Welcome to the spring semester! Unfortunately, it can be difficult to transition from a holiday break back into school. Fortunately, The Clarion has some advice to be successful this semester and how to make the most out of it.
One of the most valuable resources available to students, according to English Professor Furaha Henry-Jones, is each other. She suggested to “try and get to know a few of the people in your classes,” including your professors; even if it begins as saying a simple “hi, hello, good morning.” The importance of building relationships in college is often overlooked, but Professor Henry-Jones believes that it is crucial to “continue to build a support network” in order to be successful.
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One way to build this network is to ask questions and reach out for help or guidance. If you’re struggling in a course, talk to your professor. On the other hand, maybe something is going on in your personal life that is prohibiting you from performing better than you could. Again, tell your professor. Sinclair’s faculty is an understanding and compassionate group of people who will help you with both your education and personal struggles.
Professor Furaha Henry-Jones is teaching ENG 1101,1201 this spring. Photo Credit: Furaha Henry-Jones
Another way to build a support network is to put yourself out there. ESOL Coordinator and English Professor Heather Johnson-Taylor encourages “taking advantage of campus events” in order to make meaningful connections. Sinclair is a wonderful place to connect with all different kinds of people. Professor Johnson-Taylor explained: “We become better people when we connect with those who are different from us.”
Furthermore, in order to be successful this semester, Professor Henry-Jones said to “have a realistic sense of time.” In other words, work on building time management skills and ensuring that you have enough time to create lasting relationships while managing the work that is on your plate, all while remembering to “factor in rest and restoration.” She pointed out that “work piles up quickly during the semester” so being able to effectively plan and schedule is paramount to not falling behind.
Professor Heather Johnson-Taylor is teaching ENG 1101, 1131, ESL 0180, 0185, 0190 this spring. Photo Credit: Macey Heys
Finally, in order to make the most out of your semester, Professor Johnson-Taylor says to believe in yourself and “understand that you are capable.” When asked what one piece of advice she would give to her college self, she wished she’d had more confidence, especially when feelings of imposter syndrome were overwhelming.
There are many things you can do to be successful this spring. Among careful time management, it’s important to create relationships with your peers and professors in order to make the most out of your experiences. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Try something new and maybe make a friend in the process. Most importantly, don’t doubt yourself, rather, recognize that you belong here.
Macey Heys, Managing Editor