APRIL 2018
CollegeTracks MM/DD/YY
    Ms. Jenni Adams
     Success Program Director
      Ms. Nneka Onyilofor
     Success Coach

    Ms. Rachel Lostumbo
     Success Coach

    Ms. Fenise Dunson
     Success Coach


1) Look at your schedule to see when you're available for a 1-hour check in.

2) Go to your coach's link (below).

3) Choose an appropriate time slot and fill out the necessary information. Note where your coach will be that day.

4) Book it! A confirmation will be sent to your email. Now, put that check in on your calendar and set your reminder.
Ms. Jenni:

Ms. Nneka:

Ms. Rachel:

Mr. Peter:

Mr. Sean:

Q:"What does the Spring season symbolize for you personally and/or professionally?"

    Ms. Jenni 
    I love spring - there's so much to celebrate and enjoy: Mother's Day, graduation, the end of finals, the shedding of winter coats! Spring is also an exciting time as a coach, as that's the time every year we get to meet and welcome our newest Success scholars. New students always have such a great energy about them!

                          Ms. Nneka
My daughter's birthday is in spring, so spring is a reminder of how much she has changed my life. It is also a reminder that time is going by really fast! Spring encourages me to evaluate if I am meeting the goals that I set at the top of the year. 

Ms. Rachel
Spring reminds me to slow down, literally, and smell the flowers! For me it is also a time to do some long-term planning which I find harder to do in the cold weather.

Ms. Fenise 
Spring is a time to renew and refresh; both professionally and personally.  I tend to revisit goals, and if necessary change my game plan, hit the reset button and get renewed energy for what awaits! I also change my home decor, and spruce up my personal wardrobe!

Mr. Dennis
For me being from a place where the winters are harsh, Spring represents the survival of tough times and the beginning of new dreams and goals.

Ms. Courtney
Because the summer is the season in which a lot of the so-called "peaks" of my year usually manifest themselves, I often envision spring as a time for physical, spiritual, 
and mental preparation.

Mr. Peter 
While spring is frequently known to symbolize new beginnings and growth, I've lived my whole life on an academic calendar where things actually wind down in the spring. So to me spring is all about finishing strong and reflecting on the academic year's successes  and challenges.

                         Mr. Sean 
For me, it represents the "renewal" of my commitment to staying positive and focused on the three short-term goals that I have set for myself.

Big S hout  outs to Kimberly Parram, Rowda Muhammad, Mustaf Ibrahim, Darlene Guardado and Edwin Benitez for helping CollegeTracks out with site visits this month.  All five did an amazing job in representing CollegeTracks! 

Huge S hout out to Emmanuel Fernandez for finishing up so strong at Job Corps- 2 Student of the Month recognitions, an Electrician's certificate and a job offer!! Woo hoo!!!

Major Shout out to David Mundeke for being serious about pursuing the Broad Point summer internship program. He has demonstrated nothing short of commitment and professionalism.

Special Shout out to Dustin Cabrera who passed the Maryland Real Estate License State Exam! Dustin is hoping to soon make a transition to work for a local brokerage firm.

Coach Courtney would like to give a Great Shout out to all of her scholars who are putting in the work, with editing their resumes and cover letters, practicing with mock interviews, researching organizations and  companies, in order to secure a summer internship, part-time job, or post-graduation job. This process doesn't just happen overnight; it takes a lot of time, effort, and commitment. Coach Courtney is so proud of all of your hard work - it definitely does not go unnoticed! Keep at it! 

Magnanimous Shout out to Diani Maxwell for securing a summer internship at Excellon!
Coach Fenise is so glad to hear about your awesome opportunity to be a rock star intern. 

Gigantic Shout out to Wenbin Liu  for securing a summer internship at Eaton, writing computer software. Wenbin  never ceases to amaze us and we know that he's going to be a great intern.

Colossal Shout out to all of our upcoming graduates who have submitted their applications to graduate, have sent us their Graduation Profile Picture and have committed to attending CollegeTracks Graduation Celebration! 

To all of our scholars, we are proud of your accomplishments both large and small, please keep up the great work!





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Set Goals ! Set study goals to finish all your work before the end of the semester and get a jump start on studying for finals. This involves creating priorities and staying focused.
Stay Organized: Staying organized will prevent you from losing or forgetting about assignments. Use a planner or calendar to stay organized and prepared for upcoming final projects and tests.
Don't Stop ! This is not the time to stop attending class and handing in assigments. Yes, the end is in sight but don't give up too early! You're almost there and in the end, hard work pays off. 
Resist Temptation! As you head into the final stretch of the semester, now is not the time to watch one more show or hang out with your friends for one more hour. Get the work done so you can FINISH STRONG!
Take Care of Yourself! Eat well, exercise and get enough sleep- all will help you remain focused.
Get Motivated! Remember why you have worked so hard this year and stay motivated to FINISH STRONG!
Plan Ahead with Your CollegeTracks Coach - Did you complete your FAFSA, plan for your summer and register for classes for next semester? Meet with your coach to make sure you are on track!
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Talent Corner
This month's Talent Corner submission comes from 
Scholar  Alex Lawrence   

Alex Lawrence

When did you first begin to paint- 
I started drawing the moment I could properly hold a pencil in my hand but I didn't really get into painting until sometime when I was in middle school when I actually had a better understanding of how to use different paints properly as well as understanding that the use of different paint brushes could effect the out come or look of the painting.

What inspires you to paint?
As far as my source of inspiration; honestly it depends upon the day or my current mood really.  I really enjoy painting when I have an idea or image in my mind! Sometimes I'll be walking outside and enjoying the scenery and BAM! That's when something hits me. For example let's say you're walking around in a garden and you walk past a pond. Well for me that's a work of art, a picture waiting to be painted! I love painting scenery especially those out in the wilderness; however I absolutely love painting the night sky. I'm fascinated at looking at the stars and the constellations and it gives me pure joy to be able to paint the very thing I love! I enjoy painting objects too.

What is your favorite medium?
Now my favorite paint to use is acrylic; I'll use watercolor here and there and do a painting in oil once a blue moon but my go to paint is acrylic. It's easy to work with, it's dynamic as far as the texture and look it gives to a painting, it's also very vibrant and fun to use!

Do you do other types of art or writing?
Besides painting I love to write poetry. It's my way of being able to give people an inside look into my mind and heart without having to explain myself word for word. I like to keep everyone kind of on there toes.

By Alex Lawrence 

Do you have a talent or skill that you would like featured in our Talent Showcase Corner? We would love to showcase your talent in music, poetry, visual arts and more!  Please share your information with your Success Coach! 
  Don't miss out! Scholarships are a great way to help pay for your school, books, transportation, etc. And best of all, you don't have to pay them back!

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Deadline:  4/15/18
Amount:   $1,500
Eligibility: College Student 
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Amount:   $ 250-2500
Eligibility: College Student 
Name:         Great Minds in STEM                  
Deadline:   4/30/18
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Amount:     $500-10,000 (varies)
Eligibility:   Hispanic, College STEM majors 

Happy Spring MC Scholars!

We know classes have not always been easy, but keep are over halfway there! If you have not turned in your MC Financial Aid forms, be sure to do this ASAP. The Priority Deadline for MC Financial Aid forms was on March 1st.

Here's how:  
1. Log in to your MyMC account
2. Click "Financial Aid" at the top of the screen
3. Scroll down and select the 2018-19 school year
4. Print and fill out your forms and bring them to the MC Financial Aid Office.
5. Check back to see if your forms have processed. You will see green check marks when your forms have fully processed.

Here are some additional events and dates to be aware of:
April 9    Fall 2018 class schedule available for viewing only
April 23  Priority registration begins for Fall 2018 
April 30  General registration begins for Fall 2018

Montgomery College Job Fairs in 
Thursday, April 12th
Wednesday, April 18th
Takoma Park/Silver Spring 
Friday, April 27th

* Check with your Success Coach for an update on the location of these job fairs.


CollegeTracks College Success Program Team: