You’ve Got This!

by Paul Czarapata - September 6, 2022

Classes are back in session at our 16 colleges and students have been enjoying Spirit Week, giveaways, free food and lots of other fun. We’re all about fun and events that bring people together, but we’re also about learning and student success. 

Some of our students face nonacademic barriers that can be a real challenge to their success, but we are here to help. The first thing students need to know is: We’ve got your back. All of us at KCTCS are here for you. Our faculty and staff at each college want you to succeed and are standing by to assist in any way you need – whether it’s extra help after class, mentoring, coaching or just having someone to listen to you.

We welcome everyone to the KCTCS family and are committed to making sure all students feel like they belong on our campuses. Our colleges offer several student organizations that can help make the transition to college easier for new students, so find your group. 

There are a few tips I’d like to offer new students that might help them navigate their first semester.

  1. Go to class. This sounds simple but you might be surprised how many people think they can skate by without attending class. You can’t be successful if you don’t show up and listen up.
  2. Learn time management skills. I know you’re busy, but you must create a schedule that works for you. And don’t procrastinate! That only raises your anxiety level.
  3. Get to know your instructors and advisors. They want to help and will go the extra mile for anyone who shows interest and effort.
  4. Get to know your classmates. You can lean on each other for support and encouragement.
  5. Take care of yourself. Your physical and mental wellbeing are of the utmost importance. I know you’ve got a lot on your plate but take some time for yourself, so you don’t burn out.
  6. Get involved! Your college has many student groups and clubs covering a range of interests. This is a great way to meet new people with common interests. 

I don’t claim to have all the answers to what makes each individual successful. However, I’ve been in higher education for more than 20 years so I know these five tips will help you stay on the right path to a successful semester. And remember: Believe in yourself and your potential. You can do this!

Have a great semester!