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5 Action Items to Have a Successful Semester

1 day ago

-Go to class: it sounds simple, but attending each class is the first step in doing well in a class.

-Buy the textbook: Search for the cheapest copy, get it and read it. Make sure it is the edition specified by your instructor. Don’t get behind on reading assignments.

-Keep a calendar: many successful students keep a calendar of upcoming assignments and often mark down by day when they need to do work on those assignments. It can be a physical notebook calendar, Apple calendar or Microsoft Office Outlook. The computer versions have the advantage of automatic reminders.

-Work ahead of deadline: If you wait until the last minute you probably won’t do your best work. If something comes up in your life you may even miss an assignment. If you work ahead you can do better work and not miss deadlines. Just don’t work too far ahead- you want to keep pace with the class.

-Start work now on big assignments: If you have a big paper or speech or some other assignment coming up in a class, get started now. You can do some basic web surfing to come up with a topic and maybe even start research.

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New Students: Three Things to do Now

1 day 19 hours ago

-Get a parking pass

-Get a student ID

Go to Student Services...in the Wood Campus Center in Gallatin. Check with the front desk for the other campuses.-Check your emails daily. They come in two places. Notifications from the college in My Vol State and emails from instructors in eLearn.
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Tips for Spring Classes

6 days ago

All Vol State campus locations closed Monday, January 17 for the MLK Holiday.

Vol State spring classes start Tuesday, January 18. All online students should log into the eLearn course page for each course they are taking to see if there are assignments to complete. A reminder that attendance is taken in all classes, online and in-person, during the first week for Financial Aid.

Here are things to do now:

-There is still time to register or make changes to your schedule.

-Check to make sure your classes are correct and that each one is in the format and location you wanted.

-If you are new to online learning, attend an eLearn workshop - info at volstate.edu/elearnsuccess

We hope everyone has a great semester!

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Holiday Closing Dates

1 month ago


All Vol State campuses will be closed for the holidays, from December 24 through January 3. We will be back open January 4 to help everyone get ready for the spring semester. Fall students can register for spring classes at any time on My Vol State. New and readmit students can fill out the application online at any time: www.volstate.edu/apply

Spring classes start January 18. The college is closed January 17 for MLK Day.

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My terrible, horrible, no good, very bad semester: and how I got help

1 month ago

Have you had a rough semester? You are not alone!  

As many students do, I found myself being pulled in a billion different directions between school, work, and life. This semester I thought I could handle all of it, but it caught up to me… 

Flash back to the third week of the semester, after working 30-hour weeks and being a full-time student in new classes with new material, my body hit a wall and I got Covid. It put me in bed for two entire weeks. Fast forward to early November, I got lice and tonsillitis at the same time.  

Week after week, it felt like everything went the opposite of “easy”. It was the hardest, most grueling semester and time in my life thus far for so many reasons.  

The amount of work I missed during the time I was out of school was incredible, and the amount of time it took me to make up the missed assignments, while also keeping up with current material, was exhausting. I was struggling more and more as the semester went on with motivation and energy. Each week seemed longer than the last, and my to do list just kept building item by item, and assignment by assignment. 

I got through it in the end, but it has taken, and will continue to take, some time to debrief and destress from the past semester.  

There are so many different things people may struggle with. Whatever your situation and struggle is, it can become overwhelming to the point of exhaustion, and can take a toll on your mental, physical, and emotional health, as it did mine.   

See, what I failed to realize when committing myself in a lot of areas at the beginning of the semester, was that while productive struggle is healthy and initiates growth, there can be unproductive struggle and overworking downfalls as well.   

When I started to feel myself floundering, I tried to fix it myself. When that failed, I reached out to my teachers, and their help is the reason I got through the semester with passing grades. The lesson I learned, despite hearing it many times before, was to ask for help.  

Do not give up from the stress of whatever challenges you are facing. Reach out to someone and talk it through, that includes people here at Vol State. You could talk to someone at the Advising office on your campus, or utilize the online resources for mental health.  

Support yourself by letting others support you. 

-Winnie Combs

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Vol State Winter Showcase Concerts

1 month 3 weeks ago

 

Vol State Performing Arts students will share music and theatre in the Vol State Winter Showcase this weekend. The annual celebration includes performances by: Vol State Jazz, Commercial Vocal Ensemble, Bluegrass Ablaze, songwriting students, and selected scenes from Theatre students. It will be held on December 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Caudill Hall on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. The Showcase is free, and everyone is invited. Masks and social distancing are recommended. 
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Vol State Events This Week

1 month 3 weeks ago


Nov. 30 Student Government Association (SGA) Meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Check your student email for the access code

Dec. 1 Festival of Lights, tree lighting, music and food, 11:45am-1:30pm, Nichols Dining Room

Dec. 3 and 4 Winter Showcase Concert, performing arts students, 7:30pm, Caudill Hall
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Vol State Events This Week

2 months ago


Nov. 15 Lionel Davis: Stories from a Former Political Prisoner, South African shares his experience live on Zoom, 11am-Noon, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/s/93982153166
Nov. 15 Dancing with Dr. O, come and dance with the Vol State President, Wood Campus Center, 11:15am-12:15pm
Nov. 15-20 IE Week Escape Game 2021, Test your skills with our online escape game with an international theme, 11am-Noon each day, https://volstate.libwizard.com/f/IEW2021
Nov. 16 Cookeville Campus International Celebration, celebration of global learning, 10am-11:30am, check with front desk for location
Nov. 16 Springfield Campus International Celebration, celebration of global learning, 10am-11:30am, check with front desk for location
Nov. 16 Student Government Association (SGA) Meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Check your student email for the access code
Nov. 16 The Well, free lunch and taking donations for Food Drive, 12-2pm, Nichols Dining B
Nov. 16 How to Wrap Up Your Semester, tips for finals and studying, two sessions 12:45pm and 6pm, Zoom ID: 994 8443 1907
Nov. 17 Vol State Singers: Words and Music II, poetry and music, 1pm, Caudill
Nov. 17 International Food and Treasures Showcase, recipes and objects from travels, 3-4pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/s/95182874264
Nov. 18 Gallatin Campus International Celebration, global learning and free food, 10am-2pm, Nichols Dining B
Nov. 18 Livingston Campus International Celebration, global learning and free food, 10-11:30am, check with front desk for location
Nov. 18 International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad, 2-3pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201#success
Nov. 18 Paying for Study Abroad, tips to finance an international experience, 3-4pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201#success
Nov. 21 Vol State Singers: Words and Music II, poetry and music, 3pm, Caudill
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Students- Get Help With Research Papers and Other Projects

2 months 1 week ago


Get help with research papers and other projects

The Learning Commons has a location on each campus and virtual service. They can help students with papers and speeches. Get feedback and advice before you turn your paper in to your professor. You can also use the essay drop-off service in eLearn. See the main eLearn page for details.VSCC Thigpen Library offers in-person assistance at all campus locations. We're also available for virtual assistance. Visit our website for hours at each location and options for virtual assistance. https://www.volstate.edu/library All services are free and open to all students. For a complete list visit: www.volstate.edu/collegesuccess
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Vol State International Education Week Nov. 15-20

2 months 1 week ago


Join us for these activities celebrating Study Abroad and global learning. Everyone is welcome. Organized by International Education at Vol State.

Nov. 15                 Lionel Davis: Stories from a Former Political Prisoner, South African shares his experience live on Zoom, 11am-Noon, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/s/93982153166

Nov. 15-20           IE Week Escape Game 2021, Test your skills with our online escape game with an international theme, 11am-Noon each day, https://volstate.libwizard.com/f/IEW2021

Nov. 16               Cookeville Campus International Celebration, celebration of global learning, 10am-11:30am, check with front desk for location

Nov. 16               Springfield Campus International Celebration, celebration of global learning, 10am-11:30am, check with front desk for location

Nov. 17             International Food and Treasures Showcase, recipes and objects from travels, 3-4pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/s/95182874264

Nov. 18                 Gallatin Campus International Celebration, global learning and free food, 10am-2pm, Nichols Dining B

Nov. 18                 Livingston Campus International Celebration, global learning and free food, 10-11:30am, check with front desk for location

Nov. 18                 International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad, 2-3pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201#success

Nov. 18                 Paying for Study Abroad, tips to finance an international experience, 2-3pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201#success

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Vol State Events This Week

2 months 1 week ago


Nov. 8 Celebrate First Generation College Students, breakfast and info for students, 10-11am, Thigpen Library

Nov. 9 TnCIS Study Abroad Info Session, find out about countries you can travel to for classes and scholarships to pay for it, 9-10am, Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83272290123
Nov. 9 Student Government Forum, ask questions of Vol State administration, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, check your student email for the passcode to join
Nov. 9 Documentary Film Discussion: Exterminate All the Brutes, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYud-6vpj8vHNOAeZQyCUyAEpmGfJ4aa4zL
Nov. 10 and 11 Health Sciences Discovery Days, Vol State programs show labs and discuss career opportunities, 2pm -4pm each day, arrive at 1:45pm at Wallace South main hallway.
Nov. 10 Pioneer Pen Informational Meeting, learn about the student literary/arts magazine, 2-3pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/97864587772#success
Nov. 11 Veterans Day Documentary: The Six Triple Eight, 12:45-2:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwocuqqqz4sGdKFknUYVHrWzDoAjdGvXqhq
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Health Science Discovery Days - Career Exploration Nov. 10 and 11

2 months 2 weeks ago


Students- Discover your future health career at Health Science Discovery Days

Gallatin Campus - November 10th and 11th

Sessions every 30 minutes from 2-4 pm.  Students should come to the check-in table in Wallace South starting at 1:45 each day for directions.

-Learn about health science programs

-Obtain program information and ask questions

-Tour health science labs and see the equipment in use

-Learn about a profession you don’t know about and develop a back-up plan for your future

-Giveaways

Participating Programs

Dental Assisting

Physical Therapist Assistant

Health Information Management

Ophthalmic Technology

Medical Laboratory Technician

Sleep Diagnostic Technician

Emergency Medical Services

Sonography

Radiologic Technology (Thursday only)

Respiratory Care (Thursday only)

For more information contact Health Sciences at 615-230-3330.

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Vol State Events this Week

2 months 2 weeks ago


Nov. 1- Nov. 4     Documentary Film Series: Exterminate All the Brutes, colonization and genocide, four episodes, one each day, details and links: https://www.volstate.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/events

Nov. 2                   Student Government Association (SGA) Meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Check your  student email for the access code

Nov. 4                   Nugs for Drugs, We will be taking unused and expired prescription medication in exchange for chicken nuggets, 11am-12:30pm, Wood Campus Center Hallway

Nov. 4                   International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad, 2-3pm, Zoom: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88932942732

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Priority Spring Class Registration for Current Students Starts Nov. 1

2 months 3 weeks ago


Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more prior to this semester) starts at 8am on November 1. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours prior to this semester) on November 2 at 8am.

Get ready now by logging into your My Vol State portal and clicking on the Degree Works icon. You will see your advisor listed at the top of Degree Works. Click on the envelope icon at the top right to contact them to make an appointment. Your academic advisor can help you with your course schedule and make sure you are taking the classes you need for your major.

If you have problems, you can contact the Office of Advising via email at advising@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3702.

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Vol State Events This Week

2 months 3 weeks ago


October 26      Halloween Bash, wear your Halloween costume: costume contest, spooky treats, haunted glow golf in Thigpen Library, free food and t-shirts, 5pm-7pm, Thigpen Plaza,

October 26      Sumner County & the American Slave Trade, community discussion, 6:30-7:30pm, https://volstate.zoom.us/j/94920414516

October 27      Study Skills Strategy Session: Persistence, 12:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/99484431907

October 28          Trick-or-Treat Virtual Game Night, put your Halloween knowledge to the test with our spookiest virtual game, $200 prize, 6pm-8pm, Check your Vol State email for the link

October 29          International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad, 10am-11am, Zoom:  https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201

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