This is it… my first blog entry.
All these ideas in my head and so little time to decide what to write about…
So, I figured I’ll share some of my wisdom (yeah right!) with all those of you, new students (and some of the returning students too) in MC.
By now, you guys have had your first year experience orientation. You've met your professors for this semester, and you are familiar with the campus. I won’t repeat what professors and advisers already told you. I’ll write this based on my own first year experiences.
This is a guide for all those new students (and I’m sure some former students too) who still have no idea what they are doing in college (I’m still trying to figure that out myself.) So, without more preambles, here you go.
My top five things you should know about being a student in Montgomery College.
1. If you haven’t declared a major yet, explore your options. When I started in MC, I declared pre-nursing as my major. I changed it to General Studies when I discovered my passion for journalism. I’ve taken journalism, history, political sciences and art classes and I’m still exploring more. I’m still interested in nursing, and journalism is something I want to do at some point in my life, but as far as I’m concerned, there are more careers out there, and I want to explore at least a couple more before I declare a specific major.
2. Get involved in clubs, organizations, and volunteering opportunities. This is a great tool to succeed in MC. The skills you learn while working in these organizations will help you for the rest of your life. I am a shy person by nature, but here I am writing for this blog and speaking publicly in front of professors, students, and even the college’s president thanks to my position in the student senate. Also, you will meet very interesting people, and you can start building your resume too. There are so many clubs to choose from, and if you don’t find one you like, you can even create your own! Just visit the office of student life to find out how to do it.
3. Set your academic (and realistic) goals ASAP and stick with them. Personally, I want to graduate and transfer as soon as possible, so my priorities right now are passing my classes with excellent grades and acquire the skills that will help me in the future. So far, I’m succeeding, even thought that means that I don’t have a social life. Hey! Life is about sacrifices too, and at the end, all the hard work is worth it.
4. Take advantage of the programs the college offers. No matter what your needs are, MC offers many programs that will help you greatly. Take the time to go and talk to a counselor. When you do that, ask for the available programs. Most importantly, use them! God knows how much time I used to spend in the writing center and the math lab. That helped me to overcome issues I was having in some classes. Don’t be shy! People who work at these facilities are very nice, and they are ready to help you with whatever you need.
5. Enjoy college! No matter what, college is a one life time experience. Enjoy it! Have fun with you friends, meet new people, explore your options, and get involved! For me, it has been a great experience so far, and I’m sure it will be for you too. See you next week!