Hello and welcome to a brand-new year! We hope that everybody had a wonderful break, but remember that we’re only halfway through the school year.

Let’s all start 2018 by making sure to take some time away from our presents and phones to prepare for the next school term. Take a look at your schedules, and plan out your weekly calendar. Check that you have all your books and notebooks for your courses. And make sure you’re familiar with the locations of your courses so you don’t walk in on the wrong class (it’s embarrassing, trust us). Remember to also bundle up for the cold so you don’t start off school sick — your health is important!

College Students Ought to Know: Speak to Your Professors

One of the hardest things to do for students is usually something as simple as having a talk with their professors. You don’t need to wait until something bad is happening to get to know them! Professors are people, too, and they’re just as happy to meet you as you will be relieved to know them better.

Keep in mind that some instructors prefer to be formal while others are comfortable on a first-name basis. Let the instructor set the tone. If no address is offered, ask instructors how they wish to be addressed. If you don’t know, always err on the side of the formality, as in “Professor So-and-so” or “Dr. So-and-so.”

The important thing to know is that a professor is always more willing to work with somebody that they know rather than somebody that shows up right before finals week!

Quote of the Month:

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

— Socrates

Important Holidays in January:

  • Mandado Bingo
  • Wellness Wednesday
  • You’re So Smoothie Friday
  • National Night Out

 

Reminders & Updates:

Have you purchased your parking permit for the 2017–2018 school year? Don’t leave your car out in the cold when you could have it parked in one of our Tobin Lofts reserved spaces in the parking garage. To purchase a parking permit, visit https://livetobinlofts.com/faq/, go to “Is there parking available?”, and click on “Learn more”, which takes you to San Antonio College’s website. The fee is $150 for Alamo College students and $200 for non-Alamo College students.

Start Now

Written by Megan McCollum

You’ve conquered your final exams, spent time with family, and brought in the new year with friends. But now what? How do you ensure that you’ll be at the top of your game with a new course load when you’re so used to relaxing at home?

Here’s a hint: Start now. Buy your books, find your classrooms, spend some time cleaning your room and clearing your desk.

As the fall semester probably taught you, college flies by. There’s no time to slowly ease back into it — take a deep breath, prepare your mind, and dive in. Don’t just take it day by day; create a study schedule, make some friends and form a study group, and talk to your advisor and get to know them.

There are thousands of resources at your fingertips just waiting to be used. For example, places to study. Trying to focus in your bedroom with your roommates around and electronics everywhere is hard, so take advantage of your property’s clubhouses and study rooms, as well as places on campus.

Once you’ve found your perfect study place, it’s time to use the resources available to you. College students today rely on technology for almost everything, from textbooks to full online courses and online study materials. There are even some apps that can be used to help you study, such as iTunes U and Brainscape. If you aren’t using your cell phone to study, turn it off — social media will be there when you’re done, but your professor won’t wait around for you to learn.

If you find yourself procrastinating, take a deep breath, and ask yourself why this assignment is important. Don’t ask why you don’t want to do it; ask yourself what you will benefit from it. Ask yourself what you can learn, and why it’s meaningful.

Reward yourself with something you can truly withhold from yourself if you don’t complete the task. Offering yourself candy or saying you won’t go to that show if you don’t write your paper isn’t meaningful enough to motivate you. Find something you truly want, and when you reward yourself, notice how it feels.

Don’t settle for less. Don’t wait for things to just work out. Start now.