Timeline for Success

  • Having short and long-term plans are a key to success!  The short-term timeline can help you ensure you are staying on track with your classes during the quarter.  The long-term plan can help you stay on track to meet your academic, career and personal goals during your entire time here at SCC.

    Short-Term Timeline

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    • Refer to the What’s Next? checklist to make sure you are able to log in to the Hub, know which books you need, finalize your financial aid, pay your tuition, etc.  It is important to purchase all of your books now so that you have them with you on the first day of class!
    • Make sure to set up and use your SCC e-mail as it is the primary method that SCC will use to communicate with you.
    • Print out or screen shot your class schedule available in WebAdvisor – Click WebAdvisor for Students, then Academic Profile, then My Class Schedule.
    • Make sure you know where you classes are located.  Campus and building maps can be found here.
    • Attend all classes and be on time. Yes, even the first day of class is important!
    • Check your Moodle and Hub accounts for any announcements/new information.
    • Read your syllabus for each course, then get organized! Utilize a planner, your smart phone, Google calendar, etc. to record due dates for tests, papers, projects, etc., as well as your class times and school holidays, which can be found on the online SCC calendar.
    • The second day of the quarter is the last day to add a class without an instructor signature. Beginning with the third day of the quarter, instructor permission is required to add a class and they are under no obligation to provide you permission. Refer to the online SCC calendar for add/drop deadlines.
    • Participate in Weeks of Welcome activities!
    • Be sure to ask for help along the way! Schedule an appointment with an advisor who can help you with a multitude of issues including understanding degree requirements, clarifying career goals and developing academic plans to meet those goals, explaining college policies and procedures, and connecting you with campus resources.
    • The last day to drop a class with a refund is this week. Check your class schedule for the exact date.
    • Introduce yourself to your instructors and classmates. Make new friends and form a study group!
    • Attend office hours and get to know your instructors. They are here for you and want to help you with your academic career. Office hours can be found in your class syllabus.
    • Identify specific blocks of time in your weekly schedule that you will devote to studying for each class. Make sure you prepare by completing all assigned work before class, including reading all assignments ahead of time. Take good notes during class and review them after each class.
    • Get a head start on any papers and projects.
    • Get involved! SCC offers a variety of student organizations that are a great way to meet people, make friends and hone your leadership skills.
    • Mid-terms and papers are right around the corner! Make sure you are keeping up on your classes by adhering to the study schedule you identified in week 2.
    • SCC offers tutoring in a variety of subjects including math, English and science, just to name a few. Be sure to take advantage of this resource. It’s free!

    • Registration for the following quarter begins soon, so now is the time to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
    • Mid-terms are next week already! As you prepare for mid-terms, be sure to take advantage of meeting with your instructors during their office hours. And don’t forget about our free tutoring!
    • Seek out extra assistance to get the best grades possible by making an appointment with one of our Student Success Coaches. They can help you develop a plan for success, including assistance with time management, test-taking and study skills.
    • Scholarships for the next quarter are accepted approximately Week 4 - 6 of each quarter. Check the online SCC calendar for exact dates.
    • The quarter system is very fast paced, which can be very overwhelming and challenging to balance academics with other life responsibilities. If you are feeling stressed about school and/or other things in your life that are impacting your academics, please do not hesitate to seek help. Reach out to those that can help, such as an instructor, advisor, or Student Success Coach.
    • If you haven’t already, be sure to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your overall academic, transfer and career plans, including courses for the upcoming quarter.
    • Good luck on your mid-terms!
    • How did mid-terms go for you? You can check your mid-term grades on WebAdvisor.
    • How are your study habits working for you? If you need to make any changes to how you are approaching your academics, or maybe just want to learn some tips to do even better, be sure to schedule an appointment with a Student Success Coach. In addition to providing you with tips on time management, study skills, note-taking skills, etc., they can help you develop an individual plan for success.
    • The end of the quarter is drawing near! Don’t forget to meet with your instructors during their office hours and take advantage of tutoring. Did we mention that it’s free?!?
    • Registration is still underway. Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with an advisor to make sure you are taking courses you need to support your academic, transfer and career goals.
    • If you are considering dropping a class, the last day to do so is probably next week. Refer to the online SCC calendar to make sure you know the deadline to do so. Before making your final decision, schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss the impact of dropping a class on your academics. If you are on federal financial aid, you will also want to ask the Financial Aid Office how dropping a class will impact your financial aid.
    • Prepare for your final papers, projects, and exams. They are right around the corner! Check your syllabus to make sure you know everything that is still due and when.
    • Registration continues. Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with an advisor to make sure you are taking courses you need to support your academic, transfer and career goals.
    • Finals are next week! Develop a study plan and devote as much time as possible to studying.
    • Wrap up all remaining papers, projects, and assignments. Refer to your syllabus to make sure you don’t miss anything.
    • Good luck on finals! Be sure to get plenty of sleep, make healthy food choices and stay hydrated.
    • Before you leave for break, don’t forget to register for next quarter. Schedule an appointment with an advisor as soon as possible as their calendars fill up quickly.
    • Have a great break and we look forward to seeing you next quarter!
  • Long-Term Timeline

    Quarters Academics Career Planning Co-Curricular
    Qtr. 1 & 2 Explore majors and 4-year schools Research options Get involved
    Qtr. 3 & 4 Narrow down majors and 4-year schools Create connections Develop skills
    Qtr. 5 & 6 Apply to your 4-year school Get experience Develop more skills
    Qtr. 7 & 8 Finalize graduation and transfer plans Design your resume Stay involved

  • Academics

    • Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss courses that can help you explore or confirm majors you are considering.
    • Begin exploring potential four-year schools you may want to transfer to after SCC. Make sure you research each school’s cost and scholarship opportunities, which majors are available, degree/major requirements, how SCC courses apply to your intended major and what grade is required for transfer, admission requirements and deadlines and on-campus housing options.
    • Seek out extra academic assistance by making an appointment with one of our Student Success Coaches. They can help you develop a plan for success, including assistance with time management, test-taking and study skills.
    Career Planning
    • Begin researching career options that might be a good fit for you based on your interests, abilities and values. My Next Move is a great website that allows you to search for occupations based on key words or industry. It also allows you to answer questions about the types of things you enjoy doing and then suggests occupations that match your interests.
    • Begin looking for internship and job opportunities to gain relevant work experience via CollegeCentral. This online system allows you to search internship and job opportunities, as well as post your resume.
    Co-Curricular Opportunities
    • Join a student organization as a way to explore career interests.
    • Explore community service opportunities as an additional way to explore career interests and gain relevant experience. Even unpaid volunteer work can give you valuable skills to include on your resume! Don’t know where to start? Look for local community service opportunities on VolunteerMatch.org

    Academics

    • Narrow down your choice of major to your top one or two. Schedule an appointment with a faculty member in the majors you are considering to visit with them about the types of courses offered in that major, what you will learn, what jobs the major can lead to, etc.
    • If you have already chosen a major, explore whether a minor will benefit you. Even though majors and minors are not available at SCC, you can take courses now that will count toward your major and minor at your four-year college or university.
    • Continue researching and narrowing down the four-year school(s) in which you are interested. Meet with four-year school representatives when they come to the Lincoln campus. Contact the Office of Admissions to schedule an official campus visit where you will have the opportunity to not only tour the campus, but also learn about admissions, scholarships and financial aid processes, as well as meet with someone in your academic area of interest.
    • Schedule an appointment with an advisor to develop a plan of study that will ensure you are taking the courses at SCC that will support your career goals and meet the requirements of your major at the four-year school(s) you are considering.
    Career Planning
    • Begin making connections with those who can help you learn more about potential occupations. The University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Career Services website has some great information and advice for making these connections and conducting an informational interview.
    • Create a LinkedIn profile to identify professionals in the occupations you are considering, as well as search for jobs.
    • Begin developing or refining your resume. Schedule an appointment with SCC’s Placement Services staff who can review your resume and give you tips for how to improve it.
    Co-Curricular Opportunities
    • If you haven’t already, be sure to join a student organization. It’s a great way to not only explore career interests, but also gain valuable skills to add to your resume!
    • Develop skills to enter the global workforce by participating in a global education trip.

    Academics

    • You should now have done sufficient research to know the four-year school(s) to which you want to apply. Application deadlines are often 4 – 6 months prior to when you plan to begin attending. Make sure you understand the deadline to apply for admission and the deadline to apply for scholarships as they may not be the same. Submit all application materials requested, including your current official SCC transcript.
    • Also make sure you know when and how to apply for financial aid at your four-year school. If you plan to live on-campus, be sure to apply for housing and pay any required deposits by the deadline.
    • You should now be fairly certain of your major or have your choices narrowed down to no more than two. Make sure you understand the requirements of your major at the four-year school(s) you are considering. Information for each four-year school in Nebraska, as well as a few out-of-state schools, can be found on the Transfer Advising website.
    • Schedule an appointment with an advisor to finalize your academic plan to ensure that you are on track to meet not only the graduation requirements for your associate’s degree, but also the requirements for your intended program at the four-year school(s) to which you plan to transfer.

    Career Planning

    • Look at job postings via CollegeCentral to look at job postings for occupations you are considering to make sure you are gaining the skills needed to obtain a job after college.
    • Do the occupations you are considering require additional training and certifications such as CPR/First Aid? If so, check out the wide variety of non-credit courses offered through SCC’s Continuing Education Division.

    Co-Curricular Opportunities

    Academics

    • Schedule an appointment with an advisor to finalize your academic plan so that your final course choices support your transfer and career goals. You will then be ready to apply for graduation!
    • You hopefully now have received notice of your admission to your four-year school. Congratulations! Be sure to pay any enrollment deposits by the deadline and know when you will be enrolling for classes. Upon graduation from SCC, be sure to have your final official SCC transcript sent to your four-year school so that they will have record of your final grades and that your associate’s degree was conferred.

    Career Planning

    • Are you working in a job that is relevant to your future career field? If not, consider participating in an internship in your chosen field. Whether paid or unpaid, internships can help you not only gain relevant skills, but also make professional connections to help you in your future job search. CollegeCentral is also a good resource to find internships in the fields you are considering.
    • Schedule an appointment with SCC’s Placement Services to review your resume and get tips on preparing for job and internship interviews.
    • Ask faculty members, advisors, supervisors, classmates and others at SCC who know you well if they would be willing to serve as a reference for you in the future. Make sure they have experience working with you in a capacity that will allow them to be able to speak specifically about your skills and work ethic. Before using someone as a reference, make sure you get their permission first.

    Co-Curricular Opportunities

    • Continue gaining relevant skills by active participation in student organizations and community service opportunities.
  • Meet Our Advisors

    Betsy Anderson

    Academic Advisor

    Beatrice Campus

    Tel: 402-228-8278

    Toll Free: 800-233-5027

    Ext: 1278

    banderson@southeast.edu

    Corinne Neel

    Academic Advisor

    Lincoln Campus

    Tel: 402-437-2445 or 402-437-2470

    Toll Free: 800-642-4075

    Ext: 2445 or 2470

    academictransfer@southeast.edu

    Michele Richards

    Academic Advisor

    Lincoln Campus

    Tel: 402-437-2445 or 402-437-2470

    Toll Free: 800-642-4075

    Ext: 2445 or 2470

    academictransfer@southeast.edu

    Stephanie Osterthun

    Academic Advisor

    Lincoln Campus

    Tel: 402-437-2445 or 402-437-2470

    Toll Free: 800-642-4075

    Ext: 2445 or 2470

    academictransfer@southeast.edu

     
    Betsy Anderson
    Academic Advisor
    Beatrice Campus
    402-228-8278 Ext: 1278
    800-233-5027 Ext: 1278
    Corinne Neel
    Academic Advisor
    Lincoln Campus
    402-437-2445 or 402-437-2470 Ext: 2445 or 2470
    800-642-4075 Ext: 2445 or 2470
    Michele Richards
    Academic Advisor
    Lincoln Campus
    402-437-2445 or 402-437-2470 Ext: 2445 or 2470
    800-642-4075 Ext: 2445 or 2470
    Stephanie Osterthun
    Academic Advisor
    Lincoln Campus
    402-437-2445 or 402-437-2470 Ext: 2445 or 2470
    800-642-4075 Ext: 2445 or 2470