8 Tips to Succeed in College

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Atlantic Cape’s Counseling and Support Services department is dedicated to helping students develop a “Yes, I can!” attitude as they work toward a better life for themselves and their loved ones.

Counseling and Support Services focuses on students’ academic, social and personal development as they navigate the, oftentimes, intimidating and bewildering world of higher education. They do this by offering programs, services and activities such as personal counseling, leadership training, career planning, accommodations for documented disabilities, and transfer planning.

These services are not only for the traditional student. The current state of the economy and the demand for updated skills means more adults are returning to college. (The National Center of Education Statistics states that 38 percent of enrolled undergraduates are over 25 years old and this number is expected to increase.)

This can be a difficult adjustment; many adults have families, jobs and other responsibilities. The counselors are aware of these challenges and work with these students to help them achieve their goals by suggesting night classes or taking their required coursework online.

With more than 100 years of combined experience in the college counseling field, the counselors at Atlantic Cape offer the following tips to help students successfully reach their goal of a college degree:

Remember Why You’re in College – Yes, extracurricular activities and social events are plentiful on a college campus. Yes, they’re a lot of fun. Yes, you should get involved. No, you shouldn’t ignore your studies. It’s easy to get distracted. Remain focused on your goals.

Get Plenty of Sleep – Proper rest is linked to better academic performance and an improved ability to handle stressful situations. Plus, it’s cheaper and healthier than coffee, cigarettes, energy drinks and the vending machine.

Read the Catalog – Every college has a catalog chock-full of information about their campus, policies, majors and courses. There’s an excellent chance the answer to your question is in there.

Ask, Ask, Ask – Need help? Don’t understand something? Ask. If the person you’re asking doesn’t know the answer, they can help you find it. That’s what they’re there for.

Plan – Getting a college degree is not something you can do with your eyes closed. You need to actively plan how you’re going to do it. How many classes will you take each semester? Are you planning to work? Do you have reliable transportation to campus? Do you have an alarm clock so you don’t sleep through classes? These are a few of the many questions you’ll need to answer.

Read – Reading is the best way to improve your vocabulary, writing skills and analytical thinking abilities. It’s also a great workout for your brain. Being able to understand the written word is an essential life skill. If you don’t like to read, start with 15 minutes a day. Sorry, text messages don’t count.

Be Open to New Experiences – College will expose you to people with different perspectives, opinions, and lifestyles. You will develop more tolerance and appreciation for diversity.

Sign up for Text Alerts Stay updated on school closings and emergency information by signing up for text alerts at www.atlantic.edu. You can also choose to receive specialized information on registration, financial aid and more by signing up for additional text groups.

To reach the office of Counseling and Support Services, call (609) 343-5667.

Services for Students

Atlantic Cape provides a supportive learning environment. Our class sizes are small—an average of 23 per class—giving you the opportunity to receive the individual attention you deserve. Faculty know your name and are available outside the class for additional support.

In addition, the college offers a complete network of student support services, from one-on-one counseling to accommodations for special needs, staffed by individuals who are available to offer assistance and encouragement.

Many of our students receive free extra tutoring in the college’s math, reading and writing labs. You can get one-on-one help when you need extra support.

We’ll also help you research career options, choose a transfer university and prepare for employment after college with workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and how to dress for success.

Atlantic Cape has more than 20 clubs to meet student interests, including:

  • Student Government Association
  • Art Club
  • Asian Student Alliance
  • Atlantic Cape Review
  • Baking & Pastry Club
  • Black Student Alliance
  • Cheerleading Club
  • Cross-Cultural Student Association
  • Culinary Student Association
  • Dance Club
  • Future Teachers of America
  • History & Government Club
  • Lacrosse Club
  • Latin Experience Club
  • Paralegal Studies Club
  • Performing Arts Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
  • Rewrites Literary Magazine
  • Student Environmental Club
  • Student Nurses Club
  • TV Club
  • WACC Radio.org
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