Unit 7 - Student Success

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7.1 Objectives
7.2 Discussion




7.3 Summary
7.4 Lab
7.5 Exercises

7.1 Objectives

In all seriousness, the objective of this section is to EMPOWER YOU, the student.

You will learn some tips on Prevailing in College.
You will learn how to begin your decision on selecting a Major that you will enjoy.
You will learn how you can go to any great university, as long as you have a good GPA.
You will be introduced to tools to fund that Education.
You will be introduced to tools that will allow you to write a Resume and find a job.

7.2 Discussion

"It's not how good you are, but how BAD you want it!"
Lokelani Yamanoha
Financial Aid Counselor, MCC


This unit, and the accompanying paper on your ten-year life plan (see Unit 7.5.1, below; also at Unit 4.5.2), are designed to assist you in your quest for success. What is success? To Faulkner it meant prevailing rather than enduring; I think for you that means having choices in your life style. Education, a great education, is what makes those choices possible. So how do you get that great education, pay for it--better yet get it for free, and enjoy a high quality of life? This section is designed to help you over some of the hurdles, and stimulate your thinking. As John Lennon says, "Imagine," and as Loke says, want it, success, BADLY.

This section is divided into six areas: (1)Self-empowerment in College, (2)Becoming SuperStudent, (3)Happiness: Aptitude Testing, (4) Picking YOUR best 4 & 6 year Colleges, (5) Marketing yourself: Scholarships & Financial Aid, and (6)Job & Career Plans--Starting Today!

7.2.1 Self-Empowerment in College

College should be a great time in your life; it should be fun, difficult, challenging, rewarding, and energizing. It is a period when you will meet and make new friends who will stay with you throughout your life. In order to empower yourself, take some time to be curious, to discover the many facilities and people at a college who are there to assist you--then make use of their services. Read through the College Schedule to find out the location of the library with its many electronic assets, the best Computer Center that you can use, the athletic facilities, the security office, and particularly the BIG THREE: the Counseling Center, the Tutorial Center and the Transfer Center. Read through the Student Handbook. Someone took a lot of time to make that publication work for you.

Want to get really smart about a college: check the WEB for the College Homepage; it will probably have some neat information that is not contained within print media.
Important De Anza Phone Numbers
If you are learning disabled or physically challenged, find out what special facilities are available to you. If you are not sure, but think you might need some special assistance, ask a counselor what is available, and/or look for the Special Education Office. Ask a friendly faculty member (there are a few, mostly in the Math Department) for assistance.

The key if for you to get PROACTIVE and curious, to search out the many, many facilities and people that are available to you. Armando Koghan, one of my best students, once came to my office and ask me to go with him to the cadaver lab (Yes, De Anza had such a lab), and I did because he was exercising his curiosity--and now pushing mine--. His curiosity made him a great student. The co-founder of the Jewish Student Union, he transferred to UCLA, but not before teaching me (great students teach teachers) about a facility I had never even known existed on campus.

7.2.2 Becoming Super Student


In the Syllabus, you will find my maxims for student success; I'll repeat them here because they really are the keys to becoming SuperStudent: Last Updated: 2/29/12