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    Speaker Series

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    Health and Wellness Day

    Health and Wellness Day is October 1 at Folsom Lake College
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    Live Debate

    Congressional candidates Bera, Ose agree to debate on Oct. 8
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    Transfer Day

    FLC's Annual Transfer Day on Mon., Oct. 6 features a wide variety of 4-year universities
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10 Tips for First-Year Community College Students

Think ahead Think long-term: If your goal is to transfer, start now by researching potential schools and programs.
Create a Plan Create a plan with your goals in mind: Begin by taking classes and completing the general education requirements that correspond to the university/program where you want to end up. Try to avoid classes you don’t need. Requirements vary depending on the college or university you want to transfer to – counselors can help you.
Develop a relationship with a counselor Develop a relationship with an academic counselor: It is important to work with a counselor as you make your plans for course selection, graduation, transfer, etc. When going to meet with a counselor or staff member, bring all related documents (transcripts, test scores, etc.).
Check email Check your college email often: Email is the main way FLC communicates important information.
Financial Aid Don't wait on financial aid: Visit the financial aid office as soon as possible to see what funds you qualify for. Scholarships, grants, and loans can help you reach your goals
make grades a priority Make grades a priority: You can set yourself up for good grades by taking classes that interest you. You may enter college not knowing what area of study you want to focus on, so use your first year as an opportunity to explore. Make sure to also take advantage of student success resources, like the Libraries, Tutoring, and more.
Parking Gear up for parking: Buy your parking permit online before the semester begins and avoid the long lines of the first week. Parking is very busy the first few weeks. Arrive at least 45-60 minutes before your first class.
Print out Schedules Be prepared for the 1st week of classes: Print out your class schedule a few days before the start of the semester and bring it with you the 1st week of classes. Also, get to campus early and find your classrooms.
Talk to instructors Talk to your instructors: Show interest in class - and meet with your instructors outside of class by visiting during posted office hours. If you have questions, ask for answers.
Make new friends Make new friends: Get to know other students in and outside of classes - share resources, ideas, and experiences. Join a campus club or get involved with Student Government.