It’s all about YOU: 6 Resources That Could Save Your Behind in College

Did you know that there are countless resources online and on campus that can help you succeed at Jamestown Community College, and in the future? What if I told you that I could give you these resources right now, in this very blog post? Would you go ahead and read them, or would you simply scroll by?

Well, I hope you chose the latter, because you’re reading this right now. If you didn’t choose the latter, well, I hope you hop on the bandwagon and tag along because I’m about to expose you to the most helpful resources around! I could go on and on about my life, but I’ll save that for later posts. Let’s talk resources!

My first recommended resource: JCC library research databases, and the libraries in general!
I’ve been in so many predicaments where I would have to write research papers using actual, approved sources. (Not Wikipedia, my friends.) So I know that JCC’s library is a wonderful place to begin searching for legit sources for your next research paper! All of those books and documentaries found in the aisles of Hultquist have (practically) limitless amounts of information in them. We also have wonderful librarians to assist you in searching for the perfect sources! But NEWS FLASH: Not only does our library offer hand-held information, it also has a little something called an online library database. This online gem is found under “Libraries” on the JCC homepage and lets you instantly search thousands of internet sites stocked with trustworthy information. So next time you need ten sources for that research paper due next week, make sure to begin planning your paper with a visit to the JCC library or online database!

The second resource I love: Main Street and the LACC
We’ve all heard of Main Street (if you’re on the Jamestown Campus) and the Learning Assistance and Computer Center (for those on the Cattaraugus County Campus) in our Student Success Seminars, but what exactly are they? Well, to reiterate what you’ve probably heard, they’re learning assistance centers that provide services Kaye Young and student study together at tablesuch as tutoring and a quiet place to study and receive help when you need it. Main Street is located upstairs in the Hultquist building, and the LACC is located on the first floor of the Technology Building. With student tutors and a full array of extra textbooks to borrow for classwork, these places are a unique resource available to YOU! So why not check it out and see what the buzz is all about? I know that you’ll probably find me in Main Street utilizing the quiet environment, and you’re welcome to come study alongside me! (Bring your own flashcards, please!)

What is resource three, you ask? Student Senate and Club Council!
Prepare yourself: I am a member of Student Senate! If you don’t know what Student Senate is, that’s a shame, because we try our best to make ourselves available for your needs. Student Senate is the student government of JCC (think of your president, vice president, secretary, etc. of high school). We are like them, but more involved on campus. We were formed to help students get involved in clubs, listen to student complaints on what could be better on campus, and bridge the gap between the students and the administration of JCC. We have an office located in the Collegiate Center, just outside of the Student Union across from the bookstore. Each member of Student Senate (there are 13 of us plus one student trustee) spends one hour in the Senate Office each week and uses that hour to collaborate with people like you! The hours of each Senate member are posted on the door of the office. (Mine are Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m. Feel free to visit!) We also have Student Senate meetings that are available to the public every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. to discuss issues on campus and anything that we think would better our campus. We also hold Club Council meetings on the last Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. Club Council gathers all clubs on campus together to talk about upcoming events, community service projects, and new club ideas. Those are also available to the public, so come join the fun!

My fourth resource consists of awesome people called Peer Mentors:The 2014-2015 Peer Mentors
Peer mentors form the backbone of a program called Peer2Peer, a peer-mentoring program designed to provide support and guidance to students as they adjust to college life. Peer mentors help students connect to JCC resources, become familiar with Banner and Blackboard, make wise choices, and develop stellar time management skills. The Peer2Peer program is a great resource for making friends, learning the ins-and-outs of JCC, and simply having someone to talk to who understands your college journey. Want a mentor? Apply to be a mentee today!

Need some career counseling? Use my fifth helpful resource:The Counseling and Career Development Centers:
Don’t know which pathway to take after Jamestown Community College? Should you transfer, are there any jobs out there in your major, what should you study in college? There’s a group of people at JCC ready to help you answer all of these questions and more! Located in the Career and Counseling offices in the Collegiate Center, counselors are available to help you make the right decision as to what local careers are available and what’s hot in the job market. They can also offer you personality exams that tell you what jobs might fit you best. Not convinced? See for yourself! (I mapped out my plan after JCC with help from career counselor Colette Haight!)

The sixth resource: The Internet
Hopefully most of us know how to use the Google search engine. If you do, there are four websites I want you to add to your online favorites-

  1. Khan Academy: As a non-profit educational organization, Khan Academy was created by Salman Khan to provide free education to people around the world. Using video tutorials, subjects such as math, history, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, economics, and much more are taught to millions of students around the world through the power of YouTube. Khan Academy offers step-by-step tutorials that are easy to understand and even easier to learn.
  2. Lynda.com: Similar to Khan Academy is Lynda.com. It’s a privately owned online education company that offers thousands of video courses in software, creative skills, and business skills. You have access to all of the lessons on Lynda.com through your student login.
  3. Blackboard: Blackboard, similar to Angel, is JCC’s website where students can e-mail teachers, see course outlines, view homework and PowerPoints, interact with classmates, and take online quizzes. A Blackboard account is assigned to all students and is found on the JCC homepage.
  4. Banner: Banner is the site to view your student account. You can pay your JCC bill on Banner, view your transcript, find out your student GPA, and manage access links to various JCC sponsored web pages.

College is all about you and your chance to cultivate success. So why not utilize resources that could save your behind in college and raise you to the top of the totem pole? I’ve shared my topmost handy resources on campus, and all of them helped me find my way at JCC. By using these resources to your advantage, I can guarantee that you’ll be a little more informed and that you’ll have the most useful information at your fingertips. Go ahead — see for yourself! You won’t regret tagging along on my Resource Bandwagon.

 

 

About the author

Taylor Kickbush

Aspiring fashion journalist, freelance photographer, and lover of running-my name is Taylor Kickbush. Being a 19-year-old sophomore at Jamestown Community College, I find it hard to believe that my associate’s degree in communication is in sight and adulthood rests just beyond the horizon. At this point in my college career, I have discovered that JCC offers wonderful opportunities to create friendships and network with valuable career professionals from (literally) around the globe! As a prospective internship awaits my attendance in London, England this spring, I plan to trek the UK and represent JCC with all of the workplace etiquette its classes have taught me. Every day I feel one leap closer toward successfully achieving my dreams, and one day I hope you can say the same. In closing, I thank all those who read these words as I write about the everyday obstacles we all hurdle on the route to our becoming who we want to be.