20 Tips and Tricks for Your First Week at CCA

Students looking at the cameraIs this your first week at CCA? Feeling overwhelmed? Unsure about where to go or who to talk to? You're not alone; many of your CCA peers have been where you are before. Fortunately, they are willing to help you figure out what to do and where to go. Read below for 20 tips and tricks veteran CCA students suggest for new students on how to navigate your way around and how to succeed and realize your potential here:

Jonski Ortiz has attended CCA since 2014 and is a work-study student in the Financial Aid Office. What's her advice? “Try to meet people. Try to sit in the front of the class." "Definitely use your resources; try to be involved in campus.”        

Josh Morgan has attended CCA since spring 2014. What's his advice? “Talk to your professors to see what you can do to improve your work." "Carpool if needed and also take public transportation; it can be hectic to get to school on time." "I would recommend going to the tutoring lab.”    

Anna Charron began attending CCA in fall 2014. What's her advice? “[Students should use] the computer screens in the entrance way – that's a big help for students to find their way around campus.” “There is no such thing as a stupid question – if you don't know, somebody may know.” “The Student Success Center is a huge asset to new students to find their way around campus and to get a feel for college life in general.”

Simone McWilliams started CCA in fall 2015. What's her advice? “Just don't be too nervous because everyone here is super nice. Don't be scared - it only seems intimidating.” On parking: “The 8:00 a.m. classes are the best. Once it hits 11:00 or 12:00 you have to park all the way in the back.” “Going to see advisors has helped out. No one in my family has been to college; no one knew what to do – I didn't know what to do. [Advisors helped me] know what I have to gain and what I have to do in order to succeed.”

Terry Black started at CCA in spring 2014. What's his advice? “I would definitely say get to know someone from each department – it will help you navigate the campus.” “Definitely know your way around the place – you can get lost easily.” “Make sure you don't wait until the last minute to get your books because you'll be waiting in line forever.”    

Parastoo Malakoutidana began taking ESL courses at CCA in 2013 and has worked toward a degree since 2014. What's her advice? "Try to get familiar with every department and every place." “Never be afraid to ask questions. Ask more questions if you are not sure; don't be afraid to ask for help. If you know everything then you shouldn't be here.”    

Eaba Dechasa is a second semester student at CCA and is the new Student Government Association President. What's his advice? He recommends reaching out to department chairs, and asking about internships and opportunities. He also suggests reaching out to programs and resources on campus such as the Student Success Center and of, course, the Student Government Association (SGA). SGA can be reached at sga.ccaurora@gmail.com  

Philip Baranowski graduated from CCA in spring 2016. What's his advice? “If you are a science student and you are looking at physics or engineering, talk to the advisors at Lowry. They know the Associate of Science program. I took some classes I didn't need to take.”   Now it's your turn to let CCA students know what you've learned. Let us know in the comments if there is anything you would recommend or advise to new CCA students.    

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