Volunteering at Events

Volunteering at events throughout your college career is a fantastic way to branch out and make connections with people that can help you out later on when looking for jobs, internships, etc. It is an easy way to get involved with events on campus and become part of CCBC’s student life. Last year, I volunteered for the Blood Drive, HollyDay, Warm Up Wednesday, and the Veteran’s Breakfast. I enjoyed doing all of the events but especially liked HollyDay and the Veteran’s Breakfast, so I would definitely recommend volunteering for those. There are other events that you can volunteer for, though, such as the Native American Gathering and the Commencement ceremony, among others.

I honestly can say that I found volunteering to be a great and rewarding experience. I met many influential people that gave me great advice on college, careers, and life in general. Everyone at the events are so friendly and helpful, which makes the whole experience even better. Also, you are able to meet many of your peers and make some new friends along the way. I got to meet other students that I otherwise would never have met before, and I am still extremely thankful for that. Volunteering also looks great on resumes for jobs and when transferring to other colleges, so it is absolutely something to think about. Honestly, it’s a great opportunity to put yourself out there to meet new people that can help you in the future and to also do something for others on your free time.

-Liana, student blogger

Good Study Habits for Success!

Everyone has different study habits, but have you found one yet that truly works for you? From experience, I can say that it took me awhile to find out which one was truly successful for me. Finding this out as soon as you can when entering college is extremely important- you will have to study for multiple subjects at one time and make sure that you are balancing each subject accordingly. For example, when I had a sociology test and a biology test in the same week, I made sure to set up more time to study for biology since that is my hardest subject. Sociology, on the other hand, I did not need to study as arduously for as I did biology.

Sometimes, people like closing the door to their room and being in complete silence as they are studying. Conversely, others enjoy and find it more successful for them to go to Panera or Starbucks to study in the ambiance that it provides. Others even enjoy playing soft music as they study to help them relax. I have found that I personally would rather study in my home when it is quiet and I can fully concentrate. I also find it to be beneficial to give yourself breaks in between studying instead of just going on for hours straight. If you know you have plans for the weekend or are going away for a few days, try to start studying early that way you are not stressed out when the time comes. Additionally, I start studying for exams about a week before the day of the exam regardless just so that I am not cramming a bunch of information into my head last minute, and if any plans do arise, I can feel confident enough that I have been studying the material to take a few hours off. Of course, these tips may not work for everyone because everyone is different.

It is so extremely important to try and find out what works for you as soon as you can. It will make your life in college so much easier to have a set study schedule and good study habits to make your college career less stressful and more successful! Try and do different things and try different methods each time until you settle into something that you find is the best for you.

-Liana, student blogger

Are You Stressed?

Go to class. Do your homework. Find time to study. Take care of chores around the house. Take care of pets. Take care of the family. Go to work. Everyone has their own responsibilities, and sometimes life does get rough. Always remember that it is good to take time to relax or even go out and have fun. Your responsibilities cannot over take your life or you may
become stressed out. Stress can be hard to deal with, but it is manageable and there are many options to help relieve it.

First, if you are feeling stressed there are always counselors available to talk to. They may also be able to introduce stress relieving strategies that are fit for you. Counselors will also listen to you, and they will give you good advice. Some people use meditation and breathing exercises to relieve stress. Meditation and breathing exercises can be done anywhere at anytime which is convenient. Before you take a test, take a deep breath and let all of your stress go. Also, make sure you get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can aggravate stress. Try to get into normal sleeping habits. The average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Do no overwhelm
yourself. Take on your tasks one step at a time, or at least do them in order of most important to least important tasks. Another stress relieving strategy is exercise. Exercise allows your mind to relax by not only increasing your endorphin levels but it can also distract your mind from your current stress. Over all, life can be stressful, but you can overcome your stress through multiple techniques just find the right one to help you.

– Emily, student blogger

Class Scheduling Tips

I can’t believe we’re half way through this semester already!  Whether you’re doing well or having a bit of trouble, don’t’ worry, for many of us, this is only our first semester so there is time to improve.  But for many more of us, it means it’s time to schedule classes for next semester.  Many students have their majors selected and are already preparing for next semester classes, but some may not know what classes they need next semester, or even aren’t sure what major to pick classes for.  To help ease the stress for anyone who hasn’t scheduled for next semester, here are some tips to do so:

  1. Check out your options

It helps to review the course catalog available on the CCBC website (link at end of article).  This can help students who have a major picked out to review the required classes.  If you are a student who hasn’t picked a major yet, browsing the catalogue for something that sparks your interest is a good way to pick a direction you’d like to go.

  1. Create a schedule that works for you

A good amount of classes to have is about four to six per semester.  Make sure to spread them out enough that you have time for studying/homework and some leisure time.  Be careful of double booking yourself.  If this does happen, you can easily rearrange your classes within the first week. Also consider the times of the classes – if you can’t function before 9 a.m., don’t’ schedule an 8:30 a.m. class.

  1. Visit your advisor or counselor

At CCBC, we have a great team of advisors and counselors to help you decide what classes to take.  Before you register, come up with a quick list of questions you might have.  You can also contact the professors who teach the classes you want to take.

  1. Get prerequisites out of the way

Many majors have core requirements.  These classes can range from psychology to lab biology.  It’s important to get these classes done early so you can focus on your major in future semesters.

  1. Pick some alternate classes

Make a list of some alternate classes in case your first choices are unavailable for the semester.  It is usually harder for underclassmen to get first dibs on a class, and even harder if you schedule your classes late.

  1. Stay balanced

As an excited freshman, you might want to jump right into challenging classes, but you find out way too soon that this isn’t like high school.  College courses require much more time and dedication, so it’s a good idea to start out slow and take easier classes.

  1. Use college credits

If you have college credits that you eared from high school, whether it be from and AP or IB course, find out if those credits are transferable.  This not only saves you money, but also gives you the chance take a course that you would have had to take later on.

  1. Take a writing course

Whither your major requires writing or not, it’s always a good idea to take a writing class.  You will be able to use the skills you learn in the course to help with writing papers for other classes and in whatever career you choose in the future.

Link to course catalog: http://www.ccbc.edu/CourseSchedulesAndSearch

-Sydney, student blogger

Balancing Work and School

Balancing college and work is something that I know about all too well! I work at the Windmill, a local ice cream shop and mini golf course in Hopewell. On a normal week, I work 5 days and have 2 days off. I am also taking 16 credits this semester, so it is easy to see how my days can get a little overwhelming when it comes to balancing my schoolwork and my job.

It took me a little bit to get adjusted to a busy schedule- in the summer, I worked but did not take any classes, so it was a lot easier. For me, school is absolutely the most important thing. So, whenever I have my day off during the week I make sure to complete all of my online assignments that way I get them out of the way and am not stressed out during the week. I also take time each day to study for upcoming exams. That way, I know that I am prepared for them so I do not have to cram it all in the night before the test when I get home from work at 10:30. My boss is also extremely understanding, so when we are not busy at the shop, I am able to study and do homework.

Time management is so extremely important; I try my best to balance school, work, and my social life. I try to keep my weekends free and get all my work done during the week that way I can relax and hangout with my friends. If you are responsible and use time management correctly, you will be able to balance all three of those things and get the most out of them, too.

-Liana, student blogger


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