Come see a FREE screening of the award winning documentary FIRST GENERATION – a movie about students who are among the first in their family to attend college – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 at 6:30 pm in the NESTOR HALL AUDITORIUM at Columbus State Community College.

Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, FIRST GENERATION tells the story of four high school students – an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers – who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.

Friends and family are invited! Meet other first generation students, and come for a chance to win prizes like Columbus State Bookstore gift certificates! This screening is hosted by the Columbus State Generation One Trailblazers – a resource group for first generation students. Email for more information.

See the trailer HERE.

First Generation Movie Poster


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SP14 Social Mixer


Students who are listed as current first generation students at CSCC (you are a member of the First Generation Student community on Blackboard) are invited to the Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) SP14 SOCIAL MIXER on Wednesday, April 2 from 1:30-3 pm at the WD 2nd floor lounge (WD 216, 217, and 218)

College success is influenced by the relationships you make.  The more support you have the better.  GOT is here to support you! 

At the mixer you can

  • Meet other first generation students here at Columbus State.
  • Talk with helpful GOT Faculty Contacts.
  • Visit info tables about college resources such as TRiO, Student Support Services, Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL), and many more.
  • Enjoy free pizza, drinks, and desserts!!!

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!  You can come for the whole mixer or between classes…whatever you have time for!

Simply PRINT OUT THIS INVITATION and bring it with you in order to enjoy the food and drinks. 



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GOT STUDY BREAKS for AU12 finals week!

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GOT Social Mixer

Come join us at the GOT Mixer on May 9 from 3:30-5 pm at the Nestor Hall West Lounge.  This is an opportunity to meet with other first generation students, share stories, hear tips, and other helpful information you get when networking with your peers.  GOT faculty members will also be there to chat at this informal setting.  Also, professional members from the community (who were also first generation) will be available for questions.  Plus, snacks and giveaways!

If you are the first in your family to go to college, or perhaps college is usually an afterthought in your family…then you’re welcome to stop by and join the fun!

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Study Tip: Staying Organized is a Piece of Cake!

Whether it’s for an exam in the middle of the quarter, or if it’s for final exams, there’s always little things you can do to improve your studying that make a big difference.

One of the easy fixes is to STAY ORGANIZED.  Sometimes it’s not the difficulty of the material, but the amount of stuff you need to remember that makes an exam hard (especially if the final exam is cumulative).  And staying organized is one way that you can make all the information more manageable.

Piece of cake!Think about eating a piece of cake.  You don’t stuff the whole piece into your mouth (at least most of us don’t)!  What do you do instead?  You cut it into pieces!  By cutting the cake into pieces, it’s must easier to swallow and digest.  Well, the same goes for your studying.  If you try to cram all the material into your head in one big piece (usually the day before the exam), then it will be difficult to “digest.”  Instead, separate your notes into sections (or “pieces”).  Study the material in chunks.  That way all the information is much easier to manage.  In fact, you can create a study schedule for yourself where you “eat” information a little bit each day.

Here are some other tips to help you study for your upcoming exams:

  1. Pay attention in class!  Put the cell phone away and get the most out of your money!  You wouldn’t pay $10 for a movie and spend the whole time looking at your phone, would you?  Well…one day of a 5 credit class on the quarter system roughly costs $18.  So every class you miss or don’t pay attention to, you’re throwing away almost 20 bucks.
  2. If you’re paying attention, then you should also take good notes!  Listen to what the instructor is saying and write down as much as you understand.
  3. Speaking of understanding…it’s better to understand than it is to memorize.  While studying, make sure you are really understanding the material, and not just memorizing definitions.  If you can phrase things that make sense to you, then it’s much easier to remember during test time.
  4. Use memory tricks like mnemonics.  Mnemonics are memory cues that help you retrieve information.  For example, if you ever learned the colors of the rainbow as “ROY G. BIV,” then you learned via mnemonics!  (ROY G. BIV = Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet).  If when studying you have a list of things to remember, make up some kind of mnemonic.  Or there’s something called the peg word system that uses a rhyme to help you remember things.

Stay organized when studying, and you’ll see that taking tests is a PIECE OF CAKE!

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Career Coach

Did you know that CSCC offers career counseling services to help students with career exploration?  A cool tool they host is the “CAREER COACH,” which helps you investigate a career that suits your interests.  Check the link out to start blazing a trail towards a new future!

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How to balance school, work, and family

With finals and the end of the quarter soon approaching, your school work is going to begin to pile up.  (Actually, this is probably the case no matter what point of the quarter we’re at.)  Things may be made especially difficult if you also have to deal with work and family while going to school.  Below are some tips on how to balance school, work, and family from Meredith Haberfeld, founder of Meredith Haberfeld Coaching.

Tip #1 – Set attainable goals – Pick realistic goals and focus on accomplishing them. Every success could give you more confidence to tackle the next goal.

Tip #2 – Make a schedule – Try sitting down with your schedule to get a handle on how much time you actually have. Look for the pockets of time between your professional and family obligations and see where you can plan in the time you need for homework.  If your day still feels too hectic, consider going to sleep and getting up earlier. You might be surprised at what you can accomplish in the hour or two before the rest of the house wakes up.

Tip #3 – Stay organized – If you’re feeling overwhelmed, Haberfeld suggests spending fifteen minutes to organize one small area in your home or office. It might be just the thing you need to bring order to your thoughts as well.  Another tip: Don’t forget to keep your calendar updated. If you can see deadlines coming, you’re more likely to prepare ahead of time and save yourself from pulling an all-nighter to finish a project or cram for a test.

Tip #4 – Take breaks when you need them – Feel yourself getting overwhelmed?  Give yourself permission to take a break. That might mean closing the books, going for a quick walk – or taking a night off from studying altogether.

Tip #5 – Stay focused – When you’re at school, really try to keep your thoughts on school. Don’t think about the bills you have to pay at home, or who’s going to take the kids to soccer practice.  Likewise, when you’re with family, enjoy being with family. You can help keep these areas of your life separate by planning study time into your schedule – and making sure you use that time to study.

Tip #6 – Keep your eyes on the prize – Trying to balance school with everything else in your life might be tough, so always try to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. A little sacrifice and effort in school now could offer big dividends when you’re taking that shiny new diploma on the job hunt with you.  It might help to write out your academic goals. How many courses do you need to take? What is your time line? Tracking your progress can be great motivation to keep moving forward.  Still feeling discouraged? Don’t worry – it’s natural to feel doubt when you’re struggling to juggle so many things. Just try to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Tip #7 – Don’t expect perfection – As much as you may want things to go exactly according to plan, life often has a way of changing those plans for us.  So maybe you don’t cross off every single item on your daily to-do list. Do what you can do, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Tomorrow is a new day.


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