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Unsure about what you want to do with the rest of your life?
Solving the mystery of “what you want to be when you grow up”
If you are unsure about what you want to be when you grow up, join the club! Many of us are searching for that dream career and on occasion have felt as though our career path is an unsolved mystery. Discover how the person you are today holds clues to who you could be in the future. Solve the mystery of you!
Most of us can say rather quickly our likes and dislikes as it relates to our personal life and school subjects. But when we start to dig deeper into ways we might spend the rest of our lives, things start to get a bit murkier.
Find out how your personality, values, skills and interests impact possible careers that suit you.
Take the “Explore Your Career” assessment on the CSM Career Services site and meet with a Career Advisor to discuss your results.
You will gain career related information specific to the wonderful and unique person known as YOU!
Thinking about taking a web class?
Some students love web learning for all the reasons you can think of:
No set time to be on campus
If you are up early or late you can work on assignments
Flexibility with work/family schedule
But for some students web learning is not a good choice. For first semester college students, we encourage taking a regular lecture format so you can see the true pacing of a college course. Attending class gives you the option for instructor interaction and immediate discussion of questions.
I encourage you to spend some time on CSM’s Distance Learning web site to see if online learning is something that would work for you. Take the “SmarterMeasure” to see if you are ready for distance learning and also see how web courses are formatted online by accessing a demo course found under “Online Orientation.”
Getting ready to graduate from CSM?
The only thing remaining is to do what is called a graduation audit. The graduation audit is completed by meeting with an Advisor at any of our four campuses. If you are wavering on walking or not walking, our advice is to participate! The Graduation ceremony is a wonderful way to celebrate all your hard work and be cheered on by those that have supported you through your college experience. Parents and guardians love this opportunity. Go on and do it!
There is also an event each semester called Destination Graduation for upcoming graduates.
Congratulations again on your upcoming graduation!!
“The class I need is full and now I am on a wait list. How does the waitlist work?”
Yahoo! Gone are the days of watching the website with the hopes of a seat miraculously opening at the same time we are logged in. Students may now choose to add themselves to a 'wait list' for classes that are full. Waitlisted students are notified via email when a seat becomes available. Keep in mind there is no guarantee that you will get into the class. This is just the fairest way to honor those indicating interest using a first-come, first-served process.
The waitlist works like this:
Students trying to register for a class section that is full may choose the 'Wait List' option. Being on a wait list allows students the possibility of registering for a specific class section if a seat becomes available later on.
If a student is on a wait list:
If a student is on a wait list, the student must check their e-mail every day so that he or she does not miss the notice (also check that CSM has your most current e-mail address at the online address summary screen). Notices of available seats are e-mailed automatically prior to 7 a.m. each morning Monday thru Friday.
A student has until 11:59 p.m. (one minute before midnight) of the day that he or she receives the notice to enroll in the section. If a student does not enroll in the section, his or her name will be dropped from the wait list and the seat will be offered to the next person.
You can also check your wait list status in your online services account under “Manage my waitlist”
Thinking about transferring in Maryland?
Wondering if your CSM credits will transfer?
There is no need to wonder! You will find the Articulation System of Maryland's homepage (called ARTSYS) very helpful. On ARTSYS you can check the transferability of your credits from CSM with other four year colleges in the state as well as search for majors. Here is the link to ARTSYS:
Along the left side of the site you will see an option for "Search for Majors" as well as "Recommended Transfer Programs." Use these tools to help in your search for programs and the transferability of CSM courses. The site has a great tutorial as well if you need additional help in utilizing the site. It is found at the top left corner of the site.
Are you called: Mom, dad, employee, supervisor, co-worker and now you have added STUDENT?
Many of us wear several hats throughout the day. We seamlessly transition from parent, to co-worker and back to parent on a daily basis. When we add the demands of college student to the mix, it is sometimes difficult to find a balance. Here are a few suggestions:
Don’t overload. It is easy to think… the more classes I take, the quicker I will finish. Well, sometimes that isn’t the case. Sometimes students don’t do well, not because the material is too difficult, but because there are just not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything. Over loaded students run the risk of having to repeat classes… so it really isn’t faster and it can be more expensive.
For those students working a 40 hour a week job, enroll as a part time student. Why?
TIME. The time a “full time” student needs to allocate for college should be as follows (full time means enrollment in 12+ credits):
12 hrs. in class + 36 hrs. of study (3 hrs. per 1 hr in class) = 48 hrs per week
When you add 40 hrs (job ) + 48 hrs (school) = 88 hrs per week . This doesn’t leave time for much else (like the family that loves you or the yard that needs mowing)!
Some students are able to balance a full time work schedule and being a full time student. Some people are successful, many are not. Think about what will work for you and your own personal situation. No two people are exactly alike. Find a balance that is right for you.
Students now are faced with more potential distractions than ever before. If only number of texts, tweets and "What's on your mind" updates could be counted for extra credit in English. We're writing aren't we?
We see and read what our friends and family are up to at any given time of day. We can keep up to date on our favorite pastimes and let's not even get started on the games.
"Friendly" interruptions in the form of a text, instant message or "update" can be a major drain of your time. Think about the amount of time you are spending electronically socializing. Try to keep school and your personal life separate for a while each day. When it is time to study, turn off those distracting electronics or put them in a place where you won't be likely to check it. See how much more productive you can be. Believe it or not, you don't have to be "available" 24 hrs a day.
Bursar, credit, prerequisite… huh… What?
As you may have noticed college has a language all its own. Don't worry you will catch on quickly! Often all these new terms are thrown at you with lightning speed and sometimes not explained at all. On the Advising web site we have compiled a list of the most common college terms for your reference. Check out the list and take the mystery out of college lingo.
Now I have your attention! Ever wish that you could get some extra help figuring out your math problem? Or wish for some extra help with your English essay? How about wishing you could bump up your science grade?
I love making wishes come true!
Two ways your "wishes" can be a reality at CSM:
Muster up some initiative and take the first step to seek out the help you need. Go ahead… nudge, nudge… You can do it!
Did Mom or Dad pick out the clothes you are wearing today? My guess is no way! Did they pick the classes you are attending today? Maybe—or you don't want to admit it. I would bet there is a greater chance your parents selected your classes vs. your outfit. I wonder why?
To the defense of parents, they have all the best intentions in mind and only want what is best for you. Be as invested in your future as they are. It is fine to listen to your parents (believe it or not they do know a whole lot!) but ultimately college is all about your choices. You need to do the research to make sure you are taking the right classes; you need to check your grades, your tuition bill, and your wait list. Do you see a common theme here… YOU, YOU, YOU!
As well, did you know that YOU are protected by a Federal Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA)? The only one we can speak with about your academic record (go ahead and guess….) is YOU. It is a federal law.
YOU are in control of your future. Make selecting your courses as important as your next jeans purchase. You wouldn't leave that decision to mom.
For more information on disclosure of student records, please view information on FERPA.
Do you feel like you are all alone? Are you full of questions but not sure where to start? Navigating through college is like most things in life; no step by step manual and sometimes no obvious right way to go.
You are not alone. Help is here. Let's hear that sigh of relief!
Think of Academic Advising as the first step on your college journey. We are here to assist you in formulating your college success plan. Every student at CSM is unique and has different personal and academic goals. On the contrary, Advisors are here for one reason, to help students. We want you to be successful! Don't expect that we will tell you what to do (oh if it was that easy!). It isn't our place. Think of us as your support system. We can help you identify your goals and assist you in creating a plan to achieve them. If you are not sure where to go for your question and not sure where to start, don't fumble around in the "dark" hoping to find your way. Start with us and we will help you light your path. We can't wait to see you shine!
Take a minute to think about your favorite study spot. Could it be sitting in a study lounge on campus? A quiet place alone? Maybe you do not have a place in mind at all and are really thinking about setting a new PR on your latest X-box 360 game?
Where you chose to study is a critical factor in your college success. In college, because of the schedule and possible long breaks between classes, a good number of students study on campus. Favorite locations are the library, study lounges and cafeteria. Depending on your personal study preference (and your tolerance of noise when studying) you may have chosen one or all of these locations for your go-to spot.
For those social butterflies out there, this may not be the best strategy. Let's say you have a 2 hour break where you plan to really buckle down and get something accomplished. Then your best buddy stops by to say "hi" and now your 2 hrs is down to 1 hr and 15 minutes. Next a group of your friends settle at a nearby table (too much to resist) and next thing you know you are over there talking about Friday night. Now your 2 hours is down to 10 minutes and you are no further along on your English essay than you were when you started.
Does this look like a scene from your life?
Location, location, location. If you have trouble focusing on your work when there are friends (or soon- to- be friends) milling around; do your grades a favor and seek out a place with less traffic. You will be less distracted and less tempted to ditch your homework for your friends.
At one time or another we have all saved a paper or project assignment to the last minute. "Working under pressure" and doing things at the last minute may work on occasion for those super heroes out there, but for the vast majority of us mortals, saving things for the last minute does not produce our best work. It often creates the four letter word I have in mind… FAIL. So, how do we get out of this pattern?
The answer comes in another four letter word. PLAN. Isn't that perfect!
Procrastination can be the result of having too much to do and no clear place to begin. Oh, I'll start tomorrow and then when tomorrow comes, the next day looks better. Sound familiar? Planning puts the brakes on procrastination. Create an action plan to complete your personal academic agenda. Buy a calendar and write down when everything is due. Break assignments up into small segments to avoid feeling overwhelmed and write down those due dates. Then next Tuesday's exam won't come as a surprise and you will be ready instead of rushed. Wouldn't that be a nice change! This new way of honoring the deadlines you set for yourself (and those set by others) isn't going to be easy. It is going to be hard work. Most things worth having usually are.
Trying to forget what happened isn't going to get you anywhere. It is time to take action! You need to access what hindered your progress. Feel free to come in and talk with an Advisor or CSM Counselor. Where possible, make the necessary changes and/or use resources to prevent those same reasons from affecting your future semesters.
Don't forget what you did learn in the less than stellar semester. Why? You will face the material again head on. Repeating a course is the best way to bring up your GPA. The college uses the most current grades in the calculation of the GPA (higher or lower). Keep in mind; it does not erase the grades all together. The previous grades will stay on the transcript in the semester it was earned. On the bright side, the (hopefully higher) grade of the repeated course will show on your transcript and be reflected in your cumulative GPA. This is the fastest way to bring up your GPA.
PS. Don't sell those books back. You're gonna need 'em.
Many students (don't worry we aren’t going to name names) at one time or another have come in asking for recommendations on an "easy" college class. As everyone knows, there are no "easy" college classes. All college classes require work on your part. The key is finding a class that interests YOU! Every student is different. What is interesting and comes easily for one student is boring and tedious for another. Use your catalog and take a look at the course descriptions. Where possible, view the course syllabus (visit the faculty web pages under Academic Divisions). Then using all of your research, make an educated course selection. I am quite certain the course won’t be "easy" but at least you will have made the best possible decision for yourself.