COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2017
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 
     rlostumbo@collegetracksusa.org

    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:
COACH Q & A:
What is one thing you are looking forward to this fall?

Ms. Jenni







"I am always excited to kick off a new academic year - this year we have 3 new coaches, and more students in the program than we've ever had (463!) This fall I will have the chance to visit Scholars both at local 4YR schools, as well as some Scholars at MC.  It's fun to meet students on their campuses, whether they're in their first, third, or seventh semester of college!"

Ms. Nneka
This fall, I am looking forward to doing more reading, creative writing and spending quality time with my daughter who will be going to 1st grade this year. I am also looking forward to wearing fun earth tone colors as part of my fashionable fall wardrobe :-)

Ms. Rachel

  "I've always found the beginning of the school year to be exciting, so I am eager to hear how the Fall unfolds for my students, particularly the Freshmen! I also really love crisp, sweet and fresh apples!"


Ms. Fenise Dunson
 
"I am most looking forward to Carmel Apples, and Cider, meeting with my students on their campuses, and taking campus tours in the crisp fall air!"



Mr. Dennis

"I most look forward to the smells of the changing of the season. It usually marks the beginning of a new year even though it's technically the end of the actual calendar year. New school year, beginning of most sport seasons etc..."

Ms. Courtney
"Well, my response is twofold. I have a more serious response and a more tri vial response. I set some goals for myself back in December of last year, and I'm definitely looking forward to making sure I achieve those goals before the New Year. Also, I'm a foodie; so I'm really looking forward to all the foods that typically only make an appearance during the fall, like butternut squash soup, pumpkin muffins, and sweet potato pie!" 



Here are shout outs to some of our awesome scholars! Please share all the great things you're doing with your coach so we can recognize your accomplishments! 

Shout out to Sol Leon, (Trinity Washington University) This summer, Sol interned as a Patient Care Technician in the Nurse Trainee Program at Children's National Medical Center. Sol worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and gained valuable experience in assessment, patient care, prioritization, and communication with patients and their families!

Shout out to Alex Casso (Montgomery College) For interning at the Rockville District Court this summer and for helping us during all five weeks of CSI this summer! 

Shout out to Megan Thompson (Montgomery College) for interning this summer at the Rockville District Court!

Shout out to Gustavo Ramirez (Montgomery College) for being accepted into the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program at MC!

Shout Out to all our Scholars who were named recipients of the  Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala Scholarship 
Ingrid Fuentes (Montgomery College), Mustaf Ibrahim (Montgomery College), Kevin Flores (Montgomery College), and Sam Girma (UMCP).

Shout out to Prianca Parvez (Montgomery College) for receiving the New Futures Scholarship, Board of Trustees Scholarship, and the GRIT grant for her first semester at Montgomery College. Prianca also had the privilege of being a student speaker at New Future's Scholarship annual banquet!
 
Shout out to Emer Diaz (Montgomery College) for earning the New Futures Scholarship as well as a $6,000 scholarship from the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), and the GRIT grant!

Shout out to Ricki Garey, (Northeastern University) for doing an internship with T.Rowe Price this fall semester!

Shout out to Alex Lawrence (Pike Peaks Community College) who is now working as an "Ambassador of Fun" at Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado!

Shout out to Zelalem Alabo, (University of Rochester) for successfully completing his internship this summer with Accenture in Columbus, OH this summer while also volunteering and leading development efforts with a nonprofit called Project Gaia ( https://projectgaia.com/)! Also, Zelalem was offered a full-time position at Accenture as a consultant to start after graduation!

Special recognition to all the new 177 Success Scholars who just joined the CollegeTracks Success Program!

Keep up the awesome work!  You are all amazing!  

  
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Hello College Bound Scholars!
 
Hello to our new Success Program Scholars and welcome back to our continuing Scholars!  Thank you to our new scholars that attended our summer CSI workshops. During those five weeks, you learned how to use some important tools that will help you succeed in college. As you embark on your college career over the next few weeks, it is our hope that you are using all of those tools, especially your College Success Coach!  If you haven't already, please email a copy of your class schedule to your Success Coach.  
We look forward to seeing you all very soon during our on campus check-in visits; and for our very distant scholars, via Skype and Google Hangout.

How to prepare for your Fall Semester Check-in:

Bring your questions:  Are you having issues with your Financial Aid, adding or dropping a class or need some advice on how to create a study schedule and manage your time? Here is your opportunity to get answers and immediate help. 

Be prepared to meet for one hour and committed to the process:  During your check-in this is YOUR time, respect it and your coach by showing up on time, ready to talk and complete necessary tasks.  Feel free to give us a campus tour and show your favorite place to hang out!
         
Fall Is Right Around the Corner

Here's to Fall-a season of new beginnings! 

Now is the time to embrace your college experience. Whether you're just starting your college journey, or you're in your last semester of college, know that change is a part of college, and life. Change is inevitable, but it also brings about an enormous amount of growth and opportunity."     

"The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to 
let the dead things go." ~anonymous

Sometimes change isn't easy. For many, change will come in the form of adjusting to college life, making new friends, and becoming independent.  For others it may be time to look for internships, a part-time job or even applying for graduation.  Take a step back and acknowledge all that you have accomplished and be encouraged by what great things await you! If you need help adjusting in anyway, please share that with your success coach so that we can partner with you to find solutions. What ever that change is for you; it is our hope that you welcome it. 

~CollegeTracks Success Team

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Welcome New Success Coach:
Ms. Courtney Riley
 
Meet one of our new Success Coaches--Ms. Courtney Riley. She joined the CollegeTracks Success Program in July and is very excited to be working with Success Scholars. Read on to learn more about her.

What school did you attend and what was your major?
"I went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for college and my major was Sociology with a minor in Education Policy Studies. I went to the University of Maryland College Park for graduate school and received my Masters in Student Affairs." 

What is your favorite food?
"Sweets! I love cookies, cupcakes, and muffins especially. Interestingly though, I do not really care for anything that's chocolate-flavored."

Give one interesting fact about yourself. 
"I have a really great memory; sometimes it surprises people--including me!" 

What are you most excited about in joining the CollegeTracks Success Team?
"I am excited to work with a team of equally committed and caring individuals. I also really look forward to building strong connections with scholars and helping them achieve their goals."

What are your hobbies?
  "In no particular order,  love to read, travel, sing, work out, watch movies, play sports, and hang out with friends and family!" 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
"The ability to heal people. Healing and growth are two things I'm already wholly invested in, and I think a superpower would only amplify that."

  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: The Herb Block Scholarship
Due Date: November 10, 2017
Amount: Up to $8000 per academic year
Eligibility: Attend a participating community college and have earned less than 40 credits towards a degree.

Name: Shout it Out Scholarship
Due Date: September 30, 2017
Amount: $1,500
Eligibility: Must be age 13 or older, and a legal resident of the United States. Must enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution or higher education by 2020. Applicants will be asked to submit an online written response to "If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?"
More Info: 
 
Name: AES Engineering Scholarships
Due Date: October 6, 2017
Amount: $500
Eligibility: Open to all students attending a post-secondary educational facility. Does not need to be an engineering student Must submit an essay answering the question, "When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful...."


 * MONTGOMERY COLLEGE-SPECIFIC INFORMATION *

Welcome class of 2017 scholars and our current scholars! 
We look forward to seeing you on MC's campuses. If you have a check in with your Success Coach at MC Rockville, meet them in the Science Center Building. If you will meet your coach at MC Germantown, meet them in the Bioscience Education Center Building. For those students meeting their Coach at MC Takoma, please find your Coach in the student cafeteria area of the Student Services Center Building.

Would you like to work with a tutor this semester? If so, you will soon receive a survey asking if you want to participate in the CollegeTracks-MC Tutoring Program this semester. If you are interested, please complete the survey and discuss tutoring with your Success Coach.

Are you interested in joining a student organization at MC? If so, Club Rush will allow you to meet, join and have fun with a student organization on campus!

  • Wed Sept 13th from 12-2pm at MC Rockville (in front of the Theatre Arts Building)
  • Wed Sept 6th and Thurs Sept 7th from 11am-1pm at MC Germantown (Quad area outside the SA Building)

Be sure to check your MyMC account for the drop deadlines for your courses. If you are wondering where to find this information, please ask your Success Coach!


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