GC by Me: Small College, Tremendous Value

How GC offers a priceless foundation for your future

Antonio Cruz-Hernandez

 

 

 

By Antonio Cruz-Hernandez

Posted March 22, 2019

At the front of campus, one may choose to follow the stairs that lead to the center of campus, or take a short walk downtown, as the heart of Greensboro is just a few blocks away.

At the front of campus, one may choose to follow the stairs that lead to the center of campus, or take a short walk downtown, as the heart of Greensboro is just a few blocks away.

 

There’s a first for everything, from earning your driver’s license to starting your first job. How about your first time on a new campus, or in a new city? Greensboro College understands that this can be a monumental transition, so it is sensitive to the needs of its students.

While most of us in college have the desire to succeed both academically and professionally, all of us at GC are given the support to do so.

While most of us in college have the desire to succeed both academically and professionally, all of us at GC are given the support to do so.

Want some guidance as a first-year student?

Meet with the Director of Academic Success, Tica Green. As a GC alum, she is able to personally explain what the campus has to offer and help you discover how to make the most out of your time here.

Struggling in a particular subject?

Stop by the office of Lisa Alley, who is the Director of Academic Support. She can work with you to schedule a tutoring session through the PEAK program (short for Personal Enrichment and Knowledge), which is free to any student who needs it. Students are not only able to receive help from their peers in core subjects, but they also can get professional assistance in speaking skills and media presentations. As if that wasn’t enough, Ms. Alley even offers advice on study skills and time management to those who may have their hands full here on campus.

Need any special accommodations?

Greensboro College is aware that not all students learn the same way or are able to succeed by being assessed the same way. For this reason, Georgieann Bogdan, the Director of Academic Accessibility, is always glad to assist a student in whatever way possible, to make learning and succeeding easier.

Looking for work?

Check your student emails! Caryn Atwater, Director of Career & Personal Development, has been sending out job and internship leads each month. During your time here, that may end up being hundreds or thousands of opportunities!

Ms. Atwater even has her own pages on the school’s website under “Academics, Career & Personal Development,” which includes a vast number of resources, from tips on writing a résumé to countless job boards to detailed career options. She is also always more than happy to review a student’s résumé, so don’t hesitate to ask! “A good day is if I can somehow help a student,” says Ms. Atwater, “whether it’s clarifying with a [career] direction or helping with a résumé, if I can touch someone’s life in a positive manner.”

A good day is if I can somehow help a student, “whether it’s clarifying with a [career] direction or helping with a résumé, if I can touch someone’s life in a positive manner.

Need clothing appropriate for an interview?

Come visit the Pride Professional Career Closet, where a variety of clothing is available to students. The best part: Whatever you take is yours to keep! The Closet is a unique resource on campus that anyone in need can benefit from.

Don’t forget the big picture!

Here at Greensboro College, the faculty and staff truly work to help students attain more than just a diploma. That’s why Ms. Atwater often visits upper-level classes to encourage students to consider their careers prior to graduation. She emphasizes that your life is worth spending more than five or 10 minutes in your senior year trying to decide what you want to do. It’s a process that involves knowing yourself and your interests because “a job is not the same as a career.”

Antonio Cruz-Hernandez ’22 is from Youngstown, Ohio. As a business major and member of the George Center for Honors Studies, he hopes to one day achieve success at marketing content and communicating more effectively with others.

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