COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2019
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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 one-hour check in.

2) Go to your coach's youcanbook.me link or method of booking listed (below).

3) Choose an appropriate time slot and fill out the necessary information. Note where your coach will be that day.  For texting or emailing requests, provide a few different choices of dates and times to your coach. 

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:
Text directly to:  240-630-1224 


Ms. Rachel:
Text directly to: 240.242.5423
                          Mr. Dennis


Ms. Courtney: 


Mr. Peter:


Ms Destiney 
 Text directly to:  202.695.3718

COACH Q & A:

Question:  
"What is one goal that you hope to accomplish in 2019?" 

    Ms. Jenni 
"My goal is to reduce my screen time. There are definitely people more attached to their phones than I am to mine, but I still want to spend less time engaged with screens, and more time engaged with what's happening around me."
 
                               
                                  Ms. Nneka
    
"In 2019, I hope to begin the home ownership process. I say process because there is so much to learn about buying a home, and it takes time and patience to make the right choice. I do not want to rush through the steps and make a poor decision. I am prepared to take my time, and I am excited for the journey!"


Ms. Rachel
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"I love to read books, but 99% of the time I read fiction.  I read so many great reviews of non-fiction books but when it comes time to pick out a new book to read I always reach for a novel. Not next year- in 2019 I commit to reading at least 5 non-fiction books!"

Ms. Fenise 
  
"My one goal for 2019 is to travel someplace I have never been, even if I have to go alone." 



Mr. Dennis
                    
" One thing that I want to accomplish is to start eating healthier."


Ms. Courtney
   
"In 2019, I aim to master self-discipline."


Mr. Peter 
               
" In 2019 I am committing to communicating more with old friends. More texts, calls, etc. I'm at the stage where a lot of loved ones are moving farther apart and/or having kids and I just want to strengthen those relationships as much as possible."


Ms. Destiney
" In 2019 I hope to accomplish the goal of international and domestic travel with my son to five destinations connected to our ancestry
                  that we've never visited."                     
Congratulations to ALL CollegeTracks Scholars who participated and graduated from Future Link this fall! We are so proud of you and look forward to hearing how the program helped you clarify your personal strengths, skills, and career goals!  

Shout out to Jason Solano, MC, for completing the Future Link program this semester!

Shout out to Sudin Amatya at UMD. After a couple of semesters in which he withdrew from a class, Sudin committed to himself, his classes, and graduating in 4 years by registering for more than 15 credits this semester and sticking with all of his classes to the end. Great work!  

Shout out to Wenbin Liu upcoming graduate at UMD for securing a fantastic full-time position with Eaton, Inc. Wenbin interned at Eaton and made valuable contributions that landed a great job offer. We are so very proud of him and his pending graduation from UMD this fall! Congratulations Wenbin!

Shout out to Raynolds Awusi for deciding to join the Marine Corp Reserves. Raynolds starts Boot Camp and MOS training in a few weeks and will return to Southern Vermont College soon after. Raynolds, we support your decision to serve our country in this manner. Oorah and congratulations!

Shout out to Aaron Merlos, a first-year student at University of Maryland, for being offered positions as both a resident assistant (RA) and an orientation advisor! Congrats to you Aaron for successfully making it through the application and interview process for these two on-campus leadership positions!

Shout out to Brandon Rodriguez Torrento, a second-year student at Goucher, for being accepted into a study abroad program based in Italy for the Spring 2019 semester! Congrats, and arrivederci, Brandon! We wish you the best! 

Shout out to Maryam Habib, a second-year student at Salisbury University, for competing in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics's Regional Ethics Bowl in New York last month. Maryam and her team made it all the way to the final round and competed against Yale. Her team competed against 30 schools and has been invited to participate at Nationals; congrats Maryam!

Shout out to Semi Girma, a second-year student at Goucher, for being a superstar in the fall semester. Semi it totally rocking out the courses in her new major and minor, Business and Communications, while also managing three jobs. Congrats to you Semi for your amazing work effort this semester!   

Shout out to all of our scholars who are graduating this Winter. Your achievement is why we do what we do! Congratulations on reaching this milestone. 
  
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The Internship Experience  

Interning can be a wonderful way to get career experience needed for today's workplace. But don't just take our word for it.  Read the internship reflection below from one of our CollegeTracks scholars. Think about how you can enhance your resume and talent tool box with an internship. 

                                                                                                               
           
Are you a working student, intern, or new to the workplace?
 
I'm glad you kept reading. Also, congratulations on the placement... getting hired isn't always easy. As you know, there are tons of articles available for interview practice. Often times though, tips don't extend beyond securing a placement. For this reason, I've decided to share some tips that will encourage YOU to make the most of your work experience by getting to know your colleagues.

To make the most of your workplace environment, branch out from your direct teammates by introducing yourself to as many people in the company as you can. When you've absolutely tried all you can to occupy physical space with coworkers, go online. Visit your company's organizational chart. This allows you to view the link between fellow employees, and it also reveals job titles.

To engage in meaningful conversation, try to find people whose job titles interest you to learn the nitty-gritty of their role. Then, add them to your personal meet & greet list. Many people struggle with the initial process of meet & greets. Really though, reaching out should not be your main concern because people love sharing their passions. They understand that we are the generation that will keep things going, so they're interested in our well-being. If it seems like someone is not interested in you, consider the time of the quarter, their role, workload, and personality type - don't take it personally.

With that said, putting yourself out there in the workplace takes a strong sense of self and a willingness to accept that you don't know everything (humility). When you realize it's possible to learn from even the smallest conversations, you will gain satisfaction from the experience and actually learn something Learning is a mindset... so whatever you decide to do, expect to learn something!


Written by: 
Sarah Ricki Garey | Torch '10 Scholar
Northeastern University | CAMD
Communication Studies Major
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Point Foundation 
1/29/19 Up to $10,000
* Must be at least a high school senior                            
* Must demonstrate financial need and a  strong academic record              
* Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an  accredited college/university based in US    * Must be "Out" as a person who identifies  as a member of the LGBTQ community         * Must be enrolled full-time the WHOLE year
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Dosomething.org - Treat Your Friend-Scholarship
1/31/19
$5,000
- Must be between the ages of 13-25
- Eligibility requirements vary for each scholarship
- Must complete 3 easy steps to apply for a scholarship: 1) Sign up for a campaign
2) Complete the campaign (some take 5 minutes or less)
3) Upload a picture to show you completed the campaign

 
 

     











We've Moved!



To better meet the needs of our growing scholar population and staff we have moved to downtown Silver Spring! Please note our new address:  8737 Colesville Rd, Suite 1010, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  We are closest to the Town Square public parking garage on Spring Street, the bus stop of Colesville Rd. and Spring Street; and an easy 6 minute walk from the Silver Spring Metro station.  Schedule your next check in and meet with your Success Coach at our new location today. We can't wait to see you here!

Career Calendar 

School
Career Center Events
Montgomery College
  • (Check back in February)
Frostburg State
  • April 3rd - Spring Career and Internship Fair
  • April 17th - Education Job Fair
Goucher
  • (Check back in February)
Hood
  • (Check back in February)
McDaniel
  • Jan. 31st - Where in the World Will You Go? (study abroad info session)
  • Feb. 13th - Scholarship and Fellowship Info Session
  • March 6th - Career and Internship Fair
Morgan State
  • Feb. 5th - Connections Internship Fair
  • April 10th - Spring Job Fair
Salisbury
  • Jan. 17th - Prince William County Public Schools Teacher Virtual Job Fair
Southern Vermont
  • (Check back in February)
Towson
  • Jan. 20th - LinkedIn Photo Booth
UMBC
  • Jan. 16th - Dependable Strengths Workshop
  • Feb. 4th - Keys to Success Workshop
  • Feb. 6th - UMBC Connects: Northrup Grumman
  • Feb. 6th - Resume Rescue
  • Feb. 15th - Spring Career and Internship Fair
Univ. of Maryland
  • Jan. 6th - Goldman Sachs Diversity Exploratory Programs
Note: If you don't see your school above, make sure to check out the Career Center events calendar for upcoming events on your campus.

  *MONTGOMERY COLLEGE-SPECIFIC INFORMATION*



Scholars,

The CollegeTracks Success Team wishes all MC students a Happy New Year! If you are taking winter courses, please schedule a check in with your Success Coach during winter session, to ensure that you stay on track. If you are planning to work, travel or just relax over break...enjoy! We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
January 1
Begin checking your MyMC account for financial aid forms to submit to the MC financial aid office. If you need help finding these forms, ask your Success Coach!

January 9
First class drop date for non-payment for Spring 2019 

January 11
Priority deadline for students to submit Maryland Dream Act paperwork to Office of Admissions

January 18
Classes end for Winter 2019

January 22
Classes begin for Spring 2019


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
MS. DESTINEY AVENT