work on top of that. It is the end of the semester when the pressure increases and its the big end of class exam, assignment, or project that can pull up your grade or bring it down. This is the time to utilize all of the college resources to ace those projects and do your very best!

I believe in you guys! Keep up the good work!

 

 

A Few Things You Should Know

If you are going to start college, here are a few helpful things I have learned along the way.
1. DO NOT Procrastinate: I am guilty of this. But before you even think about saying “ehh, I can do this later” DON’T! It’s a trap. If you keep putting work off to the last minute, you will eventually run out of time. Then, you end up with a bad grade because lack of time or no grade at all because you didn’t do it. Every point counts! So try not to miss any assignments, and try to do the assignment as early as possible.
2. Stay Organized: One thing I was naturally good at, was staying organized. Others also have this natural urge to keep things organized, while some may still need some work. But this is something that I recommend everyone to do. Keep your notes organized, keep you books organized, and even keep your book bag organized. When everything else around you is in its place, this may help to keep your thoughts organized. This helps from feeling overwhelmed, and trust me, you will feel overwhelmed at some point in your college life, and if not, challenge yourself a bit, but not to the point where you’re going crazy! Whatever you do stay focused, stay organized and stay strong!
3. Get Involved: It’s always a good idea to stay in touch with what your college is doing. At SCF, they really love getting students involved. With our blogs and social media sites, it’s easy and convenient for students to see what’s happening, on and off campus. Getting involved is also a good way to make friends, and who doesn’t like making friends, or making connections with people who have the same interests as you do? There are many clubs and activities one can join here. So, I encourage you to stay involved.
If you are an incoming student reading this, good luck. If you are a student, please feel free to add anymore tips for incoming freshman!
If anyone would like to start following our social media sites, here they are!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/statecollegeofflorida
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SCFnow
Instagram: https://instagram.com/scfnow/

Lonely Court

The volleyball court is lonely…

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I walk past it so many times and I have never see anyone using it!

I think I was the only one to use it last semester with some friends.. and it has probably never been used since. So I encourage you, go grab 3 friends or more, stop by the Club Hub (Building 500) for a volleyball, and play a game :)

Oh, and if for some odd reason you don’t know where the court is located, it is between the Library and Science buildings on the Venice Campus.

 

 

Getting into Spring 2015 semester

Hey guys, guess what? We have officially survived our first weeks of the Spring 2015 semester! I congratulate you all including myself. Now that the “add/drop with a refund” period for the classes that began on January12 has passed, I encourage you all to put in your best effort to study hard for the classes you have chosen. Some of the courses you might have picked start later in the semester and perhaps you are wondering when is the last day to drop the course and still be able to receive a refund. Or when is the last day to withdraw from a course and not get a WF (stands for Withdraw Failing) on your transcript? Well wonder no more. Here are the steps to locating this information on our college website.

First, go to SCF.edu. Next, click on the Academics tab at the top of the page and you will see a list with a gray background on the left of your screen. From that list you will click on “Academic Calendar.” Once you come to that page, scroll down to where the calendar for Spring 2015 is located and on the bottom there will be “Spring 2015 Add/Drop/Withdrawal Schedule” icon in green. Click on the icon and that will then open up the PDF file for the add/drop schedule for you! This is a very useful calendar to refer to throughout the semester.

I hope you guys find this helpful. Have an awesome week everyone!

Jennifer

Welcome back fellow SCF students!

Welcome back fellow students of SCF and welcome to you all who are new to State College of Florida! It was wonderful to be on break but it always feels too short. No worries though, this semester should be a blast and the faculty and all of us in the student services department are here to help you the whole semester through. I should of course introduce my self to you all. My name is Jennifer and I am the new Venice campus blogger for the SCF Student Blog. Hopefully through my blog’s you all can have a sense of what the campus is like and be up to date about awesome events that happen here, be informed about the many services that SCF has to offer, and also learn something new. I wish you all a successful semester and you all will be hearing from me again soon!

The Summer Semester: Lots of Hard Work

So today’s post is going to be relatively short. I wanted to give an overview of what the summer semester is like and I also wanted to give some tips on how to succeed during the summer semester.

The summer semester is a lot of work consolidated into a short amount of time. If you have a job which may require you to miss a few days of class it might be a better idea to skip the summer semester. Missing even one day of class can set you way back in terms of announcements and information. Summer classes are not for procrastinators; in fact, you won’t even have time to procrastinate because everything moves so quickly. Most summer classes involve a lot of effort and dedication. All that being said, taking classes in the summer is a great way to get ahead and take advantage of vacation. If you take enough classes, you can even graduate a bit earlier than you would if you didn’t take summer courses.

To survive the summer semester, it is important to keep a few things in mind:

1. Check ANGEL and SCF connect emails: Professors often leave updates and announcements online. Also, some professors may need students to complete certain assignments at home because of the time constraints and they may announce it on ANGEL.

2. Don’t delay: Get reading and assignments done as soon as you can and start studying for any exams the first day. Time flies during the summer and all these things can sneak up on you.

3. Read ahead: If you have free time, read ahead. If you get reading done early, you’ll have more time to review later on and you won’t be stressing out the day before an exam. Also, the more you get done early, the less you’ll have to do later on.

That’s it for today’s post. I really should get back to studying and reading (cries internally). Hope you all are having a nice day!

Being Prepared: The College Emergency Kit

There are many mishaps that can happen to you while on campus. Many of them can be solved just by keeping a College Emergency kit in your car, your locker, or your backpack. What is a College Emergency Kit? It is a group of items that can potentially save you from embarrassment or discomfort. This is my list of items I think are important for the CEK.

1. A sweater or coat: For some reason, I always feel cold when I’m in class. I’m not sure if it’s just me or if someone likes keeping the thermostat at unusually low temperatures. For this reason, I always carry a sweater, jacket or coat with me. Also, if you ever get a rip in your pants (it happens), you can tie your sweater around your waist and be spared any embarrasment.

2. Hand-sanitizer: All day, you’re touching door-handles, desks, and chairs. Guess how many people touched those things before you? Exactly. You can use your hand-sanitizer before meals or after touching something particularly used. Using it can help you prevent illness and it is generally a good habit. I always carry one of those little pocketbacks in my bag.

3. Some spare change: Oh no! You forgot to print that super important research paper. You don’t have any cash on you, so what do you do? You grab a dollar bill from your handy-dandy College Emergency Kit, that’s what! I’d recommend having a couple of dollar bills and some quarters. They come in handy for those times when you need to pay in cash, and you don’t have any in your pockets. Always remember to refill your cash-stash after using it.

4. A stain-remover pen: Ok, I don’t carry this one around, mostly because I don’t eat on campus. If you do eat on campus, you are at risk of spilling something on your shirt. You could walk around campus with a stain on your shirt all day, or you could pull out your handy-dandy stain pen and remove it!

5. A change of clothes: If you have a locker or car to store larger things in, take a change of clothes. If something large spills on you (for example, a milkshake), you can change into that instead of walking around with sticky clothes and the smell of chocolate/vanilla/banana/etc. Also, if it rains, you can change into dry clothes to avoid getting sick.

6. A water-bottle: It’s important to drink a healthy amount of water per day. Sometimes it can be easy to forget to take a drink, especially if you’re rushing from class to class. Instead of buying a soda, save yourself the calories and the money and take a water-bottle to class. If you leave it in your car make sure you freeze it before leaving your house so that it remains cool on those hot, Florida days. If it runs out, you can always refill it at the water-fountains.

That’s all I can think of today, folks. I hope you all are having a great week! I will talk to you all soon :)