How to succeed in college without stressing

Posted on: June 11, 2013

Have pre-college jitters? How to succeed in college from finances to social media will be covered in College of the Mainland’s first Summer Bridge Program.
The program is open to new, first-time in college students who are either from low-income families, the first in their families to go to college (their parent or guardian does not have a bachelor’s degree) or students with disabilities. To attend, students may apply for the Student Support Services Program during the first meeting of the Summer Bridge Program.
“We’re getting them ready for their first year,” said Tamara Hoodye, program director. “It will be intense, but we’re going to make it fun.”
The interactive program will incorporate technology, ice breakers and group activities to help new students connect with others. From Google Me: Social Media Tips to Defeating Test Anxiety sessions, students will be headed for a successful year after completing the program. Students may choose from three weeklong sessions: June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 22-26, 9 a.m. to noon. Students who attend morning sessions all week will be eligible to win a $1,000 scholarship. Students may also attend math sessions in the afternoon to refresh their college math and algebra skills.
If accepted into the Student Support Services Program, students are eligible for the weeklong Summer Bridge Program and to receive support throughout the year. The program offers tutoring, cultural trips, visits to four-year universities and other activities each semester.
“The goal of this program is to help them go on to four-year institutions and earn bachelor’s degrees,” said Hoodye.
Students do not need to pre-register. Staff will walk students through applying to Student Success Services the first day of the Summer Bridge Program. If accepted, the program and lunch are free of charge. To find out about eligibility and the program, visit the website.

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