Why it’s important to observe Black History Month

BHMblog-imageIn the United States, the month of February is observed as Black History Month or National African American History Month, and we use the month to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history. The celebration can be felt nationally and worldwide as many organizations, cities, states and countries host events that educate on the rich culture, and memorable figures of African American history. As a new month of remembrance begins, let’s consider the important reasons why Black History Month is observed each year.

Celebrate with knowledge

Carter G. Woodson was the sole individual responsible for creating Negro History Week in Washington, D.C., in February 1926. To Woodson, the black experience was too important simply to be left to a small group of academics, and believed that his role was to use black history and culture as a weapon in the struggle for racial uplift. His goal was to ensure that school children be exposed to black history. Woodson chose the second week of February in order to celebrate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass Continue reading »

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Three ways to upgrade your note taking IQ

notetakingThe semester has kicked off and you’re no doubt starting to feel a little more comfortable with your schedule and are easing into your new class curriculum. Attending class each day is vital in learning the material, but you need to also pay attention. At this point, it’s common knowledge that if you write something down, you’re more likely to remember it. This works in several ways when you’re a student. First, if you’re taking notes during a lecture, you’re more engaged in the material, second, by writing it down you’re more likely to remember it, and third, because you wrote it down you now have reference material to use later for studying.

Taking good notes doesn’t start in the classroom, instead you should get primed before you get there.

Be prepared: Do your homework and reading before you get to class so you’re familiar with the content.
Pick a good seat: For some this will be near the front of the room so the material can be better heard and seen. For those that thrive on distraction, sometimes off to the side works better. Know yourself and pick wisely.
Ask questions: If you miss something, or don’t understand the concept discussed, speak up (or stay after class to ask). Your notes will be far more useful if you can actually comprehend them. Continue reading »

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A CCA Welcome Back Guide

Welcome-ImageWhether you’re a new student or an old pro, the first few days of a new semester can be a whirlwind of activity and have the potential to cause some pretty major stress. Rather than wasting precious time and energy worrying about the details, we want students to focus on their studies, so below is some helpful information that should ease your transition into the new semester.

Campus Resources

There are many resources available to assist CCA students during every step of their educational journey. It’s good to be aware of these options so if you find that you need a little extra help, you know where to turn. Continue reading »

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Finding daily inspiration from MLK

Martin Luther King Jr.As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches we’d like to take a moment to reflect and celebrate a man whose profound wisdom and peaceful messages still, to this day, ring relevant and meaningful. Quotes from Dr. King resonate differently with each person, but have truly stood the test of time.

It’s unfortunate that many of the struggles of his day are still occurring over forty years later. But we can take solace and gain instruction from his words today and move forward in the manner that he advised all those years ago. Let’s reflect on some of his famed quotes.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Continue reading »

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Take a glimpse at the future you

Looking into a hand held mirror

As January rolls around people get enthusiastic with their resolutions, but many of those same people let them fall to the wayside because there is no plan in place to achieve their ambitious goals. This is where proper goal setting comes in.  When you set reasonable goals in varying stages, allow for adjustment, and track your progress you are much more likely to follow though. If you set your goals using the following suggestions you may just be exactly where you hoped to be by 2016 and beyond.

Write it out

Now that you’re ready to plan for the next year, five years and fifty years, it’s time to write it down. When you’re writing your goals, ensure that they are written as positive statements, rather than negative. For example, write “I want to be healthy and lose 10 pounds by January 2016” rather than “I want to not be fat.” Time to bust out your pen and pad and get to writing. Continue reading »

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