Student Success: The Course and the Reality

As freshmen at JCC we are exposed to countless challenges and obstacles and are faced with the reality that our lives are only beginning, and that all the stuff we’ve been through up to this point is just a prelude to adulthood. To help with this sudden change counselors and faculty have required students to attend a “Student Success Seminar” course for the first five weeks of any given semester. Although this class is preferred for incoming freshman students, there have been cases in which sophomores have been thrown into the mixture. It shouldn’t be looked down on however, because this 50-minute class has not only proven to be immensely beneficial for students attending JCC now, but for their future lives as well.

The purpose of the Student Success Seminar is pretty self-evident: it’s about how to be successful in college. Think subjects such as time management, effective study methods, how to deal with common life obstacles, and learning the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of Angel and Banner. These tools and tips can have an enormous impact on the everyday life of a college student, as those who have taken the course can testify.

“I think I’ve learned the most in this class out of all my classes!” claimed one 8 a.m. seminar student. She wasn’t joking either. The lessons learned in this class ultimately prepare college students for success in future professions and businesses. Which means…take it seriously! Let me reassure you that the tactics learned in Student Success are valuable and they will help you excel later on in life, once we actually become what we’ve been threatening to for a while: full-fledged adults.

students at a student success seminar

Some students at their Student Success Seminar, learning the skills they need to, you know, be successful.

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.