2-21 Weekly HawkTalk Student e-Newsletter

IMPORTANT DATES

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Feb. 21: Last day to withdraw without a grade or change a credit to an audit (or vice versa) for Spring 7-Week Session I
March 7: Classes end for Spring 7-Week Session I; summer registration opens for current students. 

March 14-20: College closed for Spring Break
March 21: Classes begin for Spring 7-week Session II

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE FAFSA PRIORITY DEADLINE IS NEXT WEEK

March 1 is the priority deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Submit your FAFSA on or before March 1 for the best shot at scholarships, grants, and other financial assistance; it’s also Maryland’s hard cutoff for FAFSA submission in order to be eligible for state-level opportunities like the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship. Get started today!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK

TALON TALK: FINANCIAL AID FUNDAMENTALS AND FAFSA COMPLETION

It’s FAFSA February! Join us each week in February for interactive and informative sessions to discuss the financial aid process, unravel the mystery of financial need, and get guidance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Register now for the webinar on Feb. 22.

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PRE-TRANSFER FAIR WEBINAR

March is an exciting month for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution, with plenty of transfer fairs and other opportunities to connect with colleges and universities. Don’t miss the Pre-Transfer Fair webinar on Feb. 22 and get ready for the Maryland Virtual Transfer Fair happening March 1 and 2. Have questions about transfer? Want to learn how to prepare for the Virtual Transfer Fair? RSVP today to get your questions answered!
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Connections Literary Series

CONNECTIONS: POET ALAN KING

Join CSM on Feb. 23 for the latest installment of the Connections Literary Series with poet Alan King and his new collection, “Crooked Smiling Light.”

 

 

NIGHT OF CYBERSECURITY

The exponential rise in cyberthreats has created an urgent need for knowledgeable, well-equipped specialists who can prevent, detect, and investigate cybersecurity breaches. Join us Feb. 24, on campus or online, for Night of Cybersecurity, to learn more about CSM’s cybersecurity program and the many career opportunities available in our region.
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TRANSFER THURSDAY

Connect directly with our transfer partners and get answers, straight from the source! Learn more and register for the Feb. 24 sessions you're interested in.

NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS

TRANSFER THURSDAY

Connect directly with our transfer partners and get answers, straight from the source! Learn more and register for the March 3 sessions you're interested in.

TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS WEBINAR

Explore the wealth of scholarship opportunities available to you as you transfer to a four-year institution with Transfer Scholarships Webinars! Register now for the webinar on March 1.

NIGHT OF ENGINEERING

Don’t miss Virtual Night of Engineering on March 2. Discover all the exciting educational and professional opportunities available to you through the Southern Maryland Engineering Partnership, CSM’s collaboration with the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).
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REAL STUDENTS, REAL STORIES: IN THEIR OWN WORDS

This week, hear a story of #CSMLove from Micolina Croson, a current homeland security student:

I was born and raised right here in Southern Maryland. My family is here and we were always very close, so I never wanted to go away for college. I already had a cousin who was attending CSM, along with a few of my closest friends, so it seemed like the smartest choice for me.

I was right: I ended up meeting my husband at CSM. He and my cousin had a class together, my cousin introduced us, and that fall we attended CSM together. We weren’t in any of the same classes, but we had a great time at CSM. It was fun meeting in the parking lot, having him walk me to classes, and going to the library together. My husband and I got married in 2005 and have been together for 16 years. I have CSM to thank for our chance to meet—it has truly shaped my life.

When our first daughter came along, I put my education on the backburner to be a stay-at-home mom. Around two years ago, I decided it was time for me to finish what I had started many years prior.

To say I was rusty is an understatement; floppy disks were still being used the last time I had attended CSM. There were many changes I had to adjust to, but I adapted and pushed through.

This go-around, I am 36, married, and a mother of four. Since returning to CSM I have taken all online classes because of how well they work into my extremely busy schedule. I work 10-hour days, five days a week running my own business from home, in addition to being a full-time mom and college student.

I am pursuing my associate degree in homeland security and plan to continue with a bachelor’s degree. I have always wanted to help make the world a safer place for all, so I am hoping that I can make a positive difference in my future career.

STUDENT RESOURCES

CSM COLLEGE SURVIVAL GUIDE

The College Survival Guide is a recurring feature that directs members of the CSM community to free resources and support for whatever challenges they may be facing. At CSM, no hawk has to fly alone.

NEED HELP REGISTERING FOR CLASSES? Talk to an advisor! Spring 7-Week Session II starts right after Spring Break, so if you need to meet with an advisor, sooner is better! Reach out now and your academic advisor will help you map out and navigate the next step in your educational journey.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to respond to the survey, and students who complete the survey before it closes on March 11 can enter a drawing to win one of three laptops. 

TAKE THE SURVEY

 

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