Persistence Pays Off

By: Sue Michaels Posted in: Student Services
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Summer is winding down and the fall semester is just around the corner. If you applied, assessed, and registered last spring for your fall classes, you can stop reading now and go out and enjoy the rest of your summer. If you are like many people and meant to sign up early but are just now getting around to it, read on, I have some good advice. 

First of all, if you are a new student or a student that missed a few semesters you'll need to immediately apply to Sierra College. Go to this link today http://www.cccapply.org/applications/CCCApply/apply/Sierra_College.html, the deadline for fall applications is August 5 (that's right, it is almost here). If you miss it, you can be reassured that at least you are nice and early for the spring semester.

Once you've taken all the steps necessary to be eligible to register (assess, meet with a councelor, etc.) or if you are a continuing student, one of the first things you'll notice is that many of the essential classes show that they are full. Don't panic. My advice is to widen your horizons, look for classes early in the morning or in the evenings, check out classes at different campuses. While the majority of our students go to the Rocklin or Roseville Gateway campuses, we have two other campuses that are brand new, in beautiful locations, and most importantly, have more open classes. 

Our Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley is easy to get to, just travel up Highway 49. If you live near Auburn, it will take you almost exactly the same amount of time to travel up the hill instead of down. And it is gorgeous up there.

How does taking classes near some of the top ski resorts and recreation areas in the state sound to you? Well, our Tahoe-Truckee campus in the beautiful town of Truckee near Lake Tahoe, may be just the ticket for a fall adventure. Maybe you and a couple of friends could rent an apartment for fall and spring semesters? I guarantee you'll have a great time while getting a superb education.

If you need to find classes at Rocklin or Roseville, don't despair. Every night, students who have not paid for their classes within 10 days of registering are dropped automatically. Watch the classes your interested in and you may just find the perfect opening.

If all else fails, register for the classes that may not be your first choice, but you will need anyway. This way, you will be a continuing student and you will receive priority registration for the spring semester. 

And finally, there is always the possibility that you'll be able to add your class in the first two weeks. Get add slips from Admissions and Records and show up for the first class. If some students don't show up, the professor may give you an add code.

Good luck, don't give up, and remember that persistence will pay off.

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