August 28th, 2013 by Dean Heath
On the first day at Cape Fear Community College, I was a bit lost. With all the confusion of the first day, it made it even harder to navigate when I couldn’t find my classes. I had never taken a tour of the college prior to my first day of class. I had only been to the college once or twice. Part of the tour at the college explains what classes are in what buildings. Also, the tour shows the library, cafeteria, and the bookstore. For new students, these are always places of interest. Had I taken a tour, I am sure the first week of college would have been less stressful.
May 10th, 2013 by Dean Heath
Visit Colleges This Summer
The campus visit presents a good opportunity for you to drill down, to reflect on your interests and goals. As you visit colleges this summer, determine if your prospective colleges support your goals and complement your interests.
If you are committed to community service, a talented artist, scientist or athlete, research various collegesâ€™ programs and e-mail the directors of these programs to schedule a meeting during your visit.
Donâ€™t be bashful. Most professors and coaches like hearing from you. If your â€œthingâ€ is quantum physics, then rest assured there is some lonely professor eager to hear from a kindred spirit.
Meeting with individual professors and coaches will give you a more nuanced understanding of the school. It will also allow you to demonstrate a more refined interest in that school when you must write supplemental essays as part of your college application.
-New York Times
April 12th, 2013 by Dean Heath
Being that CFCC is a community college many students choose not to be involved in clubs and organizations around campus. But donâ€™t miss out on this awesome opportunity to get involved and get to know your school and fellow students better. CFCC has a large variety of clubs that are built around your interest and around your major. Some of the clubs that CFCC has to offer are Student Government Association (SGA),Â Alpha Chi Sigma (PTK),Â 3MP (Minority Male Mentoring Program), along with 23 other clubs. All the clubs and all the information you need to know about, such as meeting times/places, eligibility, ect. can be found on the CFCC website,Â www.cfcc.eduÂ in the Student Life category under the Activities and Clubs tab. I encourage everyone to get involved in the activities this school has to offer. It is one of my biggest regrets as a student is not getting involved sooner. Join clubs your freshman/ first year at CFCC, donâ€™t be like me and wait until itâ€™s almost too late. Now that I am involved in clubs I am more knowledgeable about the school and feel like I am making a difference in this school that will benefit generations of students to come. Â Â Â
April 12th, 2013 by Dean Heath
If you want to be successful during your time at Cape Fear Community College, it is important to keep your priorities in line and keep your studies in the forefront of your thoughts at all times. I should know, because of all the available services I am a highly successful student at Cape Fear Community College. (I can assure you that wasn’t the case during my time in High School.) Cape Fear Community College makes it possible to handle the balancing act by offering different varieties of help.Â If you need a quiet place to study, the library is available. If you need some help with your math homework (been there) the math lab is availableÂ with tutors who are there for one reason, and that is to help students. The learning lab is also a great resource where you can use the available computers to work on all of your computer necessary class work. If you are looking for more one on one time you can schedule to meet with a tutor whoÂ is trained to teach specific subjects that cover a wide range of areas. We also have a writing lab where a trained tutor will look over your paper before you hand it in. I know what you’re thinking, what else could I possibly need to help me succeed? Your professors are also available to speak with you after class or during their office hours.Â With all these resources at your disposal, you have every ability to be able to succeed at Cape Fear Community College. Do not let your worries of the past dictate your future. It is a new beginning and you can make it whatever you desire.
April 4th, 2013 by Dean Heath
What would make life as a student just a little easier? WebAdvisor! Okay, so it was not the answer you may have anticipated, or even desired, but do not negate its purposes. Keeping from driving Downtown or to the North Campusâ€™, search for parking, possibly stand in line, or have others gather your personal information just makes life a touch easier. Once you log into the Cape Fear Community Collegeâ€™s website, click on the WebAdvisor icon and then the Studentâ€™s section. Just about everything that you need to accomplish administratively, can be achieved right from the comfort and privacy of home. Do you need to change your address, make payments, check your Financial Aid status, register for classes, or see your Grade Point Average (GPA)? How about being undecided about the program you are in and would like to check what classes you have already completed that may go towards something else you are interested in? Just a simple click in the Program Evaluation screen could send you on your way to your future decisions. Most importantly, when all is said and done, you will be able to file for your â€œIntent to Graduate!â€
March 21st, 2013 by Dean Heath
I chose Cape Fear Community College for several reasons. One, Cape Fear is a convenient community college for the area. Youâ€™re right down town with all the local restaurants and shops. During your breaks from class you have the option of just walking down by the water and taking in historical Wilmington. Cape Fear complimented me well. I fit right in with the student body and faculty as if they were family all along. I also like the idea of not walking all over campus to get to my classes. Itâ€™s a great school to start or finish at! CFCC has amazing pride and I am proud to be graduating with my associates from Cape Fear!
February 25th, 2013 by Dean Heath
Striving to do your best in school each and every semester can become downright exhausting, but motivation to accomplish this task can be found in many different ways.Â So what keeps me on track at school?Â Ice cream!Â From the day my daughter started going to school, my reward to her for Aâ€™s and Bâ€™s, was ice cream.Â Now that we are both in college our grades have become a competitive game of sorts.Â The one with the better grades is the winner, and the other has to pay for the ice cream.Â Mind you this is not my only incentive, being competitive I thrive to receive an A in all my classes, but you just canâ€™t beat â€œGood grade ice creamâ€.
February 15th, 2013 by Dean Heath
When I was in 7th grade English and had a problem trying to remembering all my notes from past classes. IÂ couldn’tÂ write well or remember much of what I studied. My teacher was concerned, and she asked if I was taking good notes. She told me to start organizing my notes, but when I looked at my paper it was just a bunch of paragraphs.
I was trying figure out how to write good notes, and my math teacher told me to use my math brain. I thought he was crazy. He said use numbers and bullets like I do in math class and minus signs as dashes and underline main points like I divide my equations. I started writing my notes like I did my math equations.
I write main points with minus signs in the beginning of my notes. I used bullets/multiplication symbols for clues to help me remember of what was in a novel or a book. I underline main words or sentences like I do with division. Organizing my notes in a mathematical way really helped out with my scores in English and in History classes. Ever since I have always wrote my notes in a mathematical way and it helps with all my classes. It can lead to better test scores and most importantly makes you a better student and it show teachers that you are trying. Organized notes can help with any class.
February 14th, 2013 by Dean Heath
The thing Iâ€™ve learned most while in college is how to juggle. College is the ultimate test in time management. We all have other things going on in life. College is all about setting your priorities straight. For most students, this means juggling school with a full/part time job, family, and personal recreation. For me, family is number one. You have to take care of family first. School is a close second. It costs a lot of money to earn a degree so you need to do everything you can to finish, and finish strong. There isnâ€™t a lot of immediate gratification in going to class every day, but keep the ultimate goal of a degree in mind at all times. This will keep you motivated. Working is vital to surviving. Your job is very important for financial security while you obtain your degree. But also keep in mind, the reason (usually) one goes to school is to get a better/higher paying job.
My secret for juggling all of this is simpleâ€¦ enjoy yourself! Once you start a semester, itâ€™s very easy to get stressed out because youâ€™ve started a new routine. But chill out! Spend 15 minutes early in the semester and write out all of your commitments on a sheet of paper. List them according to day and time. Yeah, it may stink going to class Monday through Friday and working those evenings, but you already accepted the challenge when you applied to the college. Know and accept that you WILL be doing these daily tasks.
Now for the fun part; your mental health. I feel that the reason people stress with time management is because they have a cloudy, chaotic mindset. Donâ€™t forget to do things that you enjoy to do. Even something as small as taking a 20 minute walk each day. Spent time daydreaming (outside of work and class) or go on a bike ride. Go fishing even if the bite isnâ€™t supposed to be good. Basically, take time away from school/work and focus on you. There is something about nature that cleanses the mindâ€¦and itâ€™s free! Be careful though, itâ€™s very easy for your personal time to be so enjoyable, that it become routine, and next thing you know, youâ€™re a textbook procrastinator.
This semester Iâ€™ve done something different, and itâ€™s been working great for me. I set up my class schedule so I have class Monday through Friday, with breaks in between.Â I like going Monday through Friday because then I treat it like a job. I also set my class schedule so I get an hour break in between classes. Having this break time is great for getting off campus for a while, and having some â€œmeâ€ time. If I had a three hour break, I would drive home, where I would probably stay the rest of the afternoon. Donâ€™t give yourself the opportunity to slack. It is not worth it for me to drive home on a one hour break. If I donâ€™t need the mental health, the break is a great time to catch up on studying or to do homework. If Iâ€™m feeling cloudy or stressed, Iâ€™ll use that time to get off campus to grab some lunch (tons of great places downtown) or just walk down by the river. Always keep your goals in mind, but donâ€™t underestimate and never forget the power of â€œmeâ€ time. This works for me, I hope it will for you.
January 29th, 2013 by Dean Heath
On the first day at Cape Fear Community College, I was a bit lost. With all the confusion of the first day, it made it even harder to accommodate when I couldn’t find my classes. I had never taken a tour of the college prior to my first day of class. I had only been to the college once or twice. Part of the tour at the college explains what classes are in what buildings. Also, the tour shows the library, cafeteria, and the bookstore. For new students, these are always places of interest. Had I taken a tour, I am sure the first week of college would have been less stressful.