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“Portal: A door, or entrance”

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SCF has added a new facet to their website called SCFconnect, or The Portal. I personally like the word portal better, because it makes me think of teleporting myself. In a sense, the new portal does just that. When I first logged into the new system and looked around, it struck me: there is so much that SCF was doing that I didn’t know about!

The first thing that stuck out was the email. I didn’t have to sign into my email account separate, it was right there in a box on the screen! When I get a bill from my car insurance company, however, this isn’t quite as exciting. Then I switched tabs to the Student section. I found a lot of helpful links, like Angel is there front and center. I’m told that we won’t have to log in to Angel anymore either, once they progress to the second step of SCFconnect.

The part that I really geeked out on was the announcements in the Student section. I scrolled down and saw info about the Student Wellness Program, which I’d heard about but never gave it much thought. It turns out you can participate in health events (exercise, fundraiser walks, dental cleanings, etc) and earn points which you turn in at the end of the semester for prize drawings and tuition drawings! Turns out I do need to clean

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To further my journey was the Student Finances area that had a really helpful little spot for financial aid. Actually the whole page had FAFSA facts, deadlines, and links to SCF foundation scholarships which I was amazed to find so many listings of scholarships available. They’re available to students transferring out of SCF as well!! Deadlines for that are April 1, 2010 and March 14, 2010 respectively.

Then I went to the Library tab, where I found the online databases right there for everyone to see. Not hidden away anymore, within a series of clicks and quirks. Ah, researching will now be a breeze.

The last section is the My Tab. Hehe. I was able to go in (under the tiny link at the top called ‘content layout’) and put the “Word of the Day” in there, the Wellness Program, and the weather. I religiously check the weather every morning, so that will be handy. I just have to figure out how to paste a picture of myself in the middle of the screen now.

Oh man, I could talk about the portal for quite awhile. The new change was a fantastic one. I can’t wait to see how else they fine tune it, and what else will be added. I’m sure I’ll have more to say, once I stumble onto the other points of the portal. In the mean time, it will be 74 degrees on Monday, and I won’t be stranded indoors. Mwhahaa.

Blerd

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In writing this blog I looked through the academic calendar to see what news may behold in our near future, and there is really not much to report.

So onto bigger and brighter things…I had an idea to make a sort of “Blerd” (Blog Word) type thing. I came across the word “whilom” in one of the stories I read this week. It interested me because of the

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While on the subject of dictionaries, I have realized a pitiful thing for an English major to come across. I have no dictionary. What’s worse: I have a Spanish dictionary! Not to say that a Spanish dictionary is a bad thing to have, I purchased it because I wanted to broaden my horizons for my

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Happy classes, everyone.

Changes

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I have personally witnessed the excitement of the student body concerning the transition of MCC from a Community College to the State College of Florida. You can go anywhere on campus; whether it’s the ARC Building, the Library, the Lancer Café (whose

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name will soon change) hallways, or even the book store, and everyone will be talking about the exact same topic: the new name of the school.

With the news of the transition that will occur, there a loads of questions that arise concerning the changes that will take place. “How soon will the diplomas reflect the new school name?” A student asked me. Although I do not have an answer, I am hoping that my graduating class of spring 2009 will be the first to bear the new name and emblem on their diploma.

The elevation in status that will take place will be humongous. This is due to the fact that MCC will stay with its Open Door Policy, and attract a larger group of students than ever before: students who wanted to go directly into a four-year school (which we are now). Despite these changes, incoming students can expect the same college education and atmosphere that so many others have experienced. We are moving up in the ranks and if we continue with this level of focus, The State College of Florida will be famous for its quality of education, diversity and ability to produce competent professionals for all areas of the workforce.

Until next time,

Erik Arroyo

Student Blogger

studentblog@scf.edu

More Quirks

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     I was sitting in the student union one day near the start of this semester, probably eating chili.   Next thing I turn around and noticed a large, flat-screen television hoisted on the wall above the ATM.  This seemed like quite an upgrade of technology and it piqued my curiosity.  Then a few weeks later I saw one in the Academic Resource Center.  It turns out they’re a multi-functional educator.  They’re called Electronic Dispatch for Emergency and Academic Notices.  I probably would have given it a name you didn’t need to look at ten times before writing it down.  Perhaps ‘MCC News Television’, or even easier ‘MCC TV.’  Nonetheless, these EDEAN machines let the students know simple things like the time, weather, news articles from around the world and MCC sporting events.  They also inform students of emergencies like hurricanes and other important information for our lives.
  Now that I have imparted one more quirk about MCC Venice to you, I will leave you one last tidbit: the cafe doesn’t serve soup anymore.  You have to wait until next winter… and I miss the chili.

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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The New Semester Shock

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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

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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

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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!

Tuition Reminder…

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Tuition for the Spring Semester for 2009 is due December 10th! All class registrations for the spring term that are not secured with full payment or financial aid will result in students having their class schedules cancelled. So be sure to have everything organized so you can ensure your classes are paid in full by December 10th, whether it is being paid

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I have personally received two scholarships from the MCC Foundation which I am very grateful for. I have continually been impressed with their organization, kindness and willingness to help. I am also very grateful to my benefactor because without him it would be much harder to reach my goals.

Regardless of what means you have to pay your tuition let’s not forget to be thankful and to use our money wisely. Especially in today’s economy I consider myself very privileged to be able to go to school, so let’s not take for granted our education and the means we have to pay for it because not everyone is as fortunate as we are.

Seize the day!

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These next 10 years or so are going to be so exciting and busy for us as we continue to go through school, establish our careers and meet different people. I also realized as friends and acquaintances come and go in our lives it is so important to keep in touch with them as your lives take different paths. So let’s just remember everyone is put in our life for a reason and everything happens for a reason…so let’s make the most of it!

Ahh, midterms…

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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*