Ten Tips to Stay Motivated This Semester

Does this semester seem to be dragging on for you? Are you counting down the days until graduation (or summer break)? We know it is time for midterms, and you might be struggling to find the motivation to get through this semester, so we created a list of tips to help you finish the semester strong!

  1. Get Organized: Make it easy on yourself! Whether it is your notes, your backpack, or your life, get organized and stay organized! Make sure you know where to find all the notes you need, and make sure you know your deadlines.
  2. Make It Fun: Speaking of those notes, make them fun! Write with different colored pens, make your notes color-coordinated, or use colorful highlighters or doodle in the margins! Give your notes some life and engage your brain!
  3. Make a Goal: What is your goal? A certain GPA? A certain program? Making it out alive?
  4. Stay Focused: Setting short-term and long-term goals will help the semester go by quicker and help keep you on track! If your long-term goal is to make an A in a certain class, your short-term goal could be to have perfect attendance in the class or never miss a homework assignment. Your short-term goals can help you achieve your long-term goals!
  5. Take a Break: Have you been looking at the same book for too long? Take a break! Play a game, grab a snack, or talk to a friend! Take a 15-minute break and reset your focus.
  6. Get Some Fresh Air: The weather is getting warmer! Go for a walk outside or sit at a picnic table, and let your mind rest.
  7. Make a Bucket List: What do you want to do before graduate? Go on a road trip? Get one last free T-shirt at an event on campus? Make a list of things, and start working through them!
  8. Make a Plan: Meet with the College’s Career Services team to ensure that you are prepared for the workforce! Learn more about what the Career Services Department at Chattahoochee Tech offers by visiting the career services page.
  9. Petition to Graduate: Is walking at graduation one of your goals? Make sure you petition to graduate! For more information about graduation, visit the graduation page of the website.
  10. Reward Yourself: You are almost there! Take a moment to reward yourself for how far you have already come.

Getting to Know 2018 GOAL Winner, Madison Potts

Photo of Madison Potts, 2018 GOAL Winner

Meet your 2018 GOAL winner, Madison Potts. She is also the President of the Student Government Association, former Vice President of the Black Student Union, and a member of the National Technical Honor Society.

The Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) focuses on excellence in technical education by honoring outstanding students attending Georgia’s technical colleges and divisions.

When asked why she chose Chattahoochee Technical College, Madison says, “As a 15-year-old (high school) graduate, I was interested in finding a school that best fit my needs and not just a traditionally impressive name. After taking some time to research what nearby schools I could attend, I came across CTC and thought it was perfect for me.”

She is studying Business Management, but during her first semester at Chattahoochee Tech, her first government class piqued her interest in the world of Political Science.

“My government class really changed the trajectory of my academic and professional career,” Madison says. “I was always interested in advocacy and social justice, but I never considered political science as a major.”

After graduation, Madison plans to transfer to complete a Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Master’s degree. Her goal after graduating is to effect positive change in the lives of minorities by working for and volunteering with social justice organizations and community leaders. Though she envisions running for local office one day and working for a nonprofit at some point, when asked about her dream job, she says, “Any job that would allow me to help create a positive change in my community is ideal for me.”

Madison’s favorite thing about Chattahoochee Tech is her instructors and advisors.

“There’s nothing like knowing that there is a team of people rooting for you and working to create your best experience,” adds Madison. “The support I’ve had from the first day is unparalleled and I’m so grateful.”

Her favorite courses she has taken so far are Public Speaking, Sociology, Human Communication and Political Science.
When not on campus, Madison enjoys going to concerts, reading biographies and books on personal growth, roller skating, making jewelry and watching documentaries on Netflix.

Her advice for students considering Chattahoochee Technical College is “CTC is a great option for those who are seeking a graduate degree like me and want the best start to their academic career. My advice would be to set an appointment with an academic advisor to talk about your goals and get a plan in place to achieve them. CTC is all about creating the best experience for you, so make sure you utilize all the resources that are available to help you make the most of your time here.”

Madison would also like to thank her instructor, Shari Szalwinksi, for nominating her for GOAL.

“I can’t thank her enough for believing in me,” she says.


What about CTC are you Thankful for this Year?

With it being the Thanksgiving season, we decided to take to social media and a few classes to find out what our students are thankful for when it comes to Chattahoochee Technical College. A big “thank you” to all who participated. We have shared some of your responses below! We hope you enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family!


“I’m thankful that CTC cares so much about their students; they actually care and give us so many options to benefit our mental and emotional well-being.” – Samantha Taylor, Associate of Science in Nursing

“VERY thankful for Dr. Forrester!!!” – Kayla Morris, Health Care Assistant

“I’m thankful that there are teachers at CTC who care about their students. 🙂 ” – Greyson Dover. Health Care Science

“I’m thankful for the amazing staff!! You guys really go above and beyond for the students!! I really enjoy participating in all the activities thrown by the Office of Student Involvement. I look forward to them!” – Karena Wynn, Clinical Laboratory Technology

“I am thankful for the great instructors and sense of community at Chattahoochee Tech.” – Jakob Biddle, Computer Programming

“I value the instructors and the people at CTC, but mostly the Dual Enrollment program!” – Brennan Morse, Dual Enrollment

“I appreciate the small class sizes- I am able to communicate with my instructors, the helpful staff and the multiple locations.” – Trinh Nguyen, Computer Programming

“I’m a relatively new student, but I’m thankful for the accessibility to the community and the value. Everyone I have encountered thus far has been very helpful. It has impacted me by offering me the opportunity to change the direction of my life.” – Andria Stephenson, Associate of Science in Nursing

“I value the instructors’ passion. The instructors here are always helpful and make classes exciting.” – Gina Franzoso, Health Care Science

“The staff on campus, who I have gotten to know, are very kind and helpful, whether I needed advice in certain situations or just needed someone to talk to.” – Pareeta Desai, Computer Programming

“I am thankful for the small class size and the caring instructors.” – Lee-Ann Bush, Health Care Science

“The professors that equip us with the confidence, knowledge and their time to move forward to better our future.” – Kylista Rodriguez, Occupational Therapy Assistant

“I appreciate the location and the affordability of Chattahoochee Technical College.” – Melissa Wilson, Associate of Science in Nursing


Five Reasons You Should Register Early

You know what they say, the early bird (or Golden Eagle) gets the worm! This phrase can also be applicable when referring to course registration!

We know, you all have busy schedules. That makes registering early for classes even more important! Between work, family responsibilities and school, having an organized schedule (and course schedule) can make your life a little easier!

Course registration for the Spring Semester opened today, so here are five reasons you should register for class early:

Course Selection
Registering early increases your chances of getting the courses you want and need. If a course you need fills up, that could mean an extra semester, or even a year, between you and your diploma.

Registering early makes it possible for students to secure adequate advising as needed from the Office of Advisement and Career Services, or even specialized advising (for example, Disability Support Services, or counseling services). Take advantage of all of the services that are offered to you as a student at Chattahoochee Technical College!

More Money, Less Problems
Students who register early allow themselves time to have any outstanding holds removed and resolve financial aid issues that could impede their progress.

Additional Classes
Early registration allows CTC to better judge the demand of courses and take the necessary steps to respond. Do we need to add courses? Move rooms to allow for more seats? If enough people register early,  we can make the correct changes.

Peace of Mind
Registering early means less stress! This is a great benefit for your emotional well-being.


The Office of Student Involvement

Have you had free Chick-fil-A on campus this semester? Have you tie-dyed a t-shirt, played plinko or ran through a maze? If not, you’re missing out! The Office of Student Involvement exists to enrich the lives of students outside of the classroom through an array of social and educational events and a variety of student organizations. The OSI coordinates at least one event per month on every campus.

“Students should stop by an event to connect with other students from across campus as well as have a fun experience outside of the classroom,” said Brittani Farmer, Student Involvement Specialist. “Through the Student Activity Fee, the Office of Student Involvement is able to provide students with free activities, such as pancakes, games, smoothies, coffee and more!”

When you attend an event and sign in with the OSI, you will be awarded Eagle Bucks. The Eagle Bucks program’s focus is on rewarding students for getting involved in events held throughout the College, including OSI events, Recreation and Intramural events, college and career fairs, workshops, open houses, etc. Students can accumulate points throughout the year and earn prizes including coffee mugs, water bottles, headphones, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker and Six Flags tickets!

There are multiple ways to find out about upcoming events, including: social media, posters in the hallways, emails, and the calendar located on the Office of Student Involvement webpage.

Be on the lookout for these upcoming events hosted by the OSI:
October 9-12: Mid Semester Check-Up
October 18 & 23: Paint-A-Pumpkin
October 30: Halloween Spooktacular
October 31: Trick or Treat at CTC
November 16: Name That Tune
November 30: Winter Wonderland
December 4-7: Exam Breakfast


Backpack Essentials

With today being the first day of class for Fall Semester, we wanted to help you out a bit by recommending items that you should always have on hand (in your backpack). We asked students what their backpack essentials were and came up with a list of the top ten answers:

1. Phone charger (preferably portable): Definitely a necessity.










2. Snacks: Some recommended snacks are: fruit, trail mix, almonds, and anything that can be opened and enjoyed quietly.







3. Water: Hydration is important!








4. Wallet: You never want to be caught at the vending machines with no cash!












5. Lip balm: Especially in the winter months!












6. Paper, Notebooks, Portable Drives: Whether you prefer written or typed, you have to be able to take notes somehow.










7. Planner: Don’t want to overbook yourself or forget important dates!







8. Pencils & Pens: You have to have something to write those notes with!









9. Hand Sanitizer: Germs. Ew.









10.Sweatshirt/Cardigan: Is it me or are 9/10 classrooms always freezing?


Five Study Tips for Finals Week

Finals Week for the Summer Semester is here! Are you ready? We’ve compiled a short list of our best study tips to help you ace your final. Good luck!


MAKE THE TIME: It can be difficult with classes, work, and a family but finding time to study is key. Even if you have 10-15 minutes between classes or class and work, make that time count.

GET ORGANIZED: Make a plan. Know when you’re going to study, what you’re going to study, and where you’re going to study. (Also, organize your study area! You can focus better in a clean and organized space.)

TAKE GOOD NOTES: Whether you like to take detailed notes while in class or while reading the textbook, make sure they are organized so you can go back over them while studying. A few different ways to go over your notes is to type them up, color-code them with different pens or highlighters, or even turn your notes into flashcards.

FIND YOUR ZONE: Determine your personal study style… Do you study best alone or in groups? Do you prefer a silent area, or do you need some activity going on around you? Seek out what atmosphere puts you in your best study zone.

TAKE BREAKS: Although you may feel like you cannot step away from studying, it is important to take breaks and give your brain time to relax. Go for a walk, listen to some music, have a two-minute dance party, or do anything you need to clear your mind.


Study Abroad: Spain

Twelve Chattahoochee Technical College students and three faculty members experienced the trip of a lifetime this summer by visiting Spain as part of an 11-day study abroad trip. While in Spain, the group visited Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Mijas (Costa del Sol region), Seville, Madrid and Segovia. They were also able to experience British culture with a trip to the Rock of Gibraltar to visit the Barbary apes, a species of macaque monkeys that were introduced from Morocco to Gibraltar.

The academic focus of the Study Abroad program is cultural immersion, visiting significant points of interest and instilling a sense of global citizenship.

Health Care Science student Jessica Silvano Malvaez’s favorite part of the trip was visiting all the cathedrals and learning about and observing the differences among the architecture.

“This trip changed my views on friendship,” Malvaez said. “In a matter of days, I made amazing friends. We bonded so much, and I am glad I was able to go on this trip.”

The other study abroad students also enjoyed visiting the cathedrals and palaces, observing the architecture, speaking Spanish with people on the street, a flamenco show, the history, the aqueduct in Spain, meeting with Spanish students and the food, especially the churros!

“This trip allowed me to be open and engaged to other cultures,” states Culinary Arts student Rasheem Washington. “I appreciated the opportunity to learn another language. It allowed me to see some things I have never seen before. This trip impacted me greatly and changed my views on culture and the appreciation of learning another language.”

The next Study Abroad trip will be to Italy and Greece in May 2018. Applications are currently being accepted through the end of January 2018.

For more information, click here.

CTC Study Abroad at the Alhambra



The Library

Looking for a quiet place to study or work on your paper? Look no further! Chattahoochee Technical College has seven libraries with librarians and library staff to help you find what you’re looking for (or help you with that research project)! The libraries are a great place to study, do research, and get help finding information or checking citations.

The Library Services department offers a variety of services, including countless internet resources and books for conducting research or reading for pleasure. The library also provides:

·         Assistance with class papers, projects and assignments

·         Equipment such as computers for school or leisure purposes, printers and photocopiers

·         Facilities such as tables for group study or carrels for individual study, quiet study areas and group study rooms

Every campus library has displays and features tailored to their campus and students. The current featured program at the North Metro Campus is Computer Information Systems. Did you know CTC offers six majors under this program? The display houses books about computers, networking, security, computer ethics and computers in culture. The library on the Marietta Campus currently has a poetry and rock ‘n’ roll display. Check out the featured display on your campus, as well as the display for new books! Who knows? You could come across a new favorite book!

The librarians have put together Library Guides for research assistance, subject guides and useful resources. These include helpful books, databases, citation information and links to support every course or program that is taught at Chattahoochee Tech, as well as special topic features. One special topic guide from this month is about the current hot topic of fake news. Navigating and interpreting digital media can be difficult. This Library Guide hosts tips and information about who and what you should trust on the internet, while also offering insight on yellow journalism—the fake news of the 19th century. Read more here.

For more information about Chattahoochee Technical College Library Services, visit here.