Some of the first faces new San Jacinto College students see are those of their student ambassadors. Not only do student ambassadors lead orientation sessions and campus tours, but they also serve as go-tos for new students throughout the semester, offering assistance in a variety of ways and hosting some of the orientation and campus tour office events. Since everything about this semester is different, these student ambassadors have some great advice for students who are just getting into the swing of things.
Q: What are some of the best lessons you've learned as a San Jac student that would help new students this semester?
A: Make sure to communicate with your professors. I was so nervous about meeting my professor, but once you do, it will definitely pay off. Take advantage of the resources that the College has to offer. For example, the educational planners will help you choose the correct classes that will benefit your career path.
Q: For students who are new to online classes, what advice do you have that can help them ease that transition?
A: Start off slow with your classes. Don't overwhelm yourself in the beginning — work your way up. Make yourself familiar with SOS and Blackboard. Always ask for help! Don't be afraid. Everyone doesn't know something.
Q: It's easy to fall behind in some subject areas, and some students may not know when they need to ask their professors for extra help. What do you suggest students do in this situation?
A: Ask for help when you know that you are struggling or falling behind before it gets to the end of the semester. If you are struggling on a topic or something in class, ask questions! Send emails to your professors if you have any questions or need help with something or schedule a time to speak with them during their office hours.
Q: Some first-time-in-college students experience self-doubt and insecurity. What would you say to those students who need to know it's totally normal and a big part of the college experience?
A: When I first started at San Jac, I was coming from a background of being homeschooled. I was nervous about being in a completely different environment. However, San Jac made the transition smooth, and any time I had trouble, the counselors were always a great help. Any incoming student should ask for help if they need it — even when you don't think you do.