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Learn more about student life and what you can accomplish at Joliet Junior College in our blog.

7 Nearby Places to Visit During Spring Break

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 5, 2018 8:12:00 AM

Spring break will be here before you know it! If you don't have a trip planned, but you're still looking for something fun to do locally, we've got you covered. We've listed seven things you can do for fun within a 60-mile radius of JJC below. 

Enjoy your spring break! 

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays

Money Management Tips

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 26, 2018 8:15:00 AM

Whether you're age 18 or 38, keeping a balanced budget is tricky - especially if you're in college and juggling multiple costs. 

According to a Gallup poll, only 30 percent of Americans keep a regular household budget. If you don't have a budget (but would like to create one), we've gathered a few helpful tips that will get you started below. 

Questions about your financial aid? Visit jjc.edu/financial-aid.

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Tips & Tricks

Social Media Tips & Tricks

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 12, 2018 10:52:00 AM

Did you know that more than 70 percent of employers look up their applicants on social media? If you're nearing graduation, there's no better time than the present to start adjusting the way you use social media so you'll have a better chance at landing the perfect job. 

Read on for five social media tips and tricks below.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks

5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 5, 2018 8:10:00 AM

February is Black History Month - a time to celebrate diversity, create awareness and honor the African Americans who have played significant roles in U.S. history, from Harriet Tubman to Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are so many ways you can celebrate - take a look at our list below for some ideas.

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays

5 Reasons Why College is Worth the Money

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jan 29, 2018 9:08:00 AM

It's no secret that college can be expensive - but it's also an investment in your future. When you spend money on classes to obtain a degree, remember that you're doing it to give yourself a huge advantage in the workforce.

How huge? You may be surprised to learn how valuable a college degree really is - even if you're only planning on getting an associate degree. Take a look at five reasons why college is a good idea despite the high cost below. 

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Careers, Tips & Tricks

5 Helpful Apps for Students

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jan 22, 2018 8:10:00 AM

Did you know that smartphone users spend 52 percent of their digital media time on mobile apps? 
From studying to planning, money management and stress relief, we've listed five apps that will help you succeed in college below. Take a look!

Not a JJC student? Apply today - late start classes are still available.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Just for Fun

7 Ways to Focus Your Mind

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jan 12, 2018 1:59:00 PM

Is your brain still on "vacation mode" after a long winter break? Are you worried that you're going to find it hard to concentrate, at least at the beginning of this new semester? According to Psychology Today, you're not alone - the "post vacation" blues are a real thing.

But the good news is you can overcome them! To help you transition into second semester, we've compiled a list of tips to help you start the year off fresh - whether this is your first semester or your last. Good luck!

Haven't applied to JJC yet? Late start classes are still available. Apply here.

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QUIZ: What Should I Study?

Posted by Sam Ritz on Dec 18, 2017 8:02:21 AM

Undecided about your major? You're not alone. According to the academic advising journal The Mentor, approximately 20 to 50 percent of college students are undecided in their first year of college.

To see which JJC majors would best fit your interests, we've created a quick 11-question quiz that follows the six basic personality types outlined below. Make sure to keep track of your answers as you go along.

Looking for a more in-depth test to help you choose a major? Take the JJC Career Services Career Coach assessment here.

Need some more clarity? Make an appointment with a counselor at the Career Services Center. Call (815) 280-2756 or email careers@jjc.edu 

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Tags: Careers, Just for Fun

9 Awesome Gifts You Can Afford on a College Student Budget

Posted by Sam Ritz on Dec 11, 2017 9:45:03 AM

Gift giving is stressful when you're on a college student budget - but it's not impossible! If you're unsure what you're going to do about your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gifts this year, check out a few of our gift ideas below, ranging from $1 to $20.

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Holidays

5 Reasons Why Making Your Payment Now is Important

Posted by Sam Ritz on Dec 1, 2017 8:26:10 AM


Are you registered for summer classes? If so, for many of you, your payment is due on May 9 (see chart below for full details). Whether you plan to pay in full or are using one of our payment plan optionsthe important thing is that no matter what, you have a payment or payment arrangements completed by your tuition deadline - or else you'll run the risk of being dropped from your classes.

Check out our list below to see why making your payment now is important.


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