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Question of the month: September 2012

(Editor’s note: Every month, The Laker Current poses a question to MMCC students, and sometimes faculty and staff. We want to know what you’re thinking. With the start of school upon us, this month’s question seeks some timely advice.)  

What advice would you give a student entering his/her first semester of college?

STUDENT ADVICE

“The best advice I could have gotten when starting college would have been: Don’t waste time studying how to do something you merely ‘like,’ but rather invest in doing something you absolutely ‘love’ — because if you don’t love doing it, you will hate your job.”
— Danae Berry, Gladwin (studying graphic design/visual arts; 8 semesters at MMCC)

“Take classes together in the same semester that complement one another and/or aid one another. Know your own program well. Take your most inexpensive classes in the spring if you only have loan money to work with.”
— Steven Robinson, Harrison (studying CAD; 3 semesters at MMCC)

“Try online sources for books; they are cheaper. Use the library databases for research. Be prepared for each and every class. Don’t be afraid to ask for help — that’s what people are here for. When writing, pick out the most important points to talk about; don’t get lost rambling.”
— Carolyn Brandenburg, Harrison (studying sociology/history; 5 semesters at MMCC)

“Listen good in class and pass all of your classes. Use your services well, like math lab and learning lab. They help you out a lot.”
— KC Crabtree, Clare (studying in medical assistant program; 3 semesters at MMCC)

“Study whenever possible. Stock up on Scantrons! Don’t be afraid to ask questions.”
— Desiree’ Whiteside, Harrison (studying pharmacy; 6 semesters at MMCC)

“Make friends with the people in your classes; they can help a lot with learning the material. Ask all the questions you have. Don’t feel intimidated if it gets hard; simply ask for help. Take the time to study out of school.”
— Allana Winters, Harrison (studying nursing, 6 semesters at MMCC)

“Pay close attention and take notes that are helpful to you to look at later. Listen to what your teachers suggest. They know what they’re talking about!”
— Olivia Bracken, Sandusky, MI (studying pre-med, 5 semesters at MMCC)

“Take your general studies (classes) before choosing your program because you might change your mind later on.”
— Amber Donley, Winn, MI (studying biology, 3 semesters at MMCC)

“Take school seriously because it is a great opportunity to better (yourself) that not everyone gets. Have fun, but keep your priorities straight. School is the number one priority.”
— Paul Avery, Chase, MI (studying administration, CMU graduate student)

“Be prepared. Plan ahead. Don’t blow your money on frivolous things you don’t need. Budget.”
— Neil Bracken, Sandusky, MI (studying general technology, 5 semesters at MMCC)

FACULTY ADVICE

“Show up.  The single most important thing one can do to contribute to success is to be present.”
— Jeremy Bond, adjunct instructor, BIS, CIS

“Manage your time effectively. Effective learning requires effort. Be prepared to devote enough time towards your classes to be successful in your studies.”
— Kevin Nehil, adjunct history instructor

“Go to class. Seriously. Go to class. If you go, you will be successful.”
— Carol Churchill, MMCC president

“Set aside study time each week and read the chapters assigned BEFORE you come to class!  Also don’t be afraid to move slowly.  If you are supporting a family or working full time, consider part-time college so you can always do your best!”
–Genine Hopkins, adjunct instructor, history and sociology

“Instructors may seem intimidating, but most, if not all, are approachable human beings who are willing to talk and work with students. … Take control of your own learning …. We, as instructors, were students and have been there.  Sure, we have different backgrounds, experiences, and other relevant factors to who we are; however, we remember what it was like transitioning from high school to college.”
— Stefan Britt, English lectureship instructor

“Make it clear to family and friends that some study time is essential for you to succeed. Your education is probably the most important priority you have right now. Find a spot – if your home is too crazy use the library or someplace else – that offers some refuge from interruptions – and be loyal to your study hours plan.”
— George Wylie, adjunct history instructor

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