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Students cope with final exam stress

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

With final exams looming in the last few weeks of the spring semester, students at County College of Morris are working to figure the best ways for them to study and cope with stress.

Alexandra Meza, a challenger student, taking classes at CCM while still attending high school, said she is definitely stressed over finals but is not driving herself crazy. She added that pacing herself properly, studying the correct amount of time  and also not procrastinating will help. Meza said  the main difference between the high school and college experiences are that college is more up to the students while in high school one will get “reprimanded” for not doing homework.

“I think they are both equally both stressful maybe college is a little bit more stressful,” Meza said.

Tom Tuosto, a business administration major and challenger student says he does not feel too stressed about final exams. He said during the week of finals he studies with friends and that studying in groups helps if students have any questions about the material and added he also looks over his notes to prepare. He said in high school students can “get away” with putting in only a little time but said in college students need to know the material “in and out.” However, he explained that he is happy he chose to do the challenger program because of the freedom with scheduling.

“I basically got to pick my whole schedule for my senior year,” Tuosto said. “On days my friends had classes, I was out doing what I wanted or hanging out at home it was so nice to take a break.”

Sarah Grider, another challenger student, said she wishes she would have had a senior year but likes she that she got to see how the college process works through the challenger program.

“I definitely know that it’s going to help me understand how to the whole college process works,” Grider said. She explained that a lot of people she talks to about college feel “lost.”

She said she didn’t have finals in high school so there’s more pressure to do well now. She said she is a little worried about finals and the information on the finals but said going through the textbook will help.

Lydia Hier, a liberal arts major said she is feeling really stressed out about her biology final exam.

“Biology is the main one I am stressed about,” Hier said.

She said that there is a lot of content for biology and although she said she understands the material she still feels worried about remembering and knowing everything she needs to know. She explained she has been going to her professor for help, studying the book, and seeing an outside tutor. Hier explained the biggest change is not having review sheets like she did in high school and wishes that high school made her more independent to take an exam.

CCM student Jessica Haines said final exams are always stressful and that it’s a “group stress” because everyone has exams at the same time.

“They are always stressful because you never know how it’s going to go until you take the exams and see your grade,” said Haines. She said she cuddles with her dogs as a way to relieve stress during final exam time and that her advice to students struggling with stress with final exams would be to find balance. She explained that finding balance between “calming yourself down and getting stuff done” will help. She added that students will not learn much if they study while they are stressed.

Matt Menagh, a criminal justice major, said he has a lot of studying to do but feels prepared from his professors. He said that taking breaks to relax and time management helps with the studying process.

“I was at a four-year school before this so I just transferred in,” Menagh said.

Students to display creations at CCM fashion show

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

The Fashion Club at County College of Morris will hold its spring fashion show at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 when fashion design students will showcase designs.


Stevenson’s work in progress designs. Photo By: Heather Stevenson

Anyone who wants to volunteer can model, according to the President of the Fashion Club and fashion design major Dot Lare.

Lare said CCM has been doing fashion shows for the last decade and are run in coordination with  the fashion club and the design department. She said as president the impact she made with fashion is leadership and which brings more student involvement to the club. Lare said her hope for the fashion show is to bring out the newest set of trends.

“My hope for the outcome of the fashion show is to bring unique trends and to bring people’s social creativity out into trends,” Lare in an email.

Gina Mellen, vice president of the fashion club, said she enjoys planning the fashion show with her friend Lare. She said although there’s a lot of responsibility when everything comes together, it’s exciting.

She added that the club does fundraising  in order to  get the equipment and necessities they need for the “perfect show.” She said these fashion shows are a good opportunity to bring students together and see the designer’s work on the runway.

Mellen said she has had a growing passion for the fashion industry through her time at CCM and said this is her last show so she wants to it to be “the best yet.”

“My passion has truly extended throughout these two years at CCM,” said Mellen, a fashion design major at CCM. “I went out of my comfort zone, throughout the box, and had friendships that helped me love what I am doing even more. Fashion can express the way one person is without having to speak.”

Heather Stevenson, a fashion merchandising major, said her role is “to participate” and that she is new to the club but delighted to be a part of it.

Stevenson said she does not want to reveal too much about the designs she has been working on. She said the theme for the fashion show this year is “evolution”. However, Stevenson did say the ideas for aesthetics that she has thought about. She said she was originally thinking about dark themed designs that symbolize the dangers of obsessive thoughts and that she will be working on more “whimsical” designs instead.  She said she will be using a lot of pastels and it theme drawn from childhood.

“I’ve got all my fabric together in one corner of my room right now, and it really does look like circus crashed into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory,” Stevenson said in an email.

Stevenson said she is very excited to be part of the Fashion Club and the Fashion Show.

“I really like having this as an outlet to create an idea and a platform to share it. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to be in college, I could rant for days how college is a luxury, and it is almost a fluke that I even made it here, I really feel like the luckiest person alive,” said Stevenson in an email.

CCM students spring back into the semester after break

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

As students at County College of Morris have returned to school after spring break, some have described the time off as a time of refreshing and relaxing.


A student studies in the upstairs LRC library. Photo by: Arianna Parks

Annie Sinegra, a music major focused on music and catched up on sleep during her time off. Sinegra said spring break gives students “a mental break” and gives students more time to be with their families.

“It gave me more time to relax and do what makes me happy”, said Sinegra.

She said she thinks spring break is at a perfect timing said everything should just stay the same because people are used to it and its benefits.

Aaron Yaqoob, a Biology major said that spring break is usually relaxing but this year it was not as enjoyable because of all the snow days and missed work that needed to be completed. He said that the snow days caused due dates to be pushed around which made it less relaxing. He added that he doubts spring break was not even as necessary this year because of  the snow days.

Yaqoob said that spring break can take away the pressure midterms bring

“It’s definitely a nice time to sort of unwind,” Yaqoob said.

He said during his spring break, he worked on lab reports and studied for tests he has this week. He said he thinks spring break is long enough because students have a lot of time off between the fall and spring semester.

Shane Courtney, a business administration major, said he went to the Bahamas with friends from other colleges over break. Courtney said the vacation helped a lot, that having a break from school helps students refocus, and that he hopes to maintain his grades for the second part of the semester.

“I spent a lot of time on the beach,” Courtney said. “We just hung out on the beach; that was really it.”


A beach in the Bahamas, where a CCM student vacationed during spring break. Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Nicole Sautter, an early childhood education major said she used spring break to catch up on schoolwork.

“They are good because they give you a break from school and if you are behind it gives you time to catch up,” said Sautter, who added that she was able to get a transfer process that takes up a lot of time done for Montclair State University.

Ariel Solimando, an early childhood education major said she worked during spring break and now has two jobs.

“I picked up a lot of hours,” Solimando said. “It was just one less thing to do coming here.”

Solimando said she hopes that students are more focused after coming back from break and that more students want to be there be at college.

Campus community encouraged to ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ in the event of an active shooter

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, County College of Morris officials are encouraging students to familiarize themselves with the college’s standards for handling an active shooter.


The American flag outside the
Student Community Center stands at half-staff in memorium of the Parkland shooting victims. Photo by: Brett Friedensohn

Karen VanDerhoof, vice president of business and finance, said there is a plan for people on campus to follow during a situation. The “Run. Hide. Fight.” video on CCM’s website explains what to do in the event of an active shooter. According to the video, running away is the ideal option if possible; if not, the second-best option is hiding from the threat. As a last resort, one should use surrounding weapons to fight back at the intruder.

“’Run. Hide. Fight.’ is a great resource for all of us to make plans for ourselves whether we are on campus, at work, or anywhere in public and prepares you for the decisions you need to make based on the situation you are presented with and your personal circumstances,” VanDerhoof said in an email.

Vanderhoof said CCM keeps up with various training sessions to prepare for threats. VanDerhoof added that the campus has active shooter (hostile intruder) training sessions throughout the year for employees and students. VanDerhoof explained that active shooter scenarios are also covered. She said that local law enforcement would be a main responder.  The college also has further training and drills to work with safety.

“The college goes through training sessions and drills with the Randolph PD, other County responders, the FBI and FEMA on a routine basis,” VanDerhoof said.

VanDerhoof said additional information is available on the Public Safety website and the CCM website.

Public safety director Harvey Jackson denied a request for an interview, saying that he is busy and usually does not respond to news organizations unless instructed to do so by VanDerhoof or his supervisor. However, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management Dr. Bette Simmons sent to Youngtown an email containing a document signed off by Jackson which gives tips and information for staying safe on campus. The document encourages students to save Public Safety’s phone numbers into their cell phones, signing up for Titan Alert, learn where Public Safety’s emergency phones and call boxes are located on campus, and be able to recognize and report suspicious behavior in friends.

“Recognize behaviors in your friends and others you have contact with that may raise concerns they are having a crisis,” the document reads. “Most people don’t just snap. There is always some overt ‘leakage’ (comments, major life changing event, posting on social media, withdraws from usual activities). Recognizing the early warning signs of someone in crisis is critical; not only recognizing the signs but, also taking the next step and reporting it to authorities (Public Safety, Student Counseling, Law Enforcement). Please view the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation PSA that re-enforces the importance of recognizing the signs.”

Following a CCM student’s November arrest and charge on an assault in Parking Lot 7, Randolph Police Lieutenant Christopher Giuliani told Youngtown that his department leaves patrolling the college primarily to Public Safety and does not regularly check the campus.

CCM President Dr. Anthony Iacono sent an email to all current students Monday, Feb. 19 saying that all flags on campus are to be at half-staff through sunset the following night in memoriam of the victims of Parkland.

“In the wake of this horrible tragedy, I want you to know that your college has made extensive efforts to promote a safe environment for many years,” the email reads. “We review and update our procedures, resources, and training outcomes continuously. We also work closely with law enforcement to assess our risk and to improve the security of CCM … Contact CCM Public Safety if you see or hear anything you believe possesses a safety concern.  Download the free CCM app which has a security icon that allows you to easily contact Public Safety from your cell phone. Please ask your friends to do the same. Also remember to sign up for Titan Alert so you kept aware of any emergency notifications that are sent out. Together we can minimize risks and maximize the safest environment possible.”

Charlie Lopez, a Spanish education major, said although education is important, schools and colleges need to address safety.

“The education is always going to be there but safety has to come first before the education,” said Lopez, who added that it is important that professors and students are safe.

Lopez said he feels he sees more patrol cars on campus after the Florida shooting. However, he said he sees a trend that something changes for a week or two and it goes back to how it was.

Lopez added that he feels safe at CCM for the most part and that CCM students feel safe because of the area. Lopez said a possible way to prevent violent crimes is to have unemployed veterans at schools to protect students.

Simmons said she believes CCM is a “relatively safe” campus and that CCM does a “satisfactory job” in preventing issues with security, as much as they can be prevented. Simmons said that she believes CCM does a “better than satisfactory job” in handling security issues.

“Over the past few years, the college administration has put greater emphasis on enhancing various technologies, protocols, and communications to everyone on campus about safety and security,” Simmons said in an email. “With such a large, diverse, and mobile population, this is not an easy task. And, there’s no doubt that we can do more. But, for the most part, we have been more deliberate in improving the safety and security on campus.”

Simmons also said that students should report suspicious activity.

“The statement of ‘if you see something, say something’ is one that should be followed by everyone, no matter how trivial the observation,” Simmons said.

John McEvoy, a liberal arts major, said  school and college security is a tough situation. He said he does feel safe at CCM but is also aware people have to be alert all the time because something can happen anywhere.

“It’s a really tough situation and it’s really terrible to say because you are never really safe in these situations,” said McEvoy, who added as sad as it is, he thinks there is no real great solution.

McEvoy said that he thinks it’s good that CCM has patrol cars almost everywhere around campus, but he would like to see more security in the buildings.

SGA, new president, seeking replacement senators

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor


The SGA meets in the Student Community Center. PHOTO BY ARIANNA PARKS

A resignation of a sitting president and the removal of four senators for lack of attendance HAS left the County College of Morris Student Government Association seeking new members.

The position of president had been filled by Grace Fenners, a biology major who has been at CCM for two and half semesters.

Last semester, Fenners was in the SGA as a senator of the safety committee but was appointed president after last semester’s president Karen Vasquez chose not to return.

Fenners said she enjoys the new position.

“I like it; I like the people; it’s definitely nice to work with the facility and staff and see what CCM has to offer,” Fenners said.

Fenners said that the SGA works as an active voice with the student body through surveys to provide a basis for what students think. She hopes to provide a voice for the students’ health, happiness, and safety.

Faculty adviser Don Phelps said SGA is big on recruitment and has a lot of vacant positions to fill. The next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 27, and the club is hoping to fill some executive board positions and a majority of the senate positions available.

Phelps, the associate director of campus life, said the SGA is involved with various cases at CCM such as working with the Muslim Student Association in its request for a mediation room as well as with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent corporation which accredits colleges including CCM.

Phelps said he hopes for there to be more awareness of the student government, so students know where to go if they have an issue.

“I think one of the challenges here, especially at CCM, is that students don’t know that they have a student government,” Phelps said.

Megan Frehill, a nursing major, said she is satisfied with her experience at CCM so far; she enjoys the events CCM offers and said that the SGA should continue to hold events because they are enjoyable.

“It’s a really, really nice community college,” Frehill said. “It feels like a bigger college because it has so much to offer.”

Phelps said if students are interested in SGA to contact them at to make a difference.

UPDATE: A shorter version of this article was posted online at approximately 2 p.m.  Wednesday, Feb. 21. The full version that was published in print was published online at approximately 10 p.m.

SAPB hosts annual teddy bear factory fundraiser

Students made stuffed animals to support Passaic charity

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

The Student Community Center at County College of Morris transformed into the Student Activities Planning Board’s Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear Factory Tuesday, Feb. 13 when participants paid to make stuffed animals to raise funds for a charitable cause.


From left, Jasmin Moreno-Monsalve, Andrea Lucia Alfonso, Valeria Marin, Jennifer Reyes, Kimberly Quintero participated in the Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear Factory organized by the Student Activities Planning Board. Photo By: Gina N. Fico

CCM has been hosting Teddy Bear Factories for the past 10 years, according to Don Phelps, associate director of campus life. The cost is $5 which covers the stuffing and an unstuffed animal of a bear, monkey, or a cow.

Phelps said the charities change each year  and added in the past the money went toward an equine center, autism research, cancer research, and a particular family in the CCM community. This year, donations went toward SMILE, a food and diaper pantry out of Passaic. SMILE also has other programs such as case management, help for refugees, and mental health. He said SAPB members pick the charity and that the event raises $500.


Maria Schwarz, biology major, right and Victoria Cattano, biology major participate in the Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear Factory. Photo By: Gina N. Fico

“It brings together students, faculty, and staff, and watching the interactions and people build their bears is really special,” Phelps said.

Jasmin Moreno, vice president of SAPB and a business administration major said this is a very popular event at CCM.

“I like the fact that people can come up and be really enthusiastic about getting a bear, and you are the one who gets the bear, gets the stuffing, gets the decorations and make someone have fun for a half hour,” Moreno said.

April Pachas, a nursing major, said she likes that the proceeds of this event are going to a good cause.

“I didn’t expect all these people to come and all the money is going to charity, so that’s great,” Pachas said.

Sophia Meola, an exercise science major, said the event is something that she finds relieves stress.

“It takes your mind off school, it’s something fun to do”, said Meola.

She said she is going to give the stuffed cow she made to her mother for Valentine’s Day.

Marianne Enriquez, an exercise science major, said she drove from work to make a bear and spend time with her friend.

“It’s really cute and it’s not expensive and it’s going to a good cause”, Enriquez said.

Students can gift their stuffed animal to someone for Valentine’s Day or keep it for themselves. The Equal Opportunity Fund also had a table there, giving students the option  to donate their stuffed animal to children at Morristown Medical Center, according to Jonathan Vega, human services major and EOF member.

Clubs collect, connect with recruits at Welcome Back Bash


Left: Youngtown Edition Editor-in-Chief Brett Friedenson, as the News Knight, poses with the CCM Titan at the Welcome Back Bash Jan. 30. Above: LGBT club member Matthew J. Bristol
recruits students at their table draped with a pride flag. PHOTOS BY JARED DANQUAH

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

At the Student Activities Programming Board’s semiannual Welcome Back Bash Tuesday, Jan. 30, members of the campus community gathered at County College of Morris to browse clubs’ recruitment stations.

A cartoonist drew students’ caricatures, and the SAPB provided free pizza and played music throughout the event.

Don Phelps, associate director of campus life said that CCM has been doing something like this since the college started.

Phelps said there are 56 active CCM clubs and that 35 or 40 represented themselves at the Welcome Back Bash.

“It’s one of the main recruitment events for a lot of clubs,” Phelps said. “It gives a change for everyone to come together and be together for the afternoon and take a little break from studying … And most importantly, it gives students who aren’t engaged with the college engaged.”

Women in STEM’s main goal was to get more women involved with science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Respiratory therapy majors don scrubs as they welcome students to their table at the Welcome Back Bash Jan. 30.  PHOTO BY ALEXA WYSZKOWSKI

Kat David, a mechanical engineering and technology major said breaking the stigma is what motivates her.

“It was mainly because I was born in the Philippines, and we come from a very conservative environment where women should be in more caring positions and men should be in more technical fields,” David said.

Desiree Ramos, an architecture major, said she has had an interest in  computer since an early age and wants to get more women involved in STEM.

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Gourmet club president Ted Sharretts right gives out hot chocolate with public relations officer Kamil Grochowski at the Welcome Back Bash Jan. 30. PHOTO BY ALEXA WYSZKOWSKI

“I just feel more women should be in STEM, and you think guys should be in it, but there’s a lot more women that are into it that are afraid to open up to it,” Ramos said.

Stephanie Hrinko, a liberal arts major and secretary of Active Minds, said she wants to bring awareness to suicide and eating disorders.

“We talk about things that people do not like to talk about,” said Hrinko. She said her hope for the Welcome Back Bash is to give hope to someone else and it benefit someone else, even if they do not sign up for the club.

The Student Nurses Association, whose mission is to give insight to the CCM community that nursing goes above and beyond a nursing major, has upcoming events such as the Valentine’s Day blood drive and bake sale that is coming up Wednesday, Feb. 14.


Saskia Salas, a nursing major and vice president of the club, said there usually is a shortage of blood nationally, so this event is important because of how many lives a donation can save.

“I want more people to be aware of this club; this club is not out there like other clubs,” Salas said.

The president of the club, Jacquelyn Gagne, said she gains from the club experiences such as the trip during the spring 2017 semester to  an economically disadvantaged area of West Virginia.

“We are grateful for everyone who is helping building this club, and we hope to get more people involved,” Gagne said.

Melissa Hamfeldt, a radiography major, said she is happy CCM has Welcome Back Bashes and it is a nice way to meet people and make new friends.

“Everybody has been very friendly and telling you everything you need to know about the clubs,” Hamfelt said.

SGA ponders push for meditation room

Muslim Student Association sponsoring request

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

Members of County College of Morris’ Muslim Student Association have continued to campaign for the establishment of an interfaith meditation room, a proposal first presented from the club to the Student Government Association in the fall 2017 semester.

MSA members have been talking with Don Phelps, associate director of campus life and Student Government Association adviser, according to MSA faculty adviser and mathematics professor Gitanjali Rizk, who said having the Student Associations on board with the idea has been a challenge.

Matthew J. Bristol, former SGA vice president who served in fall 2017, said that some MSA members had initially suggested a “prayer room,” but SGA members had proposed that the campaign be changed to a meditation room. Phelps said the campaign is currently listed under both names and a final name is yet to be determined.

“I think that a prayer room so long as it is for everyone is perfectly fine,” Bristol said. “I want a prayer room that is also a meditation room, some place for people to go that is for everyone. They do not have the right to disrupt others’ prayer or meditation, and they should not be in that room because that is to be a place for peace, quiet, and for people to relax, pray, or meditate.”

However, Rizk said that while talks for a “prayer room” began last semester, the room will be a “meditation room” that will be open to all faiths and help with students’ stress.
“I think a room like this will provide students a place where they can go and pray, meditate, reflect on things around them, and as such, provide an avenue to relieve stress,” Rizk said. “This should further help them concentrate more on their education.”

The president of MSA, Yassar Kahn said that the opportunity for people to meditate is not just limited to students.

“It’s a really good addition to the campus for not only students but non-students,” Kahn said.

Vice president Fatema Ahmadi said the meditation room will help eliminate confusion. She said they pray in in the club rooms, but some people feel confused when they see others praying and she wants everyone to feel included.

“I want everyone to be united and come together as one,” Ahmadi said.

Rizk said they hope to have something decided about the mediation room this semester.

The idea of a meditation room is favorable to Beth Ochs, a liberal arts major at CCM, who meditates on a weekly basis. Ochs said that a mediation room will also help students succeed academically.

“I actually mediate about 20 minutes a day myself, so if I had a place to do here would be more than happy,” Ochs said.

She said the mediation keeps her more focused on what is important and helps her mind not race over unnecessary thoughts.

Phelps said a mediation room will also have similar benefits.

“I think it will give a great space for students to go to and reflect and recharge either mentally or spiritually,” Phelps said.

Phelps said a challenge is how often CCM is under construction, and a mediation room in Demare Hall has been suggested, but the plan hasn’t gone any further.
Shane Spritzer, a criminal justice major said a mediation room would benefit the CCM community because it’s a unique idea for people to try something new while also being  something for students who already mediate.

“It’s a good opportunity for students to try something they haven’t tried before,” Spritzer said.

Students show business, marketing skills

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

County College of Morris’ business department held a marketing showcase Thursday, Dec. 7 to allow students to come up with new ideas to improve existing products at County College of Morris and use their marketing skills in real life situations.

In this event, five groups of Principles of Marketing I students competed to reach different goals for the CCM community.

Tyler Cobb, a business administration major, said working on this project helped him to work in a group and talking  in front of people; his group’s goal was to change the location of the tutoring center, currently downstairs in DeMare Hall.

“I think our biggest pitch is moving the tutoring center from where it’s hidden now to the corner to the library,” Cobb said.

Some of the other group’s goals included improving enrollment, the planetarium, and CCM Direct, a program which allows adult students to earn a degree in two years taking three classes per semester for less than $1,500 a semester.

Students displayed a variety of technological ideas, came up with ways to work with the image to promote their projects, and used statistics to show how their goals can work.

Sarah Vojta, a business administration major and Cobb’s team member, said she was both nervous and excited about presenting her group’s idea at the marketing seminar. However, she said no matter the outcome of the results, she said her group’s idea was going to work, and CCM will have a better Tutoring Center.

“I think our group did very well so we have a good chance today,” Vojta said before presenting.

She said that another goal of her group was to make students feel less intimidated when needing to use the tutoring services and that her group wanted to lessen the stigma so more people ask for help. She said she wants to make the tutoring center more enjoyable.

Maureen Sutton, chairperson of the business department and associate professor of business said this was the first time that CCM held a marketing seminar.

Sutton  thought it would be good for the business students to be taught marketing.

Sutton said the business students had a practical experience while working with an existing product and that they had to talk to CCM employees, see a show at the planetarium, and view a survey from the Tutoring Center.

The marketing showcase had judges that viewed all the presentations and added up scores at the end of the event. They judged the students on a variety of aspects of their presentations. The results  for the best content was CCM Direct, and the Tutoring Center group won first overall and organization delivery.

Sutton said she was proud of the students that presented their ideas.

“I just think they did an outstanding job,” Sutton said. “It wasn’t just me who said that; it was the others who attended the session.”

CCM will hold another marketing seminar in the fall 2018 semester, according to Sutton.

Five class registration tips from a CCM graduate

By Gina N. Fico
Staff Writer

It is that time already: registration for the spring 2018 semester. Registration can be a stressful time for many students for various reasons. Anticipation for graduation and work conflicts are leading concerns for students while selecting classes. The five following tips will help students to have a more fulfilling experience at County College of Morris.

  1. Choose how many days a week works best for you.

I cannot explain enough how going to CCM less than five days a week has benefited my college experience. Some students work better by getting all their classes done by only coming to campus two or three times a week. It makes going to school seem less mundane and provides them with more time to catch up with their studies and/or work. However, other students may find these long days tiring and may benefit from spreading their classes throughout the week. Whatever works for you, pursue it. It will really help with your outlook on school.

  1. Keep in mind certain courses are available only in certain semesters.

I graduated as a journalism student in spring after starting in fall 2014, and now, I am back for a media technology certificate. There were two classes in the journalism program that I remember having to take in certain semesters. Advanced journalism only ran in the fall, and editing and publication design only ran in the spring. It is important to be aware of this especially for students who have plans for gradation for a certain date. Make sure to keep in contact with your advisor about this this issue.

  1. Don’t wait too long.

I understand this one is very cliche, and you will hear it over and over again. But you can’t have a list of class registration tips without it. You wouldn’t believe how quickly classes, especially high demand classes like the remedial writing skills class, fill up. Get to signing up for classes as quickly as you can, and always keep in mind there is a deadline. Understand what this deadline means to avoid an extra charge or worst being denied to sign up for classes for the semester.

  1. Build strong relations with your advisor

Advisors are available to provide students with answers for selecting the right classes for the upcoming semester. Don’t fall in into the habit of just getting cleared by your advisor. Ask questions, and find out what classes will benefit you the most academically and eventually, professionally, and keep up to date on understanding transfer plans. It is also important to have good communication skills with your advisor about any stress or concerns you have about upcoming classes you are required to take.

  1. Don’t race your degree completion

It is always rewarding to quickly move on to the next planned chapters of life. However, do not stress yourself about finishing your degree in a certain amount of time. Remember to always to keep in mind the quality over quantity rule with education. If you cannot handle a heavy course load for any reason, limit yourself to how many classes you plan on taking. Don’t feel pressured to keep up with your classmates or friends to finish a degree.

I hope these five tips will ease the experience of registration. It can be difficult and frustrating at times, but these five aspects have helped me select the right classes and get the most out of my education at CCM. I wish all CCM student the best for the spring 2018 semester.