October 28, 2013

My Three Lives: An Older Student’s Perspective

My-three-lives

So I figure that I’m now living what I like to call my “third life.” These aren’t the same as the nine lives that death-defying felines allegedly possess. My First Life — At Home with My Parents I couldn’t wait to go to college the first time around. Back in the “old days” of the 90’s, […]

October 23, 2013

The Benefits of Going to a Commuter College

Commuting to College

My first year of college, I went to a private school and lived in a dorm. This had many positive aspects. For one, it was convenient to get anywhere and if I was doing homework in my dorm room I could easily get to my instructor’s office across campus. It was also convenient to hang […]

October 21, 2013

FRCC Halloween Carnivals in Ft. Collins & Westminster

Halloween costumes

Even as my kids start their teenage years, they still get excited for Halloween. As a family we’ve always been about do-it-yourself (DIY) costumes. As the kids have gotten older the process of creating a costume has turned into something I didn’t expect—quality family time. We spend time brainstorming our ideas at the dinner table, […]

October 16, 2013

Planner Apps for Students

Planner-apps

As a student, the importance of managing your schedule, organizing your life, and staying on task cannot be understated—but putting those good habits into practice may be a little easier said than done. The good news? We live in the digital age, where technology makes so many things easier, including time management. Here are a […]

October 14, 2013

Student Success: Living the American Dream

Roberto Arrece-Toro

Roberto came to the United States from Peru in 2002 to live the American Dream. “Since I came to this country,” he says, “I’ve moved up. I’m trying to be a professional and get a decent job.” Studying CIS To live the American Dream, Roberto learned English through the adult education program at the St. […]

October 9, 2013

Repaying Student Loans

Repay-loans

Almost 60% of students today have borrowed an education loan to help pay for college. Currently, there is between $902 billion and $1 trillion in outstanding education loan debt among American students. If you or someone you know has participated in the Federal education loan program(s), you’ve come to the right place to learn about […]

October 7, 2013

The Note Taking Survival Kit

Note taking

One of the most vivid memories I have about college was having frequent thoughts of, “I wish the instructor would slow down! I can’t write fast enough!” This would then lead to anxiety and frustration as I could never be as accurate as a tape recorder. Little did I know back then that I didn’t […]

October 2, 2013

Skateboarding Across America for Alzheimer’s Research

Photo of a skateboarder going along the highway across the plains.

Standing in Belle Fourche, S.D., at the geographical center of the United States, the scope of my trip really hit me. My dad, Jack Smith, and my three other team members, Colleen Pellech, Marc Juvinall, and Melanie Castro, had been skateboarding across America for more than a week. This trip opened my eyes to the […]

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