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    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: Briefly describe the best job or study abroad experience you've ever had.

  Ms. Jenni 


Probably the most fun job I ever had was working at the drive-in theatre that is 2 miles from my parents' house back in Iowa.  I started working there while in high school, and worked there during  summers in college. I got to see lots of free movies, loved working the old-fashioned popcorn machine, and all these years later, am still in touch with the owners.  I think they'd hire me back if I asked!  

Ms. Nneka
The best time I had abroad was in graduate school when I traveled to Ghana. Nigeria and Mali, West Africa to study dance, music and culture. It was during this time that I was able to reflect and be present and in the moment with every experience. During this trip I was also able to visit my family in Nigeria and learn about my culture and family history.

Ms. Rachel
In college I studied abroad two times, once in France (for 8 months) and once in Nepal (for 15 months). In both places I had the opportunity to live with families and was forced to speak the language on a daily basis. While this was challenging, these experiences changed my life and my perspective on the world!!

Ms. Fenise 
A great job experience I had was working as a job readiness trainer.  I worked with older adults who were  returning to the workforce after losing manufacturing jobs. I traveled to a new city every week, delivered a 3-4 day  workshop to 15-20 students and then returned home.  It allowed me to design my own curriculum, travel around the state, meet tons of new people, have a fantastic schedule and income; while teaching some of the nicest and most appreciative students. I learned a great deal from them and the experience as a whole.

Mr. Dennis
                                      A great job experience that I had was when I worked as a Summer Youth Director during college. There was one particular young girl who unbeknownst to me was suffering from low self esteem, and as part of our youth summer soccer game/league I helped her gain a great deal of confidence in herself by making her the star player. She led the league in scoring. Years later I ran into her and she talked about how that summer changed her life. I was 20 years old at the time and was not thinking about how I was actually impacting these young kids. (Glad it was positive.)

Ms. Courtney
I studied abroad for a month in college in San Pedro, Costa Rica, which is right outside of San José, with my best friend. We arrived on New Year's Eve and had so much fun celebrating and bringing in the New Year with our host mom and her extended family. In addition to taking a Spanish course, I went hiking, visited a live volcano, took a tour of the most beautiful waterfalls, and went to Manuel Antonio National Park, where the beaches were amazing and I saw a sloth up close and personal.

Mr. Peter 
In college, I was able to study in Prague in the Czech Republic. I lived with a couple of Americans but also with a native Czech. Living with him was an easy and comfortable way to share cultures and it helped with my acquisition of the language. To this day, my favorite word is smrzlina (ice cream, in English). Who knew that many consonants could follow each other!

                           Mr. Sean 
My best job experience was when I worked at DePaul University. I say this because the institution not only stayed true to its Vincentian identity by supporting those students who were not financially, academically, or socially prepared for college, but DePaul also placed an emphasis on employee engagement and retention. This was demonstrated by the extensive number of employee support programs offered and the generous amount of paid time off given to all full-time staff.

Congratulations and Shout Out to our
Future Link  graduates and scholars  w ho spoke and participated in the New Futures Award Dinner.   Ana Villanueva,  Mustaf Ibrahim and 
Edwin Parada, and 
Darlene Guardado

Future Link Graduates: Briana Pratt, Laura Ramirez Salgado, Evelin Ugarte, Carol Lopez
Justina Nwaigwe, Jennifer Adobea, Daniel Roa Montalvo.

Pictured Left to Right:  
Ana Villanueva (Prince George's CC)
Darlene Guardado (Montgomery C)
Mustaf Ibrahim (Montgomery C)
Edwin Parada (Montgomery C

Shout Out to Virginia Hernandez 
for getting a 4.0 for the Fall semester. Coach Dennis is very proud of you. 

Shout out from Coach Courtney; to the following students who decided to make their winter breaks especially productive by taking a winter course in order to get ahead: Pablo Bendana (McDaniel), Serena Spickler (UMBC), Nahom Tesfatsion (UMD), Tony Ismalaj (UMD), and Isabella Hlavacek  (UMBC at USG),  Doopashika Welikala (UMBC)  
Keep up the great work!  

Shout Out to Nicole Folkes (UMD) and Christina Rogelio (UMD) who were both offered lab internships this winter break -- great job you two! Congrats from Coach Courtney! 

Big Shout  out  to Jocelyn Salinas, Tony Ismalaj , and Giselle Gonzalez for helping out with NCAN's Student Stories Project.  To check out the Student Stories Project, go to

Shout Out t Sam Girma at UMD @ USG Sam is graduating this spring and has just been accepted to five different grad schools! In t he fall, Sam will begin her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology. Go, Sam!!

Shout Out to Jason Vargas  at UMD for securing an internship with IBM. Coach Fenise is very happy for you and we all know you will do well! 
To all of our Scholars, please keep up the great work. We are proud of you all! 





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Exploring New Frontiers 

What is experiential learning?  Simply put it is the reflective process of learning through an experience. Through opportunities of experiential learning, students have the chance to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom while also learning new skills and values that are related to their (career) fields of interest. 

There are many experiential learning opportunities available on college campuses, such as internships, studying abroad, co-ops, and service learning activities. While all of these experiential learning options are great, one stands out when it comes to securing a job after college - internships! And do you know a great place you could access a plethora of internship and job opportunities? YES, that's right -- your university's spring career and internship fair!

Here are some tips for how to make the most of your school's career and internship fair!

Before:                                                                   During:  
  • Plan ahead! If possible, check online to see which companies and organizations will be attending the career fair.
  • Make a list of the companies you're interested in, prioritize who you'll likely visit first, then do some research on your favorite companies.
  • Go to the Career Center to have your resume reviewed and print several copies to take with you, along with a notepad on the day of the fair. 
  • Practice introducing yourself and your career interests so that you have a solid introduction down when you visit different company tables.
  • Dress professionally- you should be dressed to impress!

  • Now it's time to put your plan to action! Spend your time wisely. Set aside at least an hour or so to make sure you visit each of the companies on your list. 
  • Try to visit one of your low-priority companies first so that you can get practice sharing your introduction before talking with your top-priority company. 
  • If there's a long line to speak to one company, go to another on your list and return later. Remember first impressions are everything -  shake their hand firmly, with good eye contact, and remain confident. 
  • Take notes when needed. If you're having a good conversation with a company representative, offer to show them your resume. If that say no that's okay. Make sure to get their business card so you can thank them and follow up later.

After:  Follow up!  Take notes about the companies you visited and the people with whom you spoke. Send a thank you note to all of your top-priority companies' representatives within 24 hours. Try to mention something specific about the conversation you had. For companies of particular interest, do more research to see when they'll be visiting campus again for information sessions or on-campus interviews.
Scholar Talent Showcase Corner

Meet Scholar, Poet,  John (JJ) Johnson
First year student at Montgomery College
"I am as single as the number one but don't worry I'll still put u first
You can be to me what the 0 is to 1
The mediator between all that is negative my constant positive
And when I find the one
Let us together be what is the number two 
a union  between two individuals.
And if I should be single let me find no other comfort than in my self alone
Because though divided, we were all born as one"

When did you write your first poem?    Just last year
What inspires you to write a poem?      Any emotional experience
Have you ever had a poem published?  I have never been published
Do you do any other types of writing or art? Yes I draw and dance 

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! 
Upcoming Career, Internship, and Study Abroad Fairs

Spring Career & Internship Fair
Stamp Student Union
Day 1- Wednesday, February 21     12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Day 2 - Thursday, February 22       12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Day 3 - Friday, February 23            12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Study Abroad Fair
Grand Ballroom Stamp
Thursday, February 8th 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm  

Spring Career & Internship Fair  
Retriever Activity Center
Friday, February 16 (Snow Date: Feb. 23) 
11:30 am - 3:30  pm

Study Abroad Fair
The Commons
Friday, February 9th 
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Spring Mega Job and Internship Fair
SECU Arena
Friday, April 13 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Spring 2018 Study Abroad Fair
University Union, Potomac Lounge
Thursday, February 8 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Maryland Career Consortium Career Fair
UMBC Retriever Activities Center
Friday, June 1 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Montgomery College
Career Fairs 
Thursday, April 12th - Germantown  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
BE 151 (Bioscience Education Center/Conference Center)

Wednesday, April 18th - Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Friday, April 27th - Rockville

Spring Career & Internship Fair
Lane Center Armah
Wednesday, April 4 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  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!

Name:  Central Scholarship Bureau
Deadline 4/2/18 
Amount:  $10,000
Eligibility:  Varies depending on scholarship, check the site listed above

Name:  Kenneth Mann Scholarship
Deadline 2/16/18 
Amount:  $1000
Eligibility:  Must be a elementary teacher applicant 

Name:  Cynthia E. Morgan Scholarship
Deadline 2/25/18 
Amount:  $1000
Eligibility:  Must be planning to enter a medical or medically related  field 


Welcome back from break MC Scholars!
We hope you were able to relax, have fun and enjoy quality time with friends and family. Here are a few things to look out for at MC this semester:

- CollegeTracks offers free tutoring to MC students based on your course subject and availability of tutors. If you are taking a challenging class or you just want to stay ahead, talk to your Success Coach about our CollegeTracks tutoring program.

- If you are not able to pay your entire tuition bill, remember than MC offers tuition payment plans. You can sign up for a payment plan by logging into your MyMC Account, clicking on "Pay My Bill/Manage Account" at the top, then click the "Tuition Installment Plan" icon.

-Are you interested in joining a student organization? We hope you attend Club Rush on  Wednesday, February 7 from 12-2pm by the Theater Arts Arena on the MC Rockville campus. For more information, go here:


CollegeTracks College Success Program Team: