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Welcome to Fall Semester!

Tips for Success This Semester & Beyond

On behalf of Community College of Denver (CCD), it is my pleasure to welcome our new and returning students to the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. I want to thank you for choosing CCD for your academic journey.

As we embark on a new semester, I want to share some news; CCD has been working to improve your experience here on campus and I want to highlight just a few new programs that we’re implementing.

  1. Starting this fall, CCD’s advising pathways have been redesigned so that you now have one academic advisor based on your declared program/major.
  2. CCD also has new math pathways to match your math class with your major. And because we recognize that math can be an obstacle for many, we now offer a co-requisite support class that will be paired with your math class to ensure your success.

I also thought it would be helpful to share some tips for success for the semester and beyond.

1. GET INVOLVED

It is proven that students who participate in college-related activities outside the classroom are much more likely to succeed and complete college. CCD has many clubs and organizations to get involved in. Find the one(s) that suits you best and get involved on campus. The Auraria Campus is teaming with activities—so dive in!

2. GET TO KNOW YOUR INSTRUCTORS

CCD’s faculty is world class and they want to engage with you. They are here to help you succeed, so ask for help if you’re having trouble or if you have questions about your course work. As a former faculty member myself, I can say that if you don’t ask questions, your teacher can’t help you.

3. FIND A QUIET PLACE TO STUDY

There are so many distractions today, but if you can find a quiet study spot, that will only help your success. CCD recently opened a quiet study lounge on the second floor of the Cherry Creek building. There are plenty of other study areas on campus. Find that one that is best for you and stick with it!

4. FIND OR FORM A STUDY TEAM

While studying solo works best for some students, research shows that study with others is even more effective in earning high grades. Ask two or three students in your class to study alongside you. Pick an agreed upon time to study together and stick to it.

5. DON'T CUT CORNERS

College is about learning. Trying to do too much may cause you to miss important deadlines or rush through your assignments. Make sure you take time to learn to ensure you have a positive college experience.

6. ASK FOR HELP

CCD staff and faculty are willing to help you succeed. If you have a question, please talk to your advisor, your instructor, or any staff person. Some people think that it is a sign of weakness to ask for help when quite the opposite is true. Asking for help is a sign of strength.

College takes hard work and it can be challenging, but it takes work to transform yourself into a scholar. Don’t give up. If you keep with it, the sense of accomplishment you will experience will be unforgettable. You won’t regret it!  

As you begin this new semester, please feel free to stop by my office to chat, take a selfie, or even for a cup of coffee and word of encouragement. I am eager to get to know you and stay appraised of your progress here at CCD. My door is always open.

Have a great semester!

Everette J. Freeman
President

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