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Student Success Center offers helpful workshops

The Student Success Center has released several different workshops for students to attend during fall semester. These workshops are designed to serve as a compass to help students navigate their course work and get a clear bearing on success.

These workshops include: “Academic Goal Setting and Role Management” on Oct. 26, “Critical and Creative Thinking” on Nov. 2, “Active Listening, Note Taking and Participation” on Nov. 9, “Personal Finance” on Sept. 27 and Nov. 16 and “Coping in College on Oct. 4 and Nov. 30.

Njeri Pringle, a graduate assistant in the Student Success Center, and Dr. Terence Sullivan, assistant director of the Student Success Center, both rotate in presenting these workshops to students. Workshops are offered on two different dates in order to fit around students’ busy schedules.

“There are several changes to the workshops this year,” Pringle said, “We are making them more interactive where students are able to walk away with takeaways and tools that they can actually use instead of just a lecture of information.”

One of the changes made was the “Personal Finance” workshop. This workshop was altered to put a lot more information on how students can be intentional with their credit report and credit repair. It also teaches students how to not get in trouble with their credit, how to attack debt and how to play out a monthly budget.

“All of the topics we present are very important for students to become aware of, and it teaches them skills they can utilize for the rest of their life,” Pringle said. “I wish these workshops were offered when I was a student.”

These workshops are also presented in some classes and several professors give students credit for attending them. However, these workshops have broadened so that everyone can attend.

The workshops are publicized on blazelink, on the Student Success Center website, and schedules are posted around campus.

“I found out about these workshops via email, and I signed up because they offered good topics to talk about that would help lots of students,” Jessica Hampton, an early childhood education major, said. “I would recommend these workshops to anyone looking for motivation to do their best in school.”

Students may email ssc@valdosta.edu or call 229-333-7570 for any questions regarding the workshops.

Story and Photo by Callie Pirkle, Staff Writer.

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