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Enroll for Summer

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Hi everyone!

Today’s post will be a quick one. I wanted to remind you all that yesterday course registration for summer opened. If you haven’t picked out your courses yet, get on the ball and get it done! If you don’t do it soon, you may not end up taking the classes you want or getting a schedule that works well for you.

If you haven’t ever taken summer courses and are nervous that it’ll be too much work, don’t be. It’s just like taking a regular course, just over a shorter period of time. I’d recommend taking at least two courses and no more than four courses over the summer. The reason why I say no more than four courses is that you don’t want to overload yourself with homework, since you will have to get it done in a shorter period of time.  Luckily, most teachers understand the time constraint, and they plan their curriculum accordingly. I took two courses last summer, and the workload was not hard to manage at all.

Taking courses over the summer is a great way to be productive and get ahead of the game.  You should definitely consider it as an option if you haven’t already.

~ Fresh Out of High School? ~

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   So, you’re thinking about being a freshman or freshwoman (for the politically correct) are ya? Well, have I got a blog for you! I noticed this was a category in this blogging forum and I thought, what a great opportunity to try to help those fearful or intimidated by the idea of coming to college.

   Well, let me start by admitting that it really is different than high school. You’re used to taking several classes in one day at high school, and most know that you are the master of your own schedule at college. I know some of you may think that since you used to have about 6 or so classes, that means you can easily handle 6 in college. I must say to you however, think again. The trick is that some classes here are much more demanding than others. For example, Anatomy & Physiology I is extremely demanding and some suggest you should only take one other class with it. That’s right, just one!  If there are some classes you are thinking of taking, I strongly suggest you contact an advisor, talk to friends on campus if you know any, or visit the web.  This will teach you the first valuable lesson at college and that is that you are your own advocate. So, get used to asking questions and you’ll see it’s really not that scary after all. Besides, what’s scarier? Having the needed info or wandering aimlessly in the dark? Haha, I think you know the answer to that one.

 Another thing you should know about is financial aid.  It’s really not a good idea to take a whole bunch of random classes anymore to see how you like this or that. Why you may ask? Well, you may run out of financial aid before you finish your degree. You know those perpetual students ya hear of? So, what this means for you is that, since you may not know what the heck you want to do with your life yet, you should probably stick to general required courses until you have a clear idea what your interests are. Just keep in mind that if you change directions you need to keep track of how many classes you are racking up. If you are undecided you really ought to seek the help of the Career Resource Center.  Make sure you clearly explain whether or not you plan to transfer after your associates degree or stop there. This makes quite a huge difference! If you plan to transfer out of SCF eventually, your University may have different class requirements than what SCF requires. See why might it be good to have a heads up? 

   One more thing I’d like to mention is that if you pay full price for books and you plan on selling them back, do not expect to get anywhere near what you paid for them. You may have better luck selling them on the web or selling them to other students rather than selling them back to the bookstore. You still won’t get anywhere near what you paid for them but you might do a touch better.  Just something to keep in mind before you decide to buy new or used with your grant/loan/ pocket money.

 Okay, I know it seems like some of this sounds pretty serious. Guess what? It is serious, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun too. There are some nice clubs you may like to be a part of in your spare time, by the way. You’re leaving your childhood behind basically and becoming a true adult. Responsibility comes with this change, but don’t fear it. Instead make it a part of who you are or want to become and be thoughtful and considerate along the way. Small kindnesses can carry you further than you can imagine so leave all the petty and aloof “too cool for school” stuff back in high school. Here, it will only make you seem… well, petty and aloof. People who come to college should be ready to work on themselves after all, you see. If you are ready to do something worth your time and effort finally, that will give you something back later, a career hopefully, than to you I say, “Welcome to the State College of Florida.” Remember that the only thing to fear… is fear itself! Have a good one!

If you’d like to reply to this blog please go to studentblog.scf.edu.

Next Semester is Coming Fast!

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     I parked at school last week next to a large beat up van.  On the window the owner painted, “5 Mill O.B.O.”  It made me feel like I was at college with real students.  So many people opt for these refined pieces of chrome nowadays, but now my dented gray automobile fit right in.
     As per the good news: I found a lot of scholarships!  For the bad news I missed the deadline for transferring SCF Foundation Scholarships, but if you’re a student continuing at SCF next semester you still have until April 1, yes that is seven days away!  There are also private foundation scholarships available that have varying deadlines, with the earliest being March 31.  I know it feels like no time to consider next semester when this one is just half over, but don’t miss the deadline like I did.�
     Well my scatterbrain has more homework to do, including a few scholarship applications- know anyone who would write me a letter of recommendation?

How to Make $42,000 a Year!

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     This is my last semester at SCF, and as such I have been thinking about exactly what I want to do with my degree.  Granted, I am attending two more years of college, but if I could find what career path I wanted to take, I might not flutter around and take five semesters at my next university. �
     In my search I went to the Career Resource Center and found a website on Vocational Biographies.  The site was helpful to search the career you already have in mind, or under a general idea, like english and writing.  I went and found Technical Writer, which gave an article about a woman who holds that job title.  Then it goes on to offer what education you need, what personality traits (it didn’t list being poor and weary as a trait), and more websites for information!�
You do need a username/password to log on.  User: scf  Pass: Bradenton�
      There was one other fun website that I remembered called Salary.com.  It’s really easy, you just insert your desired job, and area code and you’re off!  Once you find the job you can change your education level and read a salary range.  If I were to become a Technical Writer, I would probably earn around $42,000 at entry level.  Not bad!  There’s really a lot of stuff you can do with this website that gives you an idea of what your future can be.
     Even if you are in high school, or attending SCF, I think both of these sites work hand in hand to developing ideas.  I still don’t know what I want to do, I doubt I want to write instruction manuals, but I’m still stepping in the right direction.

My Last Post

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“Impossible is just big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”                                                                                                                                         -Anonymous-

Impossible is a word that has been thrown around carelessly since it was invented. I say that it was invented because humans created this phrase to dictate their current physical and mental limits. Over the past century we have dared to challenge the authenticity of this word and have proved it to be a fallacy over and over again. 150 years ago nobody would have dreamed the possibility of men on the moon, photographs of atoms, African American presidents, cloning of humans or the World Wide Web that allows us to keep in touch with loved ones over great distances. I stand now assured that the word “Impossible” is nothing more than just a word.

We sometimes create limits for ourselves based on the failure of another. The difference between winners and losers is the capacity to perceive this failure as a barricade or as a challenge that must be overcome. Looking at the world today, what do you believe is impossible? You might say time travel, teleportation or even life on other planets. This, of course, is incorrect. These things are not invented yet because the discoveries that lead up to it has not been made.

My grandfather once said “Don’t let anyone tell you that anything is out of reach.”

This thought stayed with me throughout my high school years. Because of many hardships, my grades where not as good as they could be and my dream of being a International Attorney felt shattered. When I went to speak with my guidance counselor she asked what I planned to do.

“I want to attend UF…” I said.

“It is very unlikely that you will get in.” she replied.

“Then I will attend FSU?” I tried to be optimistic.

“The system is very selective, I would recommend going to MCC and applying somewhere within your reach.” Her words echoed in my thoughts.

This was two years ago. I am now proud to say that I have been accepted to UF and FSU and it is now my choice which one I will accept.  I may not have had what it takes back then, but with enough perseverance I was able to dismiss words such as “unlikely” or “impossible” as mere perceptions of other people. It is up to this generation to determine what is possible for the next.

It has been my honor to serve as a blogger for MCC. I have had wonderful teachers who make you think outside the box and give you the tools necessary to push the limits of what is possible. I would like to thank the Advisors, the Ambassadors of MCC and everyone who helped me become involved in such a fun and diverse group of people. I hope that prospective students see and feel what I have experienced at MCC and choose it as their passage towards higher education. I know that if I can inspire one person to challenge the impossible, it would have all been worth it.

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 take extra classes during the summer in order to transfer into the business program at the university I plan to attend. The reason for posting this is so you can learn from my mistakes.

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 required by the university that also fit into the requirements for MCC. When you synchronize like this, you will kill two birds with one stone and have an extra summer vacation to travel or relax…guess I’ll have to wait till next year.

Finding Inspiration

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     I love coffee.  I find a perfect brew (hint: it’s not brewed at my house because that tastes like water) and I dream about it.  I don’t understand how people show up to class tired and tell me they don’t drink coffee.  Coffee is like getting dressed in the morning; you must do it!  It’s the feeling coursing through you that says, “let’s clean, let’s go for a walk, let’s get things done!”
     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 those things that you absolutely adore, especially if you’re still confused about your career path or major.  When I started at MCC I was going to be a Computer Science major.  Then I took a computer class and realized that even though I like computers, I love to write.  It may not be so easy for you, and trust me, it wasn’t as simple for me.  But through your life experiences so far there has to be something in there… some activity you fell in love with.  And if not yet, then you will find one—be looking!

Welcome

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If you approached me in the middle of my senior year in High School and asked what college I would have liked to attend, I would not have been able to give you an answer. In the midst of SATs, exams, transcripts, homecoming, prom, scholarships, college applications and community service we realize “wow… everything is not spoon-fed to me now”. Once you have made this realization, you are in the real world… welcome to the club. 

I chose Manatee Community College because it offers a smooth transition into college life. It is admirable how diverse the population who attends MCC is. There are multitudes of religions, races, ages, languages, interests and talents all brought together into one place with one common goal: to be educated.There are many reasons why you may want to attend MCC… maybe you want a more affordable education or maybe you’d prefer to stay home for a couple of years while attending college. Whatever the reason I have devised a few simple steps to prepare you for the road ahead. 

Step 1—Apply to MCC – You will find it really hard to get accepted if you don’t apply first. All that is required to apply is a High School Diploma (or equivalent) and you can submit an application. You can reach the application page from the main website (www.scf.edu)

Step 2—Apply for the Financial Aid—Everyone could use financial aid when attending college. The price for a semester of books could very easily exceed 500$, so be smart and plan ahead. You can apply for the Bright Futures scholarship(www.Floridastudentfinancialaid.org) or to the FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid– www.fafsa.ed.gov). It is never too early to start applying and once you receive the aid it will all be worth it.

Step 3—Schedule a Campus Tour— Contact the school and ask for a campus tour. It is a great way to get to know the campus and experience a typical day at MCC. You will make new friends and I guarantee you will find something you like.

Bottom line is this: It is never too early to visit a school campus and get a feel for the college. It is also never too early to start planning and applying for financial aid. Once you experience the transition into college from high school,you will feel much more mature and aware of the tasks ahead… welcome to the club.

Mind Power

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   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