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Advice from Students and Faculty

Community College is the real deal.  Be prepared for college-level coursework and expectations.  You will find that you need to be much more self-directed and self-reliant.  

Advice from Students

Sometimes the best way to learn about a new place is to listen to people who’ve “been there, done that.” Here are actual quotes from freshmen that did not do well in their first term.  They wrote their best advice to help YOU avoid fate.

"Make sure you manage your time well. Leave plenty of time for studying.  Don’t be pushed into “Party Central,” or your chances of making the grade won’t be happening. First of all, go to orientation. Then, pay close attention.

"Study every day! Don’t play around. This college is not a joke!"

"Treat college like a job. Work 9-5, then you can party after work."

" Go to class all the time and get a planner.  Don’t take studying for granted.  You have to devote many hours to your classes. Establish why you are in college and keep that your focus."

" Don’t fall behind and slack off first semester.  Do your best, because it catches up to you in the end."

What Faculty Wished You Knew

"Arrive early to campus in order to find a parking space."

"Buy your books before the first day of class –but do not unwrap your books in case book requirements change."

"Take your registration schedule of classes to the bookstore when you plan to buy your books so the sales clerk can show you exactly what books you need. Locate each of your classes before the day it begins."

"Sometimes room locations must be changed. If that happens, there will be a sign posted on the door telling you where the specific class will meet."

"Come to class on time."

"Come to class prepared and ready to actively participate in your learning. Keep your syllabus in a safe place because you will definitely need that information sometime during the semester."

"Come to EVERY class! Get to know your instructors-we are here for you!"

"Notify your instructor if there is an emergency that will prevent you from attending class."

"Make a friend or two in each class so you can form a study group."

"Do not assume you will be able to make up a test or quiz if you were not in class."

"Always cite your sources when writing papers; otherwise it’s plagiarism. Disruptive behavior is not tolerated on campus."

"Read everything!"

"We have so many services for you. Just ask and we’ll be happy to help you."

"It’s up to you to make the most of your college education. Become involved in campus activities and become a part of HCC."

"College courses cover much more material in a shorter span of time than high school courses. Don’t be caught short."

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty means the use of one's own thought and materials in the writing of papers, taking of tests, and other classroom related activities.  Any student intentionally aiding another student in any infraction of the academic honesty policy is considered equally guilty.

Students are expected to give full credit for the borrowing of other's words or ideas.  Intentional or unintentional use of another's words or ideas without acknowledging this use constitutes plagiarism.

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