Most people start to develop interests at a young age: sports, dance, music, art, theatre, computers/technology, writing, math, scouting, etc. They say “I’m an artist” or “I’m great at soccer” or “I love to play on the computer.” It’s clear that they have found their “thing.” The thing that makes … Continue reading
With all the talk lately about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, it seems that many people are forgetting about the humanities. You know, foreign language, literature/English, art, music, philosophy, and theatre (FLAMPT—let’s start a new trendy acronym!). Yes, the jobs are plentiful in the sciences, computer fields, and … Continue reading
As a career counselor who often does academic advising, I frequently get asked “what’s different about an online class?” or “is it harder to take it online?” Great questions!
I usually ask if the student is self-disciplined and has good time management skills. Do they have basic computer skills and … Continue reading
Do you remember being a kid and writing a wish list? Did you thumb through the toy catalog and circle all of your favorites? Or did you watch TV commercials to determine the latest and greatest toys? Most of us dreamed of the day our dream would come true (maybe … Continue reading
Recently, my family and I took a trip to New Mexico. Besides wanting to see a part of the country I’ve never visited, the main goal of the trip was to ride a hot air balloon during the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Since we planned the trip 18 months … Continue reading
Last month, I wrote about the common fear of public speaking and mentioned that the most dreaded class at SCC “other than Math” was speech. So it is only fitting that I tackle the most feared class—MATH! For help on this topic, I went to Joe Howe, Professor of Mathematics … Continue reading
Besides math, speech may be the most dreaded class at SCC. Why? Fear of public speaking, also known as glossophobia is common. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 75% of people have a fear of speaking in public (http://www.glossophobia.com/). When I ask students why they are afraid … Continue reading
In my last blog, I wrote about the benefits of making connections with professors and other staff on a college campus. One benefit was feeling more connected to your school and therefore wanting to remain in school. Another factor that increases persistence is involvement in extracurricular activities. Similar to making … Continue reading
A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education lauded the importance of college students making a connection with a professor.
“College graduates, whether they went to a hoity-toity private college or a midtier public, had double the chances of being engaged in their work and were three times as … Continue reading
We seem to hear a lot about soft skills these days, such as “students don’t have soft skills” or “employers want soft skills”. So what ARE soft skills and why are they so important?
Nathaniel Haynesworth, Managing Director at Esoteric Academic Solutions blogged about this topic recently. His definition of … Continue reading