Friday, January 30, 2009

Buying Textbooks

There are several good sources for buying textbooks online, but my favorite, because it is user friendly, is . Not only is it a great source for inexpensive books, but a good place to look for scholarships.

You should be able to save $60 to $70 a semester. Remember that books cost about the same as the class--they average from $75 to $150 a book. Science and math books are usually pretty pricey. In graduate school some of my books were about $200 each.

Every class requires a book and, in some cases, extra supplies and materials. That is part of getting an education. So, when you make a commitment to go to college, know that you need the necessary resources to buy your books.

Go to class prepared. Have your book on the first day of class. Be ready to take notes and complete your assignments on day one. Without a textbook you will be starting off on the "wrong foot". Do everything in your power to be a successful student. It is your responsibility to buy your books and supplies.

If you buy your books online, it takes a week to ten days to receive them and you do need to pay for shipping. Get the ISBN number of the book--it is located on the lower right corner on the back book cover. Be sure that you are buying the student copy and not the teacher's edition.

While you are waiting for your book to arrive, go to the college library. They have a copy of every book that is being used in the classes. You cannot check it out, but you can use it for a couple of hours. Once you are finished with the book, sell it back on school soup.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

For My Class

Remember that one of your first assignments was to email me to both of my email accounts. and . The purpose was to have your correct contact email in both my home and college computers.

The deadline is tonight at midnight. Please start off on the right foot. You don't want to get behind. The secret to this class, as well as all of your other classes, is to go to class on time and keep up with assignments.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Spring Semester is a New Beginning

California Community Colleges will be back in session tomorrow and classes start in three weeks.

As many times as I have returned to the college after the Xmas break, the start of a new semester always excites me. Although it will be an adjustment to return to getting up at 5:00 AM after the luxury of sleeping until 7:00 AM, I'm raring to go.

There are new projects to tackle and new ideas for running the Career Center. Of course, my scholarship class is always a source of pleasure. How can I make it better? Who can I invite to better motivate my students? Are there any new scholarships? How can I stay in contact with my previous students and continue to help them?

If you are a former student, please keep up your scholarship search and contact me if I can help you. To my new class, a warm welcome. I look forward to meeting you on January 27, 2009.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Essentials to Happiness

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

__Jose Addison