1. Meet New People
When I graduated last year from Jamestown High School, I knew that many of my fellow classmates were also going to JCC. I therefore figured that going into classes that fall I would see a lot of familiar faces. I even heard that JCC was basically like JHS all over again. However, that assumption was, at least for me, proven very wrong. For one thing, when I walked into my classes the first day I only knew one or two people in each class. This provided me the opportunity to make new friends as well as reconnect with old ones. The nice thing about JCC is that even though it is small enough to be very personal, it is big enough that you are always seeing and meeting new people.
2. Get an On-Campus Job
One of the best things that I have done so far at JCC is become a Student Ambassador. As a Student Ambassador I give tours of the campus to prospective students, work at campus open houses, and do anything from hanging up posters and blowing up balloons to working at the launch party for our new JCC logo! As an ambassador, I’ve met a lot of new people and made some really good connections. The job has also given me a sense of belonging and I have learned a lot more about the college. As I am looking to transfer to a four-year school, I have been taking tours of these other schools with their student ambassadors. I have learned, through experience, that your tour guide can make all the difference when it comes to getting an impression of a college. So, naturally, I always strive to give a really good impression!
3. Know Your Professors
“The more you put into something, the more you will get out of it.”
This is a saying that I am sure we have all heard before, but it really is true! At JCC I have found that the teachers that I have had are all willing to help students who put the effort in. By going in for extra help, you show the professor that you care about your grade and you, in return, get better grades because you have a greater understanding of the material. So no matter what college you attend, you can get as much or as little out of it as you desire.
4. Get Involved
Whether it be a musical ensemble, a sport, or a club, there are many ways to get involved with campus life at JCC! Musically, there are several different opportunities such as concert band, choir, vocal jazz, and jazz band. Or, through the rock ensembles program, you can create your own band with a group of your friends. Sports are another great way to get involved! Whether it be a competitive JCC-sponsored sport or an intramural sport, it is a great way to meet new people and stay active. No matter what your interests may be, there are a wide variety of clubs on campus. You are sure to find one that you will enjoy. From the JCC Uncommoners to the Hacky Sack club, there is something for everyone!