JJC Blog

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

Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted by Sam Ritz on Apr 1, 2019 8:08:00 AM

Thirty-seven percent of Americans agree that spring cleaning improves mental health - which means that old phrase, "mess causes stress" has some merit to it. We all know that cleaning isn't fun, but there are some real benefits of having a tidy home, from less fatigue and stress to reduced allergy symptoms.

You don't need to binge watch Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo to get started on your spring cleaning. Take a look below for some quick tips, whether you want to tackle your car, your room, your home or your apartment.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks

Alums Show Appreciation for JJC on Twitter

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 25, 2019 8:08:00 AM

Attending community college is one of the smartest decisions you can make for your future. This is a sentiment that New York Magazine and Huffpost reporter Yashar Ali knows all too well. In a tweet from March 14, he asked other Twitter users to express their love for community colleges - and several of our very own JJC alums replied. 

See a few of the tweets below - and thank you to all of our wonderful alums for giving us a shout out! 

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Community

3 Steps to Apply for Scholarships

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 18, 2019 8:03:00 AM

Did you know that you can apply for multiple JJC scholarships all at once? Our scholarship application does the hard work for you - all you have to do is answer a few questions and you'll be automatically entered into the scholarships you qualify for.

Apply Soon! The scholarship deadline for the fall 2019 semester is May 1, 2019.

In the meantime, take a look below to learn about the three steps you need to take to apply for scholarships.

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Tips & Tricks, About JJC

5 Things to Work on During Spring Break

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 4, 2019 8:08:00 AM

Students: you made it! Next week is finally spring break! 

Whether you're staying in for some much needed R&R or busy with work and family, we hope you'll enjoy this well-deserved break from classes.

Looking for something productive to do during your time off? Below are five things you can work on over spring break.

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Tags: For New Students, Tips & Tricks

3 Projects to Create in the MakerLab

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 25, 2019 8:02:00 AM

Did you know that JJC has its very own MakerLab?

Packed with cool equipment (most notably 3D printers), the lab is an environment for both students and the community to create almost anything they want using materials like filament, craft plywood, acrylic sheets, vinyl and more. Note: Anyone can tour or visit the MakerLab during regular hours, but to use the equipment in the lab, you must be a MakerLab member.

Wondering what you can make? Take a look below!

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Community

5 Research Tips for Students

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 11, 2019 8:02:00 AM

Ah, the research paper.

It can be one of the most time-consuming homework assignments that you'll ever work on in college. If you find yourself grunting every time you think about it, stop right where you are and take a look at the helpful tips below - they may make the process a little easier. 

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Tags: Tips & Tricks

7 Interesting Photos Discovered in JJC Yearbooks

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 4, 2019 8:05:00 AM

If you're a JJC student, there's at least one thing you have in common with the Lost Generation (those born 1883 to 1900): you attend the same community college as they did.

JJC has been in operation since 1901, and as the very first community college in the U.S., there's nearly 120 years of history in its grasp. Want to take a stroll down memory lane? Keep scrolling for seven interesting snip-its from the past, discovered in JJC yearbooks and other archives.

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Community

Why You Should Know About JJC's Flex Start Classes

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jan 28, 2019 8:02:00 AM

Have you heard of flex start classes? Formerly labeled as "late start," JJC's flex start classes allow you to begin your course after the semester start date. They have a shorter duration than a regular, 16-week class and usually last between eight to 14 weeks. You can register for them at any time - even weeks after the semester has started.

Here are a few things we think you should know about these flexible classes: 

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Tags: For New Students, Tips & Tricks, About JJC

7 Goals To Set This Semester

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jan 14, 2019 8:01:00 AM

Did you know that goal setting decreases procrastination and helps you focus? It may seem like something small, but working toward a goal is a powerful tool for productivity. Even if your goal is simple (like practicing meditation once a week or to drink more water), you'll still benefit because you're establishing healthy habits.  

Want to create a goal for this semester? Take a look at our list below for ideas!

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Tags: For New Students, Tips & Tricks, Just for Fun

5 New Year's Resolutions Students Can Commit To

Posted by Sam Ritz on Dec 17, 2018 8:09:00 AM

By February, 80 percent of people will have already given up on their New Year's resolutions.

Want to stick to yours? Be specific with the goals you set - and make them easy. Our list below tweaks five common New Year's resolutions to make them more manageable for students. 

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Just for Fun