COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2018
CollegeTracks MM/DD/YY
 
    Ms. Jenni Adams
     Success Program Director
     515.519.0731
  
 
      Ms. Nneka Onyilofor
     Success Coach
     240.630.1224
   

    Ms. Rachel Lostumbo
     Success Coach
     240.242.5423 


    Ms. Fenise Dunson
     Success Coach
     240.541.8239



HERE'S HOW YOU CAN BOOK YOUR CHECK INS WITH YOUR COACH:

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

2) Go to your coach's youcanbook.me 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:
   
COACH Q & A:
We have each picked ONE word that will allow us to gain focus over the entire course of 2018 

Ms. Jenni




    Expansive


Ms. Nneka
                
             
Elevated


Ms. Rachel

Patience 
 

Ms. Fenise Dunson
 

Driven



Mr. Dennis

                          Fortitude 


Ms. Courtney
                   
Process-driven


Mr. Peter 
                   

Woke


                           Mr. Sean 
                      

Intentional


Congratulations to all of these December, 2017 Graduates who deserve a shout out for their hard work and persistence. 


Chantal Gutierrez  (UMD School of Nursing)

Lolita Minnah  (Trinity DC)

Cornelio Reyes (Towson)

Jeffanie Rantung (UMD)

Noe Flores (UMD)

Kevin Ventura (MC)

Kristian Bonilla 
(MC)


Carl Zambard (MC)

Rene Lemus (MC)

Camila Serpas Landaverde (MC)

Shayan Hassani (MC)



To all of our Scholars, please keep up the great work. We are proud of you all! 

  
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New Year, New You:
Goal Setting for the Spring Semester and Beyond

Breathe. Finals are over and you now (hopefully) have some down time on your hands. As you reflect on this past semester, think about what you are proud of and what you could do better in the spring. How were you better off  this semester than you were during the previous one? How can you be better next semester than you were this semester? Setting goals is a terrific way to get there.
 
 

When working on goal setting, try to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. That would be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. 
Use the example below as a guide.


Category Example: Academics
Specific
Who, What, When, Where, Why?


Attend all professor office hours within the first month of the semester.
Measurable
How much?
How often?
How many?

4 classes
Twice per month
8 meetings a month in total
Achievable

Break it down into manageable pieces.
Find out where and when office hours are.

Create a regular schedule on my phone.

Come prepared to meetings with specific questions.
Relevant

Why is this important to what you most want to achieve?

I will better prepare for exams and papers. I will also build connections that can help me with my career path.

Time Based
By when?

Complete by the end of the semester.

SMART GOAL
I am going to attend office hours for each of my classes at least twice per month for the first semester.

If-Then Plan
If = Obstacle
Then = Solution
  • If I struggle to hold myself accountable, I will email my professor ahead of time to commit to attending.
  • If I haven't gone to any office hours in the first month, I will develop a new plan with my coach.
Adapted from the College Alumni Program of the Making Waves Foundation




How can your CollegeTracks Coach help you??


 

Think about your priorities (academics, career path, financial aid, personal concerns, expanding your comfort zone, etc.) and come prepared to your next check-in ready to talk to your coach about goal setting.
  1. Create SMART goals and action plans with your coach. 
  2. Be open to feedback from your coach.
  3. Ask for help from your coach between check-ins that will help you achieve your goals
  4. Track your progress (and re-evaluate your goals if needed) during each check-in.
  5. Once a goal is accomplished, your coach can help you celebrate your success!
Scholar Talent Showcase Corner

Gif created by McDaniel Scholar Daniel David

Scholar:  Daniel David 
                                                                                   
When did you know that you had a talent for Graphic Arts?
I've always found myself doodling in notebooks in my earlier years. It wasn't until high school that I discovered programs like Photoshop and Illustrator which introduced me to a whole new medium of creating and producing artwork.

What is your ultimate goal in using this art form?
I would love to use my skills in marketing or branding! But I'm getting by with freelance jobs and small projects for now

What is your favorite piece that you have created?
I have no one favorite piece, but I am proud of the few Snapchat Geofilters I've made that I was able to have approved.

What are other talents do you have outside of visual arts?
Can't say I have any other talents! As mentioned before, I love doing film side projects, as well as photography. But other than that, nothing totally noteworthy.

What inspires you?
Movies! I always love seeing unique ways directors go about tackling visuals and dialogue, and that's something I try to incorporate when I'm creating my own work.

You are invited to see more of Daniel David's work at:  https://finding-danny.tumblr.com/  

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! 
PURPOSE

How can you prepare yourself to talk with your coach about goal setting?

Before meeting with your coach to talk about your goals, consider watching this video.

Afterward, try to reflect on your purpose and what motivates you. If you feel stuck, think about verbs that might begin to describe your purpose. Examples can include Write, Teach, Help, Interact, Design, Problem Solve, Create, Talk, etc. Decide on any that apply to you and ask your coach to help you create goals from there!

The Purpose Challenge

If you have time over winter break and are more interested in diving down the purpose rabbit hole, check out The Purpose Challenge. https://purposechallenge.org/ It's a 4-day online program that provides about 10 minutes of self-reflection activities per day. 

The blurb below is from their website. Enjoy!
"What am I meant to do? What gives my life meaning? How do I want to contribute to the world? These are all questions that get to the heart of purpose-that commitment to something that not only is meaningful to you personally, but that also helps you contribute to the world around you.

Embarking on a voyage of discovering one's purpose is critical during the adolescent years. Research shows that teens and young adults who seek purpose report higher life satisfaction and levels of happiness. They also tend to have better physical health and are more successful academically."

  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
Date: Opens January 1, 2018
Award: Up to $10,000 per year
Eligibility: Student from MD with GPA of 2.0 or higher and a family income below $90,000 or $66,000 if pursuing STEM. Must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
More Info: http://www.central-scholarship.org/how- to-apply/application- eligibility-instructions/

Name: I Have a Dream Scholarship
Due Date: January 31, 2018
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: Must be a student who is a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
More Info: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/i- have-a- dream-scholarship

Name: Point Foundation
Due Date: January 29, 2018
Award: Average amount is $13,600
Eligibility: Strong academic performance with proven leadership skills. Marginalization, financial need, academic achievement, leadership and involvement in the LGBTQ community. Does not need to be a US Citizen.
More Info: https://pointfoundation.org/point-apply/apply- now
 * MONTGOMERY COLLEGE-SPECIFIC INFORMATION *

Give yourself a pat on the back! You worked really hard this fall and you should be extremely proud of all that you have accomplished. Listed below are some upcoming MC related items to think about:

1. Talk to your Success Coach if you would like to gain career development skills, an internship and a $500 scholarship this spring. Future Link may be a good fit for you. Please note: you must have  Wednesday evenings free from  4:30pm - 7pm during the spring 2018 semester to participate. Check out more information and the application below. The deadline is  January 17, 2018.   http://www.futurelinkmd.org/seminar-application.html

2. If you have not registered for spring semester, do not delay! The longer you wait to register, the more likely you will struggle to get the course options that work for you. Talk to your Success Coach if you have questions about course registration. 

3. The first MC class drop deadline is  Wednesday, January, 10, 2018. You must pay your tuition in full OR sign up for a payment plan OR submit the class reservation form to the MC Financial Aid office, to avoid your courses being dropped.


THANK YOU FOR READING THE SUCCESS PROGRAM'S E-NEWSLETTER!

CollegeTracks College Success Program Team:
MS. JENNI ADAMS
MS. NNEKA ONYILOFOR
MS. RACHEL LOSTUMBO
MS. FENISE DUNSON
MR. DENNIS TURNER
MS. COURTNEY RILEY
MR. PETER MARSDEN
MR. SEAN COMBS

To All of Our Scholars