During fall orientation, TSC doles out ‘college knowledge’
Create small successes. Compare your best only to your previous best. Have a reason to keep trying.
That was some of the advice doled out Saturday to incoming Texas Southmost College students and their parents by motivational speaker Andres “The Cuban Guy” Lara during orientation. The audience heard lectures from Lara, received information about financial aid and toured the campus.
Armando Ponce, executive director of student life, said 646 people took part in Scorpion Connection. The event is geared toward first-time students and their parents, and aims to motivate and bestow “college knowledge” upon attendees, he said.
“There are a lot of resources and people here to help them be successful,” Ponce said, such as tutors, faculty and student organizations. “We want them to get involved in campus life and integrated into the campus community.”
Research shows students’ first two weeks on campus are critical, he said, because it impacts their sense of belonging.
“We want to validate them being students,” Ponce said. “Some students get lost in the shuffle, (so) student engagement is a priority.”
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