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

5 Writing Tips for Students

Posted by Sam Ritz on Nov 6, 2017 8:06:02 AM

Whether you have an essay for your ENG 101 class looming or you're participating in this November's NaNoWriMo at the JJC Library write ins on Wednesdays, you know that a blank screen with a blinking cursor can be intimidating. If you have a lot of work ahead of you and you're not sure where to start, the tips outlined in this blog can help you power through your writing slump. Good luck!

 

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5 Workout Tips

Posted by Sam Ritz on Oct 9, 2017 8:02:05 AM

Did you know that regular exercise can improve your mood? It can also help reduce stress, anxiety and help you sleep better. If you're looking to jumpstart your workout routine, check out our five tips below.

Looking for a little extra motivation? Register for the JJC Haunted 5K on Sunday, Oct. 22!

 

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10 Tips for First Time Adult Students

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jul 31, 2017 8:37:00 AM

We get it. Coming back to school as an adult is a little nerve-wracking - but it's totally worth it, especially if you're studying for something you're passionate about or working toward a career that will help make a better life for you and your family.

JJC is the perfect choice for adult students not only because it's one of the most affordable options out there (check our tuition rates here), but also because it offers flexible schedules (evening/weekend classes; online and hybrid options), and multiple campus locations (Joliet, City Center, Romeoville, Morris).

Planning on attending JJC as an adult student this fall? Check out ten tips for success below.

Want to apply? Click here.
Need to register for classes? Click here.

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5 Life Hacks for JJC Students

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jul 10, 2017 8:11:56 AM

You can find new "life hack" ideas around every corner of the internet - from putting pancake batter into a ketchup bottle to placing tea bags in your shoes to absorb the odor. But did you know that there are life hacks just for JJC students, too? Check out five of them below!

 

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How to Do Well in Your Summer Class (Even Though it's Only 6 Weeks Long)

Posted by Sam Ritz on May 22, 2017 8:01:35 AM


While there are many benefits to taking summer classes (check out
10 of them here), it's no secret that they can be challenging. And since the semester is shorter, it's essential to be on top of your game.  

If this is your first time taking a summer class, look no further than our blog below, where we highlight a few tips and tricks that will help you successfully complete your class.

Not enrolled?
You can still register for our summer sessions starting on June 5 And July 3 by visiting eResources

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How to Start Your Summer Internship Search

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 13, 2017 10:34:54 AM

Have you ever thought about getting a summer internship? Internships are great resume builders and they also give you the opportunity to obtain real world experience. Another benefit is that students are 67 percent more likely to be hired by the company they intern for, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) - which means a job after graduation!

No matter what field you're entering, internships will give you an advantage in the workforce. Below are five ways you can start your summer internship search now.

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6 Strange (But Useful) Ways to Prepare for Finals

Posted by Sam Ritz on Dec 5, 2016 8:23:00 AM


Ahhh, the sweet relief of the end of the semester. Pretty soon you'll be on break, enjoying well deserved time off. 

But it's not over yet - and you still have to make it through final exams! To help out, here's a fun list below - you may be surprised to discover how well you can pull off some of these strange (but useful!) study tips.

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How to Start Your Transfer School Search NOW

Posted by Sam Ritz on Nov 10, 2016 8:03:38 AM

Did you know that there are more than 2,600 four-year schools in the U.S. (and 119 in Illinois)? That's a crazy amount to choose from!

According to InsideHigherEd, 37 percent of all college students will choose to transfer to another school at one point or another during their time in college. So, as a JJC student, how do you even begin to start your transfer school search? With so many choices and so much to do, we've put together a few tips on how you can start your search right now. 

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Tips for Navigating the Joliet Regional Job Fair

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Apr 5, 2016 8:59:59 AM

Are you in the market for an internship or job? The Annual Joliet Regional Job Fair is a great place to start!

This year’s event takes place on Friday, April 8 from 1-4 p.m. at JJC (J-Building). There will be more than 60 local and national companies on site, including Home Depot, H&M, Walgreens, NAPA Auto Parts, Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel, Exelon and more.

If you plan to attend, make sure to dress in professional business attire, bring resumes, and come prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

Not sure if your resume is up to par, or need to brush up on your interviewing skills? We got you covered! Check out the videos below for helpful tips.

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Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Dec 22, 2015 9:10:23 AM

JJC New Year's Resolutions 

January is almost over – how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If the answer is ‘not great’ or 'I don't want to talk about it,' don’t worry, it’s not too late to turn things around! Read on for helpful tips to keep your resolutions going all year long.

1. Tell your #Squad: Individuals that let others know about their resolutions are more likely to keep them. So fill your family, friends – or if you’re feeling bold – Facebook community in on your 2016 goals. Having the backing of the people you care about can go a long way (and it really ups the accountability factor).

2. Try the 15 Minute Rule: Doesn’t it seem like when you try to give something up, that’s the only thing you can think about? Next time the ‘craving’ hits, take note of the time, and then give yourself 15 minutes before giving in. In the meantime, do a task or activity that keeps you occupied – like scrolling through Facebook, going for a walk or calling a friend. Often, these cravings are a result of visual cues – example: watching a Pepsi commercial and then making a beeline for the vending machine. By giving your brain something else to do for those 15 minutes, you’ll likely forget all about the craving.

3. Visualize Your Success: It’s been scientifically proven that individuals who physically see their resolutions are more likely to keep them. Try writing your goals down on paper, or printing out images of the people or places that inspired them in the first place – like a picture of your family. Put these items near spots that tempt you, like a family photo where you usually keep your cigarettes, or your written weight loss resolutions on the cabinet with the Girl Scout cookies.

4. Be Careful What You Wish For: It’s easy to make a blanket resolution like “I want to lose 10 lbs.” But this type of resolution requires you to take multiple sub-steps in order to be successful.  For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, a few extra minutes on the treadmill every week isn’t going to cut it. You’ll likely need to cook and eat differently, start a consistent workout routine or even avoid certain places altogether. (Maybe stepping inside Starbucks without ordering a 400-cal. Frappuccino sounds like medieval torture). Those that think through the sub-steps and possible roadblocks associated with their resolutions are more likely to keep them.

5. Rework the Absolutes: Think back to your last fight with a family member or significant other. Did you find yourself saying (or screaming) “You ALWAYS…” or “You NEVER...” The words ‘always’ and ‘never’ are absolutes, and while they typically don’t help you win arguments, they definitely don’t help you keep resolutions. If you made a resolution like, “I’m never smoking again,” try reworking it to instead include a limited restriction. “I’ll only smoke on the weekends.” Continue refining the resolution based on your progress, until you ultimately DO quit smoking.

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