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It’s Summer! Reflect, Recharge, Recognize and Reignite Your Goals

Dear Students,

As Student Success Coaches, we would like to take this opportunity to reach out and communicate with you directly. We understand that your academic journey can be challenging, but please know that we are here to support you every step of the way.

We want to remind you that your success is our top priority. We are here to provide you with guidance, resources, and support to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you need assistance with time management, study skills, or navigating the university, we are here to help.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. For this reason we have created this entry to provide you with a direct message and to be able to contact us more directly. We hope you enjoy.

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It’s Summer! Reflect, Recharge, Recognize and Reignite Your Goals

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Welcome to June and, for some of you, the beginning of summer break! As we step into this new month, let’s take a moment to recognize the significance of June 19, Juneteenth—a vital celebration of freedom and resilience in Black history. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve come and how much further we can go together.

For those of you off for the summer, I hope you enjoy every moment. Bask in the sun, relax, and recharge. But remember to carve out a little time to review your notes and keep your mind fresh. A little effort now can make a big difference when classes resume.

Graduate students, I see you working hard without a summer break. It’s crucial to take short breaks, breathe, and rejuvenate. Self-care is essential. Remember why you started this journey and keep believing in yourself. You’re doing incredible work, and taking care of your well-being will help you go the distance.

For anyone contemplating going back to school, let me tell you—if it’s something you’ve always wanted or feel a desire to do, go for it. Time will pass regardless. Two years from now will be two years from now, whether you take the leap or not. The real question is, what will you be saying to yourself in two years if you don’t?

Here’s to a fantastic summer! Embrace each moment, take care of yourselves, and keep striving towards your goals.

Ndala M. Booker, Ed.D.

Chief Student Success Officer

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May Motivation and Making It to the Finish Line

Dear Students,

As Student Success Coaches, we would like to take this opportunity to reach out and communicate with you directly. We understand that your academic journey can be challenging, but please know that we are here to support you every step of the way.

We want to remind you that your success is our top priority. We are here to provide you with guidance, resources, and support to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you need assistance with time management, study skills, or navigating the university, we are here to help.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. For this reason we have created this entry to provide you with a direct message and to be able to contact us more directly. We hope you enjoy.

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May Motivation and Making It to the Finish Line

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Can you believe it’s May already? Time really flies when you’re knee-deep in assignments and chasing deadlines! As we gear up for the final stretch of the semester, it’s crucial to keep your eyes on the prize and finish strong. With exams looming just around the corner, now’s the time to buckle down and give it your all. Let’s carve out those precious study sessions, make those detailed study guides, and put in the extra effort to really nail those grades. But amidst the chaos of exams and papers, do not forget why you embarked on this academic journey in the first place. Whether it’s to pursue a passion, achieve a lifelong dream, or simply broaden your horizons, each of us has a unique purpose driving us forward. Hold onto that purpose tightly, especially when the going gets tough.

I know it’s sometimes easy to doubt yourself when the pressure is on.  But let me remind you: you’ve made it this far, and that’s no small feat! You are capable, you are resilient, and you absolutely have what it takes to succeed. So, rally together with your fellow students, support each other, and push through these last few weeks with determination and grit. The finish line is in sight, and I have no doubt that each and every one of you will cross it with flying colors.

You’ve got this!

FocusQuest is focused on you. Are you focused on you?

Ndala M. Booker, Ed.D.

Chief Student Success Officer

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Spring Into Success: Embracing the Journey of the Final Weeks of the Semester

Dear Students,

As Student Success Coaches, we would like to take this opportunity to reach out and communicate with you directly. We understand that your academic journey can be challenging, but please know that we are here to support you every step of the way.

We want to remind you that your success is our top priority. We are here to provide you with guidance, resources, and support to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you need assistance with time management, study skills, or navigating the university, we are here to help.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. For this reason we have created this entry to provide you with a direct message and to be able to contact us more directly. We hope you enjoy.

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Spring Into Success: Embracing the Journey of the Final Weeks of the Semester

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Spring has sprung, and we find ourselves in the homestretch of the semester—a time buzzing with anticipation, fatigue, and the promise of new beginnings. Whether you’re logging into virtual classes or attending in-person sessions, you might be feeling the weight of end-of-year activities. Some of you are sprinting towards the finish line with a newfound energy, while others may be dragging their feet a bit. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, remember to lean on the study habits you’ve honed throughout the term.

As we approach finals, now’s the time to carve out dedicated space for preparation. Don’t leave it all to the last minute; give yourself the gift of ample time to review and revise. Additionally, consider dipping your toes into the pool of summer internships. Don’t hesitate to take steps that will propel you towards your professional aspirations.

Amidst the chaos and excitement, take a moment to appreciate where you are in your academic and life journey. This season, though hectic, is just a fleeting chapter in the grand story of your life. Embrace every moment—the highs, the lows, and everything in between.

As we bid adieu to another semester, let’s remain steadfast, resilient, and open to new opportunities. You’ve worked tirelessly to reach this point, and your perseverance is commendable. Keep pushing forward, and remember to savor the journey.

Wishing you all a successful April and a moment of reflection on how far you’ve come.

Ndala M. Booker, Ed.D.

Chief Student Success Officer

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Greetings, Focused Scholars!

Dear Students,

As Student Success Coaches, we would like to take this opportunity to reach out and communicate with you directly. We understand that your academic journey can be challenging, but please know that we are here to support you every step of the way.

We want to remind you that your success is our top priority. We are here to provide you with guidance, resources, and support to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you need assistance with time management, study skills, or navigating the university, we are here to help.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. For this reason we have created this entry to provide you with a direct message and to be able to contact us more directly. We hope you enjoy.

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Greetings, Focused Scholars!

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As we continue our journey through the semester, I want to circle back to our February discussion about striving for excellence and practicing kindness. This March, as we celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s honor the incredible women in our lives by embodying these principles. Let’s emulate their strength, resilience, and compassion as we navigate our academic and personal endeavors.

With midterms looming on the horizon, it’s essential to carve out time for preparation. Instead of cramming at the last minute, consider spreading out your study sessions over a reasonable period. Break down your study material into manageable chunks and allocate time each day to review. Trust me, it’s much easier to absorb information this way. Plan your study sessions strategically, allowing yourself breaks to recharge and maintain focus.

And while we’re on the topic of planning, let’s not forget about Spring Break! While it’s a well-deserved time for relaxation and fun, it’s crucial to prioritize safety and responsibility. Whether you’re traveling or staying local, make smart choices and look out for one another. Remember, your well-being is paramount, so take care of yourselves and each other

As we navigate through March, let’s honor the legacy of remarkable women, prioritize our studies with mindful preparation, and enjoy a well-deserved break responsibly.

Wishing you all a successful and enjoyable month ahead!

Ndala M. Booker, Ed.D.

Chief Student Success Officer

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Greetings, Illustrious Scholars! (And yes, that means you!)

Dear Students,

As Student Success Coaches, we would like to take this opportunity to reach out and communicate with you directly. We understand that your academic journey can be challenging, but please know that we are here to support you every step of the way.

We want to remind you that your success is our top priority. We are here to provide you with guidance, resources, and support to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you need assistance with time management, study skills, or navigating the university, we are here to help.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. For this reason we have created this entry to provide you with a direct message and to be able to contact us more directly. We hope you enjoy.

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Greetings, Illustrious Scholars! (And yes, that means you!)

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I don’t know about you, but January seemed to Zoom by for me. Now, as we dive into February, a month celebrating both Black history and love, I’m ready to kick things off with a dual challenge for each of you.

First challenge? Strive for excellence. In our pursuit of greatness, we pay homage to the melanated scholars who paved the way for equal educational rights. We’re standing on the shoulders of trailblazers like Mary McLeod Bethune, a total powerhouse from back in the day. Born in 1875, she was all about education, civil rights, and breaking barriers. Imagine her fighting for the freedom to learn and founding the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in 1904 – the roots of Bethune-Cookman University. Now, that’s a legacy worth honoring. Let’s channel that energy into reaching new heights in our own educational journeys.

Seek help when needed. Whether it’s tackling a tricky assignment or needing some advice, don’t hesitate to reach out. You are building your future, so every assignment is a building block, and every class is a stepping stone.

Now, onto the second challenge, and this one may be harder than the first. Strive to be kind. Extend kindness not only to those close to you but to everyone who crosses your path. It gets easier to be kind when we suspend judgment. In the wise words of Ted Lasso, “Be curious, not judgmental.” Often, we think we objectively understand others, but in reality, our knowledge is limited. This month let’s make our forefathers proud. Be curious, ask questions instead of passing judgments, and choose kindness above all. Remember, you’re not only scholars but contributors to a culture of understanding and compassion. Choose to be kind. It has the power to transform our environment and uplift those around us.

Wishing you all an inspiring and fulfilling month of growth, curiosity, and kindness. Strive for excellence, stay focused, and embrace the spirit of love and learning.

Ndala M. Booker, Ed.D.

Chief Student Success Officer

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Welcome 2024

Dear Students,

As Student Success Coaches, we would like to take this opportunity to reach out and communicate with you directly. We understand that your academic journey can be challenging, but please know that we are here to support you every step of the way.

We want to remind you that your success is our top priority. We are here to provide you with guidance, resources, and support to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you need assistance with time management, study skills, or navigating the university, we are here to help.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. For this reason we have created this entry to provide you with a direct message and to be able to contact us more directly. We hope you enjoy.

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Welcome 2024

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Happy 2024 to all of you fantastic students of all kinds and every level – high schoolers, undergrads, grads, and certificate achievers! Welcome to a brand-new year filled with exciting possibilities!

As you dive into 2024, remember this: success is a journey, not a destination. It won’t always be a cakewalk, but oh, the adventure is so worth it! Think about it – no epic story started with, “Once upon a time, everything was easy.”

Persistence is your secret sauce! When the going gets tough (and it will), keep pushing forward. Trust me; the view from the top is way more spectacular when you’ve conquered some hurdles.

Now, let’s chat mindset and academic attitude. Be aware of them like your favorite Netflix show updates! Recognize any habits that might be dragging you down. Are you a midnight crammer or a procrastination pro? Identifying these quirks is your first step to supercharging your success.

As you embark on this academic adventure, don’t forget to sprinkle some fun, happiness, and peace into the mix. Life’s too short for all work and no play! Make friends, explore new interests, and savor every success, big or small.

Here’s to a year filled with growth, laughter, and discovering your awesome potential. You’ve got this! Cheers to your success and the countless adventures that lie ahead!

Ndala M. Booker, Ed.D.

Chief Student Success Officer

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Massasoit Community College Launches New Black Studies Major

Massasoit Community College Launches New Black Studies Major

In a pioneering move, Massasoit Community College, located in Massachusetts, has become the first two-year school in the state to offer a degree program in Black Studies. This initiative aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Black experience through courses such as “Sociology of Race and Ethnicity” and “Contemporary Issues in the Black Community.”

The Decade-Long Journey

The roots of this groundbreaking program trace back a decade when student feedback highlighted the need for a more culturally diverse curriculum. “In 2020, as interest grew and Black student enrollment increased, Sauvignon crafted a Black Studies curriculum and submitted it to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The program got approval last spring.”

Dr. Sauvignon emphasizes that the program goes beyond catering solely to Black students. It serves as a platform for students from all backgrounds to gain insights into the Black experience, fostering understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures. “It’s a good place in time right now, where critical race theory is being embraced, where understanding and appreciating cultures is being embraced, with racial equity and DEI initiatives being embraced.”

Shaping Future Perspectives

Renowned sociologist Dr. Elijah Anderson stresses the importance of understanding Black Studies as a reflection of American history. This innovative program is designed not only to empower Black students but also to enlighten students of all backgrounds about different cultural experiences. Dr. Shawn Utsey, professor of psychology, emphasizes how exposure to the Black narrative can reduce biases, particularly among those in law enforcement. “If we can expose them to let them know that Black folks are just different sometimes – there’s not anything to be afraid of – people would perhaps be less alarmed in the presence of Black people, and we will reduce the many, many mishaps that occur.”

Beyond Academia

The interdisciplinary approach of Massasoit’s Black Studies courses ensures that the knowledge gained isn’t confined to a singular academic pursuit. Credits from these courses count toward liberal arts and humanities elective requirements across various degrees and facilitate smooth credit transfers to four-year colleges. “The goal is to provide the foundation for Black students to understand who they are, where they come from, and where they can go. For non-Black students, it’s an opportunity to learn about different cultural experiences that would enhance their academic learning.”

Current Status and Future Goals

Though the program is in its early stages with three declared majors, leaders at Massasoit express optimism about its growth. They aim to increase visibility and enrollment through presentations and community collaborations, with hopes of expanding the program to include Women’s Studies and Latino Studies in the future. “Next fall, we’re obviously a lot more optimistic that we’ll see people actually going into the major.”

As Massasoit pioneers Black Studies in the community college landscape, it sets a precedent for embracing diverse perspectives and fostering a deeper understanding of cultural experiences.

#BlackStudies #Diversity #Education #InnovationInCurriculum #MassasoitCollege #HigherEducation

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5 Steps to Setting SMART Goals: Achieving Success in the New Year

5 Steps to Setting SMART Goals: Achieving Success in the New Year

The beginning of a new year marks a period of renewal and aspirations. While many embark on setting resolutions, the key to transforming these aspirations into accomplishments lies in crafting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound — SMART goals. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of setting and achieving your SMART goals, offering valuable insights to keep you motivated and on track.

Step 1: Identify Your Goal

The foundation of any SMART goal is a clear identification of what you aim to achieve. Precision is crucial. Instead of a vague goal like “lose weight,” strive for specificity, such as “shed 10 pounds by June.” This clarity sets the stage for a well-defined path forward.

Step 2: Make it Measurable

A SMART goal is one that can be measured, allowing you to gauge your progress and adjust your efforts accordingly. Instead of a broad objective like “be more organized,” zero in on a measurable target: “clean and organize my closet by the end of the month.” This way, you can tangibly track your accomplishments.

Step 3: Make it Attainable

While ambition is commendable, ensuring your goal is attainable is equally essential. Realism should guide your aspirations. If you’ve never run a marathon before, a goal of completing one in a month might be unrealistic. Establish goals that are challenging yet realistically within reach.

Step 4: Make it Relevant

Your goals should align with your current situation and broader life objectives. If fitness improvement is the aim, a goal to become a professional basketball player may not be relevant unless basketball is already a significant part of your life. Relevance ensures your goals contribute meaningfully to your overall vision.

Step 5: Set a Deadline

Give your goal a sense of urgency by setting a deadline. Rather than a generic goal to “save money,” specify a target: “save $1,000 by December.” This not only provides clarity but also instills a timeframe for accomplishment, fostering commitment.

 

Tips for Staying Motivated and on Track
  • Break it Down: Complex goals can be overwhelming. Break them into smaller, manageable steps for a more achievable roadmap.
  • Track Progress: Keep a record of your journey. Celebrate small victories along the way to maintain motivation.
  • Remember Your Why: Revisit the initial inspiration behind your goal when motivation wanes. This reminder can reignite your drive.
  • Build a Support System: Surround yourself with individuals who understand your aspirations and offer encouragement. A supportive community can be a powerful motivator.

 

Setting SMART goals is more than a New Year’s tradition — it’s a proven strategy for turning dreams into reality. By following these steps and staying dedicated to your journey, you’re not just setting goals; you’re unlocking a path to success.

 

#SmartGoals #GoalSetting #NewYear #SuccessTips #PersonalDevelopment #Motivation #Mindset #FocusedLiving #FocusQuest

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Finishing Up for the Holidays with Focus and Finesse

Dear Students,

As Student Success Coaches, we would like to take this opportunity to reach out and communicate with you directly. We understand that your academic journey can be challenging, but please know that we are here to support you every step of the way.

We want to remind you that your success is our top priority. We are here to provide you with guidance, resources, and support to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you need assistance with time management, study skills, or navigating the university, we are here to help.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. For this reason we have created this entry to provide you with a direct message and to be able to contact us more directly. We hope you enjoy.

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Finishing Up for the Holidays with Focus and Finesse

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As we ride the academic sleigh into the twinkling lights of December, it’s time to gear up for that final sprint to the semester finish line! Here are a few notes to keep you in tune with success.

While the world is starting to wrap up in tinsel and holiday cheer, remember to unwrap your textbooks too! At almost every college/university, the holiday season sparkles with celebrations and parties, but don’t allow the glitter to distract you from your goals. Balance is the key to decking the halls and acing your exams, so celebrate wisely! Purposefully set aside time to hit the books. Prioritize study sessions over the mistletoe – your GPA will thank you! Don’t let those final projects linger like the last few pieces of popcorn in the Christmas popcorn tin! Carve out your space, set your intentions, and sleigh those assignments with purpose. You’ve got this!

Of course, once the semester snow globe settles, take a purposeful moment to exhale. You’ve sleighed the challenges, and now you deserve the break. Catch your breath and embrace the festive spirit. As you unwrap the gift of a break, don’t forget to spend quality time with family and friends. They’ve missed you during the semester hustle, so spread joy and make memories together. As you sip on hot cocoa and cozy up by the fire, enjoy every moment of your well-deserved holiday. You’ve earned it, and the new year is just around the corner!

From all us of here at FocusQuest, we wish you a December filled with focus, festivities, and fantastic memories. Cheers to a jolly holiday!

Ndala M. Booker, Ed.D.

Chief Student Success Officer

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Expanding our Focus and Embarking on a Quest for Success

Embarking on a "Quest for Success" with FocusQuest's New Course

In a bid to empower the next generation with essential life skills, FocusQuest has recently unveiled its latest educational offering – the “Quest for Success” course. Excitement surrounds the more than 50 middle school students who have embarked on this transformative journey, which kicked off in the month of October.

Expanding our Reach: FocusQuest is extending its educational impact beyond higher education. 

We now proudly offer courses that leverage our expertise to bring about positive change in middle and high school education, as well as lifelong learning beyond college and higher education. Acknowledging the crucial role of establishing a robust foundation for academic and personal success during these formative years, we are delighted to introduce our latest educational offering – the “Quest for Success” course.

What Does the Course Entail? 

The “Quest for Success” course is a comprehensive program comprising eight modules that delve into the fascinating realm of critical thinking. Each module addresses key aspects crucial for a student’s academic journey, including topics such as “Discovering Yourself as a Student,” “Time Management,” “Study Skills,” “Test-Taking Strategies,” and practical applications of critical thinking.

Featuring an In-depth 90-Page Booklet by the FQ Team  

As an integral part of the course, participants receive a 90-page booklet meticulously crafted by the FocusQuest team. This comprehensive resource serves as a guide throughout the program, providing additional insights, exercises, and valuable information to complement the module content.

Why is it Crucial for Middle School Students? 

The foundation for academic and personal success is laid during the formative years of middle school. Recognizing this pivotal stage, “Quest for Success” aims to equip young minds with indispensable skills. Critical thinking, time management, and effective study habits take center stage in this course. These skills not only contribute to academic excellence but also prepare students for the challenges that lie ahead.

An Investment in the Future 

Enrolling in “Quest for Success” is more than just participating in a course – it’s an investment in the future. FocusQuest believes in shaping well-rounded, thoughtful, and high-achieving individuals. By providing middle school students with the tools they need to navigate both academia and life, FocusQuest is paving the way for a generation of individuals poised for success.

As we witness the commencement of “Quest for Success” in the month of November, we anticipate the positive impact it will have on the lives of these middle school students, fostering a community of learners who are not just academically adept but also equipped with the skills to thrive in the complexities of life. Explore the full spectrum of our courses offerings and set the stage for academic excellence and students’ personal growth: FocusQuest Courses.

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